Arabic is the 4th most spoken language in the world, with nearly 470 million people speaking it worldwide. Learning a new language is always a big undertaking, but when the new language doesn’t share a root with your native tongue, it’s even more difficult.
With any new language, there are keys to success in becoming fluent. You learn vocabulary, verb conjugation, grammar, sentence structure, and then practice, practice, and practice.
You immerse yourself in the new language. You may watch movies and listen to music in the new language, speak it as well as you can as often as you can, and seek out native speakers and converse with them.
Or at least that’s the idea. However, Arabic can present some unique challenges for new learners that can slow the learning process down.
Here are some examples:
1- Arabic uses new and strange alphabet.
2- There is no much shared vocabulary المُفْرَدَات between Arabic and Latin-based languages.
3- Arabic is a highly inflectional tongue.
4- There are 10 verb patterns and must be memorized for the active and passive voices.
5- Plurals الجُمُوع and their agreements with numbers are difficult compared to what are used to in Latin-based languages.
Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to make the learning conversational Arabic much easier. It will take hard work, dedication, and time, but it’s certainly achievable.
Tip #01: You need to decide which Arabic you want to learn
Actually, there are many types of Arabic language. It is the mother tongue and official language of nearly 30 countries in the middle east and northern Africa. There are different accents. If you’re planning to spend time in certain area, you’ll want to choose the accent of the people of that region.
Example the Egyptian Arabic الدَارِجة المِصْرِيّة, which is the most widespread regional Arabic dialect العَربِيّة الدَّارِجَة and is most often used in TV and Cinema.
However, you should consider learning Modern Standard Arabic العَرَبِيّة الفُصْحَىٰ, the official language of 22 Arab countries and one of the official languages of the United Nations الأمُم المُتّحدة.
Tip #02: Start with the basics
It’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to learn Arabic by transcribing words instead of learning the Arabic alphabet first. Think about how we learned English back in school. First, you learn your letters, then you form those letters into words, then you learn how to form sentences, and then you learn more about proper syntax and grammar. Taking shortcuts will only slow you down.
Tip #03: Learn to use the Arabic dictionary effectively
This is not as easy as it sounds. In an Arabic dictionary, words are generally organized around three-letter or four root letters. To look up a word, you need to know what the root is and what letter the root starts with – which is not necessarily the first letter in the word.
Using the dictionary takes practice, but the sooner you learn it the better. It will make the entire learning process easier and fruitful.
Tip #04: Immerse yourself in studying and practicing Arabic language
This is an important step in learning any Arabic language. The best way to learn a new Arabic word is to see it, hear it, write it and speak it, so combine learning those skills as much as you can.
One of the most popular methods for beginners to learn a foreign language is to watch children’s TV programs in the target language. The vocabulary المُفْرَدَات is simpler, and the educational nature of those programs can be extremely helpful to new students of any age.
Another method is to watch movies in the Arabic language with English subtitles on. That way you gain a better “ear” for listening, and the subtitles give you the translation for what you’re hearing.
Tip #05: Speak the language
It’s important that you converse in Arabic with other people. Actually, It could be difficult to find a conversational partner if you’re not acquainted with native Arabic speakers. Thankfully, modern technology like web and apps can do a lot to help you with this.
There are many Facebook groups you can join to learn Arabic language online, and it’s become much easier to find tutors online who will coach you and help you in your learning journey.
Tip #06: Never stop learning
It’s easy to start the journey of learning Arabic language, but the challenge is to continue. Mastering any language requires years of study and learning Arabic language is not an exception, but gaining conversation skills مَهَارَات المُحَادَثَة can be quickly if you dedicate yourself to the pursuit.Ready to start your journey of learning Arabic language? Try out our free App Aralingo. It will help you to take your first steps to learn Arabic Right!