Arabic on the horizon?
I need to pick up some Arabic for a business trip in a couple of months and I am curious if there is any news of Duolingo offering it in the near future. Does anyone have any idea? In the meantime, is there any program out there that folks are using for learning Arabic?
Thanks for the help!
There is no course in the works, and even if there was, courses can take up to two years to be released into beta. My suggestion would be to do a search for a website that offers lessons in the specific Arabic dialect spoken wherever you are doing business; on the heels of that, get a language tutor on italki (minor cost) or Skype Mixxer (free). Start as soon as possible. Last but not least, good luck!
Thanks, Nick. Nice collection going on yourself, sir. We've got a regular United Nations between the two of us haven't we?
Also, Memrise has other user created courses that cover different Arabic dialects (not just MSA). Those might also be worth looking at, depending on which country you are going to.
Why not just buy an Arabic language book that actually teaches you from your native tongue, or borrow one from the library, or pirate it off the internet if you're broke. You'll learn faster than trying to guess at how to do it.
Hello goosewatcher, I don't think that Arabic will be on duolingo soon, but I suggest you these websites to learn Arabic :
I hope to be helpful and good luck
I'm one of the contributors in the (English for Arabs) course, here's what we know so far about the much anticipated Arabic course:
1- Few months ago Luis (CEO of Duolingo) had an open AMA on reddit where he was once more asked about an Arabic course to which he answered "At some point, yes"
2- Duo staff expressed to the moderators and contributors of the Arabic courses that they're pretty interested in having an Arabic course, and that the main barrier is the limited resources they can allocate to invest in the technical foundation needed to support Arabic as a language.
3- In the last couple of months Duo engineers have been allocated for that very reason. We don't know what has been accomplished so far but we do know that Duo now is better in teaching different scripts (than latin), perhaps Japanese is the result of that.
4- To encourage the staff to start the course, you can upvote this topic, it's already the 4th most popular topic in the history of Duo, and Arabic is the 2nd most voted language.
5- There's enough active contributors in Duolingo now to start the course the moment Duo gives the green light ;)
This blog post by an Arabic course creator asks for people to leave their email address if they're interested in a Duolingo-style course. Perhaps they're planning to make something similar. http://arabicreadingcourse.com/totallyarabic/2016/08/25/why-doesnt-duolingo-offer-arabic/