May 21, 2020

101+ ways to improve your Arabic language skills
— Part 03 —

By: Haytham Ibrahim

In this post we still with the series of  101+ ways to improve your Arabic skills, I will try to highlight more methods that will be helpful to ‎you when you start learning Arabic language.

11. Read a translation into Arabic.

Another way of making sure books are easier to understand is to choose a book that was originally translated into Arabic, preferably from your own language.

Even if you haven’t read the book in your own language, you will find the Arabic is written in a slightly simplified way that is more similar to how your own language is written than a book originally written in Arabic would be.

12. Skip the first ten pages.

If you have given up with a book in Arabic or are reading it very slowly, try skimming through the first ten pages or skipping them completely. The start of most books tend to be mainly description and are therefore full of difficult vocabulary and don’t have a clear story line yet to help you understand what is happening and to motivate you to turn the next page.

If the book is still too difficult even after the introductionary part is finished, it is probably time to give that book up for now and try it again after you have read some easier things.

13. Read a book with lots of dialogue.

Opening up books before you buy one and flicking through them to find one with lots of direct dialogue in it has several advantages. If there is less text on the page due to all the speech marks etc, this can make it easier to read and easier to write translations on.

Dialogue is also much easier to understand than descriptive parts of a book, and is much more like the language you will want to learn in order to be able to speak Arabic.

14. Read Arabic language comics.

Even more than books with lots of dialogue, comics can be easy to understand and full of idiomatic language as it is actually spoken.

 There can be difficulties with slang, difficult to understand jokes and/ or dialogue written how people speak rather than with normal spellings, so try to choose which comic carefully. Usually, serious or adventure comics are easier to understand than funny ones.

15. Read Arabic language entertainment guides.

Nowadays most big cities in the world have an Arabic language magazine and/ or online guide to the movies, plays, exhibitions that are on in the city that week.

Reading this in Arabic is not only good value, but it could also guide you to places that Arabic speakers are interested in and where you might hear some Arabic spoken around you.

Haytham Ibrahim

Haytham Ibrahim, Prof. is a highly qualified Arabic language lecturer. He is an expert in TAFL (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language.) Maybe — If you are interested in learning Arabic Language — You have come across his name before. Know more about Haytham from his official website.

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