Just finished the Arabic Tree...
The fact that the final lesson covers "hello, nice to meet you" makes me really pray that expansions are in the works!!! The final lessons in this course are what normally comes in the very first lesson of a normal course.
Hello, I begun the arabic course. First of all, thank you for the job : I've been waiting for it so long. As a beginner, I've got a problem with the "choose between three" questions, because I'm reduced in gess game with no tips and no audio to help me. At this point of the course, it's frustrating !
Francois, I know the ones you're talking about. I came across the first one like that yesterday. There were three choices. There is no sound when we click on the choices because they want to test our reading ability. Giving us the sound for each one would have given the answer away.
It's a beta course, and more importantly it's a beta course for one of the most difficult languages to teach to an absolute beginner. Having watched how other courses develop over time, I'm really glad that they're doing a lot of trial and error on the basic literacy front to make sure they have that down before building out all the grammar and vocab lessons. I've given up on certain other non-Western languages in the past because I realized the first-draft tree wasn't really teaching the fundamentals well.
(And speaking as someone who's had their French tree updated three times now, it's a lot better to have them add new skills to the end rather than go back and change up the individual lessons at the beginning so you have to do half the course all over again just to get your owl back.)
From a non native speaker POV, the lessons seemed good enough exposure to those with zero or some background of the language. As I had learned the script as a child and later took some short course, I’ve been testing out the lessons and trying to gild the tree. But as my vocabulary is weak, I’m learning as I test out. Its been fun because there are new materials for me.
IMHO, this course is similar to the Japanese and Korean ones, where the first few modules/lessons heavily repeats on the scripts and simple sentences. I believe they made the course in such a way as to not discourage new/beginner learners with difficult content starting out.