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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hiba.X

Arabic words that non-Arabs are already familiar with :)

Hi, I have noticed that many non-Arabs are intimidated by learning Arabic, one of the reasons is that they find Arabic words to be very difficult to remember.that is why I wrote a blogpost about some words that non-Arabs already know (even before they start learning Arabic language).

I don't know if Duolingo users feel bothered when another user post something he/she wrote on his/her blog? I hope not :/

October 1, 2017

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BeCreative__

I think that it is very difficult to remember arabic words with a different script, but more so with phonetics and a very different base of the language. I spent a little over a year learning arabic, and when I was 6 months in, I started learning portuguese for about a month. After a month I was able to speak, understand, and read more portuguese than arabic because there are more connections from portuguese to languages I already know: English and Spanish. Arabic is not like that; if I hear one word I don't know the root of (then their are is understanding where it is in the root system), I can miss the meaning of the whole sentence; and yes, this happens in every language, but the frequency is different in this case arabic having different origins than the english language.

I spent a little over a year studying arabic in my university with a huge investment, being able to be in the 3rd year class; yet I had to spent some multiple of the time learning arabic words as compared to Portuguese words.

اللغة العربية هي لغة صعبة لتعلم. يجب ان ادرس كثيراً لتعلم كلمة وحيدة. اكره هذا، لانني اذا درست كثيرا، لا يمكنني قول الكثير من الاشياء. ايضاً للتذكر كلمةً، يجب ان اسمعها الكثير من المرات لتعلمها؛ لا يجب ان افعل ذلك عند ماني تعلم لغة اخرئةً. العربي صعب


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hiba.X

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I do agree that the similarities between (English,Spanish .. etc) make it easier to learn one of them if you already know the other, but I strongly believe that one of the reasons that make Arabic difficult is the lack of high quality resources. and by the way there are Arabs who fail to learn English even after spending more than one year learning it because they find it "difficult".I feel happy when I see something written in Arabic by someone who learned the language ^_^


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BeCreative__

O definite agree about the quality resources, and more so about teachers, especially in the United States where I have heard this is a problem. And its not just it being difficult, it is also disheartening to invest massive amounts of time learning something for very low return; that, is frustrating.

I have thought recently that perhaps looking into how hebrew is taught would be a good idea for learning how to better teach arabic. My impression is that there are more successful approaches here.....and we could also talk about dialect vs MSA which complicates things. I think it is honestly a pain in the ass of a language to learn, though.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hiba.X

I agree with everything you wrote. Here in the Arab world you must be fluent in English in order to get a good job! and many Arabs speak English better than [MSA] Arabic! LOL


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lars200

Yes, but the Arab world is big. In many countries, French is much more used than English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hiba.X

I agree. I think you are talking about Arab countries in North Africa (Morocco,Algeria ... etc).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lars200

I would love to learn Arabic! We really need a duo course.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hiba.X

English for Arabic speakers is already available so I still don't understand why they haven't started the reversed course yet :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

I studied Arabic in college. It was very hard. One reason it's so hard is because I had to learn both MSA and a couple of dialects.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hiba.X

it seems that the whole MSA & dialects thing makes the situation more frustrating and complicated for learners :/

I have a question if you don't mind:

was learning dialects mandatory in colleage or you learned it to be able to communicate with Arabs?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

Enzo: Only one semester before giving up.

Hiba: It was mandatory to study some Egyptian and Syrian dialects. Mainly because of learning how much it can differ between the dialects. Other dialects were shown for comparison. I prefer to only focus on MSA in the beginning to get the basics before even looking at the dialects.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BeCreative__

How far along did you get?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lars200

Vilken högskola läste du vid? Skulle du rekommendera den? Du verkar inte så nöjd...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

Göteborgs universitet. Jag läste dock bara på halvfart.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laconcha432

I looked at your blog, and I loved it! Could you/would you add more introduction to Arabic language to it (whatever you think non-Arabic speakers can benefit from? I'll be thrilled!( I am trying to use some of my spare time and learn Arabic).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hiba.X

I am planning to add alot of things about Arabic language culture. There are few posts because I have just started my blog ^_^ I am currently writing a tutorial about Arabic alphabet too, but I still need some time to finish it. what makes me want to do this is that I found that most Arabic-teaching resources don't explain things clearly and simply and this makes things more difficult for non-Arabs :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lars200

Shukran Hiba for a very interesting blog post. Here, have some lingots! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elizadeux

Nice blog post.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Marie-Clai133496

I read your blogpost,very interesting to know the meaning of theses indeed very famous names. I am not going to learn Arabic, but still nice to have a very, very small glimpse into the arab world.Thanks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hiba.X

I am glad you liked it. I love to know the meaning of famous names in other languages even if I am not going to learn that language.

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