Speaking skill is usually the #1 challenge for all new Arabic learners. This is a common issue among language learners everywhere. The reason for this is: When you first start learning Arabic language, you may start with reading skill, and start reading online articles, books, information on apps and so on.
If you take a class, you may spend 30% of your time repeating Arabic words, and 70% of the time reading the textbook, doing homework or just listening to a teacher.
So, if you spend most of your time reading instead of speaking, you might get better at reading but your speaking skills grow slow.
In this series, 101+ ways to improve your Arabic skills, I will try to highlight methods that will be helpful to you when you start learning Arabic language.
01. Start your own Arabic language blog.
Even for people who don’t have to write in Arabic, writing can be a great way of properly learning the kind of vocabulary you need to describe your own life and interests, and of thinking about how to stop making grammar mistakes. The problem most people have is that they don’t know what to write about. One traditional way to make sure you write every day in Arabic is to write an Arabic diary (journal), and a more up to date way of doing this is to write a blog. Popular topics include your language learning experience, your experience studying abroad, your local area, your language, or translations of your local news into Arabic.
02. Write a news diary.
Another daily writing task that can work for people who would be bored by writing about their own routines in a diary is to write about the news that you read and listen to everyday. If you include your predictions for how you think the story will develop (e.g. “I think Hillary will become president”), this can give you a good reason to read old entries another time, at which time you can also correct and mistakes you have made and generally improve what you have written.
03. Sign up for a regular Arabic tip.
Some websites offer a weekly or even daily short Arabic lesson sent to your email account. If your mobile phone has an e-mail address, it is also possible to have the tips sent to your phone to read on the way to work or school. Please note, however, that such services are not usually graded very well to the levels of different students, and they should be used as a little added extra or revision in your Arabic studies rather than as a replacement for something you or your teacher have chosen more carefully as what you need to learn.
04. Listen to MP3s.
Although buying music on the internet is becoming more popular in many countries, not so many people know that you can download speech radio such as audio books (an actor reading out a novel) and speech radio. Not only is this better practice for your Arabic than listening to Arabic music, from sources like Scientific American, BBC and Australia’s ABC Radio it is also free.
05. Listen to Arabic music.
Even listening to music while doing something else can Help a little for things like getting used to the natural rhythm and tone of Arabic speech, although the more time and attention you give to a song the more you will learn from listening to it again in the future.