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We created a massive resource for learning spoken Arabic 8 varieties that is helping thousands of Arabic students around the world. Check it out here and let us know what you think. Arabic was the first foreign language I learned to fluency. I started almost 17 years ago when I was just starting college and it took me a full 3 years to reach a point where I felt comfortable communicating in it and understanding people when they spoke to me which I always say is the most difficult part about learning another language.
But you know after all these years of learning other languages as well as doing Masters research on language acquisition, I look back in retrospect on my experience with Arabic and I can now see a lot of things that I would of done differently which would have helped me learn a lot faster and more effectively than I did back then.
Like I said, it took me about 3 years to reach a point where I was speaking Arabic fluently. And understanding people when they spoke back to me.
In the early days I started out with Levantine Palestinian and Iraqi Arabic, and also Modern Standard Arabic for reading the formal dialect of the media. I eventually switched to Egyptian and ended up spending the next 10 years of my life focused mainly on Egypt and getting my Egyptian Arabic to a high level but if I had of just chosen Egyptian from the beginning I could have made much more effective use of my time.
It definitely did. But it would have been better to focus on one dialect from the beginning. Our resource TalkInArabic. We also recommend this resource for Egyptian Arabic. I would not attempt to learn Modern Standard Arabic first Or even at the same time as learning a spoken dialect. I made the mistake of devoting quite a bit of time to it in the early stages and getting continually frustrated when it conflicted with everything I was learning about Egyptian.
This means that a word like computer written in Arabic looks like this: kmbywtr. I think this is one of the main reasons why people avoid the alphabet altogether and use materials with transliterations.
This is a mistake. Have you ever seen this before? We see the outer letters, but the ones on the inside can be scrambled up. Also, pretty much all good quality resources for Arabic use the Arabic alphabet. I made the mistake early on trying to just write Arabic using English letters. This caused delays for me later on down the track. To the Jews I became a Jew. To the Greeks I became a Greek.
Every time I step off a plane somewhere new in the world this ancient bit of wisdom that I live my life by comes back to me admittedly way out of context but still! Assimilators learn languages better than anyone else.
They appreciate and understand other cultures better than anyone else. And vitally, they earn the respect and trust of local people better than anyone else. To the Arabs I became an Arab. The one thing that really separates what I do on this blog from most other language learning blogs out there is that I take a very holistic approach to language learning which encompasses complete assimilation into the target language culture.
For me language immersion and cultural immersion cannot be separated. And if you want to truly excel in any language, strive to assimilate. I would devote time in the beginning to surrounding myself with and listening to the target dialect Be a fly on the wall in every Arabic speaking community you can find. I attended every event I could when I started Arabic Arabic-speaking churches, Islamic events, cultural festivals, refugee centers.
If I even suspected that there were going to be Arabic speakers there, I was there. Traditional teaching methods which are all about drilling grammar rules and tedious memorization are prevalent all over the world unfortunately. Chances are the teacher stinks. Also make sure that they understand and appreciate the value of spoken Arabic dialects over Modern Standard Arabic.
For this reason, it can be quite challenging to find teachers who understand why you specifically want to speak a local dialect. In fact, even with my own site for spoken Arabic dialects TalkInArabic. That would have been a dream come true for me back then! These days when I learn a new language I speak as much as possible as early as I can even if my grammar is horrendously bad.
Mistakes have a way of working themselves out over time but you need to take every chance you can to practice the little that you do know. I would only spend time using quality books and resources to learn Arabic When I started learning Arabic all those years ago, there was hardly anything available for learning spoken Arabic.
My very first book for Arabic was a book from a local mosque that was absolutely atrocious. A waste of paper and ink but I persisted using it! Did I actually use this crap? For starters, see this review and this review that I wrote recently.
I also shared some of my favorite Arabic language books here and here. Mundane things like getting married, having kids, going to work to put food on the table, buying a new home, the latest gadgets, a new pair of shoes, etc. My first trip to the Middle East was not too long after September 11th and I was absolutely shitting myself that something was going to happen to me. My mother cried at the airport because she thought it was goodbye and so did I.
And something did happen. I loved it and went back for seconds, thirds, fourths, etc. Are you learning Arabic? Share your thoughts below! Also check out: TalkInArabic. Or Rocket for a comprehensive Egyptian Arabic audio course. For online Skype teachers and conversation practice for a few bucks an hour I recommend italki.
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