How to learn Arabic for beginners?
This question is very important. Indeed, when you want to start learning Arabic, you often wonder where I am going to start. In addition, with the Internet, you can quickly get lost due to the overflow of information.
If you Google, for example, “learn Arabic”, there are over 66 million pages of results.
How to do in this case?
How can you be sure that you are on a quality site?
I don’t count the number of hours I spent on the web trying to find the right method.
This article will help you find out where to start to learn Arabic for beginners.
Know that any method is good in itself, at least almost, but the key is knowing how to use it.
5 tips to help you learn Arabic: for beginners
1) Learn the Arabic alphabet
And yes, like any language, you have to go through this when you start to learn Arabic. Note that the Arabic alphabet has only 28 letters, 2 more than French, and 3 vowels, 3 less than English. At this point, it is especially very important to learn the correct pronunciation.
Many letters have a sound identical to English. It will suffice to practice a little more on the ones you are less used to hearing.
After you have learned the letters of the Arabic alphabet and their pronunciations, you will be able to start reading words, sentences and texts in order to practice, unravel and get used to your Arabic language.
One exercise to help you improve quickly and efficiently is to read Arabic text while listening. Then do the same, but this time repeating.
You will see the results will be spectacular.
2) Choose a method to start learning Arabic
As I said in the introduction, almost any method is good for learning Arabic. To be successful in learning Arabic you will have to choose a method such as the Medina books or another and stick to it until the end. There is no point in starting with one book and then moving on to another without completing the first one.
The rule is simple, start by choosing a method that interests you, take the time to choose it well, then go through to the end. This will make all the difference.
Many people wanting to learn Arabic give up because they have become scattered, going from site to site, from one method to another.
Do not fall into this trap and you will see your progress in Arabic.
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3) Learn the elementary rules of grammar and Arabic conjugation
At this level, normally you should be able to read Arabic correctly and quite fluently.
Why learn the rules of grammar and conjugation?
Is it really useful?
The answer is yes, but in small doses. You have to learn them almost intuitively.
What is it really for?
This will allow you to read Arabic without the vowels because most Arabic works are unvocalized.
On top of that, knowing Arabic grammar will help you understand it too. Who does the action (the subject), who takes the action, etc?
To learn Arabic grammar and conjugation, all you need to do is get an Arabic language method that interests you and practice from time to time.
4) Learn the most used Arabic vocabulary and then specialize
Indeed, it makes more sense to learn the vocabulary that is used the most.
Because you will save time by learning a well-chosen vocabulary rather than learning Arabic words that you will almost never use.
Once you have learned this vocabulary, you can specialize in a field.
The best way to learn vocabulary is to read a lot.
The more you read, the more likely you are to encounter the same words several times in different contexts.
Don’t hesitate to consult an online or paper dictionary when you come across an unfamiliar word and write it down directly in the book.
5) Read and listen to Arabic
One of the most important rules for increasing your vocabulary is reading, reading and reading.
Yes, but what to read?
You have to start with simple texts. Then when you’re comfortable it gets too easy, then in that case you have to take it to the next level.
At first, when I started to learn Arabic, I tried to read books at a much higher level than mine. I understood almost nothing. It discouraged me, I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t understand. I told myself that I sucked, that Arabic was not for me.
Now, after years, I understand the mistake I made.
I am telling you all this so that you do not fall into this trap.
For listening, follow the same rules as for reading. Start by listening to simple things, then increase the difficulty level as you go.
There is no secret to starting to learn Arabic.
Learning the Arabic language is not going to happen in a month.
It is necessary :
- Use the right methods
- Do not scatter.
Learn Arabic while having fun. You are independent, you are not in school. Reading, listening, writing, and talking about things that appeal to you in Arabic is the best way to learn without realizing it.
Apply the tips above to start learning Arabic and you will see your progress day by day.
Basically, indulge yourself.
Now you know how to learn Arabic for beginners.
It’s up to you
The Al Madina Center offers three months of intensive courses to learn the Arabic language for non-Arabic speakers in its institute in Medina, Saudi Arabia. If you would like to join our intensive course, please contact us.