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Arabic course for refugee settlement workers/volunteers

Hi, I'm working with Syrian refugees, and would love to learn some Arabic - I imagine that there are many others in my boat - is there a duolingo course in development for Arabic?

Thanks, Leif

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

There's English for Arabic Speakers available at the moment, so if you want to attempt to learn it as a reverse tree you can try. I haven't attempted a reverse tree in this type of circumstance (as in, using it kind of from scratch for a language not currently offered as a direct tree) but some people have been able to learn a bit using this method.

Just a thought.

Edited to add:

Also, there's a really good UserScript for this sort of thing (which can be found here ) that turns a reverse tree into mostly listening exercises and things. So if you do want to go the route of trying to use the reverse tree to pick up some Arabic, I would highly recommend installing this script to do so.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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Oh wow - what a great resource. Thank you for introducing me to it. I look forward to giving it a spin !

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

Oh sure :) It's one of my favorites, myself - I haven't used it a ton because I'm still working on my direct tree but from my personal usage it's been really great.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Neptunium
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The Arabic-for-English speakers course has been confirmed to be coming "anytime soon": https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9968130

You could try doing the reverse course in the meantime, but that might be a bit difficult.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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Thank you for pointing that out. And yes, you are correct - the Learning English, from Arabic as your source language has been out since August :)
There is "a really good UserScript for this sort of thing which can be found here that turns a reverse tree into mostly listening exercises and things. So if you do want to go the route of trying to use the reverse tree to pick up some Arabic, I would highly recommend installing this script to do so." - copied from comment above by michikade

If you have any question in regard to using this "user script", also feel free to ask. :)
umm - sorry if I was a bit scratchy then. I think Neptunium has a great point - to check out the reverse course in the meantime. It is surprising how sometimes that is not as hard as you would think it would be. (depending on ... well ... interpretation )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/letra_a
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Hi, Leifkav! Thanks for your great help and humanity. I send you, your co-workers and the refugees, lots of strengh and encouragement. You can try an app called "Speak Translate" (Apalon apps- free). It can do instant voice and text translations. I do not really know if Arabian is included.... Hope this helps.

(I apologize with Duo for recommending another app to use in conjunction with Duo, but I feel refugees are in a very urgent situation where communication can be immediately required, besides learning Arabian).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Yes, there are a few different Arabic courses being developed, including German, French, and Swedish for Arabic speakers. I'll check on one for English. In the future, you can see which ones by visiting http://incubator.duolingo.com :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Plamsy
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But they are for arabic speakers

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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You're right. I just checked on it. I'll ask LindaKanga if there is any word on a course for English speakers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leifkav

I noticed that - though I suppose that fits with the greater demand on the part of refugees themselves.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hyllning

There are multiple at the moment, but none I think for learning Arabic;


Development (Phase I):

German for Arabic - French for Arabic - Swedish for Arabic


Beta:

None


Graduated (Full Course):

English for Arabic


2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hyllning

And also, it's very nice that you are working with Refugees. I find that very inspiring.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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Oh WONDERFUL Leif. I will funnel resources I can gather your way.
Yes as people have said here, currently we only have released Learning English from Arabic as your source language. (Please note - I am not speaking as a representative of Duolingo, but someone that is involved in supporting the development of the Learning French from Arabic course. (note my role is of a support person).

We (as in other people, but also associated with Duolingo) are working on the reverse tree, but it is quite a way even from Beta release 2 - where we start to test the course. So I am are wanting to help develop access to interim resources for now - which will still be useful when the Duolingo course comes out. For we recommend to learn a language you need to engage involvement (and passion) from many sources of engagement. Duolingo, speaking for myself - is just one of my many resources in my language learning. No one thing, course, etc is likely to provide the whole solution to learning the complexities of another living human language. (Again please note I am a participant in Duolingo, not a representative.)

HOWEVER we are providing links to other resources that can assist the Learning of Arabic from English, and I would LOVE to keep in touch with you on that regard. I will now go and point out some resources, give me a short time to do this :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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These are the learning Arabic from English resources that others have notified me of - and I have done the compiling:
http://www.duolingo.com/comment/10321157

I would LOVE to get feedback on ANY of these links - as to what you find useful, more useful, less useful, not useful at all.

If you could leave the feedback comments on that link itself - it would be appreciated.

I have found two other links that I have recently found great - that I have been meaning to check if they are mentioned there - and also to produce this information in a different way. I will update this link sometime in the next two days now - to confirm these resources are moved out of my "to do basket".

If anyone can help with feedback, that would be great.

And as always - any other resources and information that others have - we welcome :D

Thank you again for this great discussion !
Never hesitate to ask such great language questions here, and I look forward to hearing from you :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindakanga
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Leifkav , do you have access to an apple computer,?
The reason I ask this as one of my current - learn the alphabet books is only available on the apple operating system. Just an idle question. And I will write to you with more things as I locate them :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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mylanguages.org (I think I've mentioned this website before) has Arabic for English speakers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leifkav

I do have a mac - thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Isn't that only accessible in the UK?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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Is it? I can't tell. Of course, there's usually a fix available...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Well, I can't tell for certain either, but I seem to remember that the BBC is only available here. Is there someone who is not in the UK who can try and see?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda
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BBC broadcast programmes tend not to be viewable abroad, but big chunks of the site are - there are multiple versions of the news site. But all you need is British-looking ip address.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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Aha! I knew there was something not available outside the UK.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sq_24
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Thank you for using your time on syrian refugees :) Ahlan wa sahlan!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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I haven't looked at it, but I got an email from languagetransfer.org that an Arabic course was available. The Spanish one is pretty good, so that might be a decent resource.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jgharzed

Hi! NaTakallam is a really great way to learn Arabic! When you sign up you get matched with a Conversation Partner which are typically Syrian refugees living in Jordan and Lebanon. The goal of NaTakallam is to provide a source of income for refugees in the middle east. The sessions are only $15 an hr (cheaper if you buy a package) and the money goes to your conversation partner. I used them and it was such a great experience. My Arabic improved a lot and I got to connect with and learn more about refugees. https://natakallam.com/ It's so amazing I hope you use and recommend!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Frank_Pisaturo

Dear Leifkav, I made a request for a Syrian/Levantine Arabic course at https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21326484 Please feel free to check out and add your support :)

1 year ago