Learning Arabic at home

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Whether it is better to start learning Arabic at home or in classes depends on a variety of factors: motivation, cost, time, availability of suitable courses, domestic distractions, etc. If you are able to study at home, there are self-tuition courses that will see you through the beginners’ stage, and perhaps even a little beyond.

You can make a start without spending any money. There are plenty of videos on YouTube giving free lessons, though the quality varies and you may have to hunt around until you find something that suits your needs. At the very least, this will give you an idea of what learning Arabic entails – and at no cost. As one example, here is a series of videos by Hiba Najem teaching Lebanese Arabic (she also gives one-on-one lessons via Skype).

The traditional textbook-and-audio courses vary in quality, as do their teaching methods. You may find yourself buying two or three before you find one that suits you.

One problem that all these courses share is how to cover the essential grammar without destroying the student’s motivation. Some of them are utterly tedious. Others claim to offer “quick and easy” teaching methods, but learning a language is never quick and it does require some effort.

It is important to check that any books you buy are designed for self-tuition; if not, there may be no way of checking that you have done the exercises correctly.

Many of the textbooks listed at Amazon have been reviewed by other users. By checking the reviews on the Amazon site should get a good idea of whether they will be suitable for you.

Having sampled various books and home study courses, our recommendation for a beginner would be the Linguaphone course which, unfortunately, is one of the most expensive.

The basic learning method with Linguaphone is to follow a written text while listening to a recording of it, and then to repeat each sentence. The content is reasonably interesting and the vocabulary is relevant for anyone planning to visit or live in the Middle East.

This method is relatively painless because grammar is absorbed along the way, but it is not effortless. To work through the course properly, in your spare time, can easily take six months.

GET ARABIC TRANSLATORS AND INTERPRETERS. CALL 080-3753-1249, 081-1445-6164
E-MAIL: hello@novatiatranslations.com.ng
Website: https://www.novatiatranslations.com.ng