My non-native view on Arabic course

I’ve read many negative views about the Arabic course by native Arab speakers. But for me as a native Dutch speaker it’s been a blessing so far.

The Arab characters are difficult to memorize and the pronunciation is a pain.

The Arab course is set up in a way that you don’t have to learn a lot of new characters at the same time. Practicing the words and letters over and over again helps me with getting to read the letters and words easier and easier.

So far I haven’t learned a lot of words. And I’m okay with that. Learning how to read is more important now than to memorize words.

I do hope they will rename the lessons that are there now. So it’ll open up the course for more lessons in which we will learn words as soon as we’ve finished this course as it is.

So I’m thrilled with this Arab course. And I can hardly wait to see what comes next.

July 9, 2019, 8:01 PM


I agree with you. I also enjoy the extensive training of reading different combinations of letters. It makes me confident that later I will be able to recognize words more easily.

I think it's in the spirit of the Duolingo trees as I have experienced them: Starting from the very basics, and progressing very slowly, so that you never lose touch with the subject matter at hand.

I agree with those who say that it should be possible to skip the initial lessons (for those who can already read the Arabic script). But for me, it's a blessing.

And, like you, I'm looking forward to seeing the next lessons.

Happy learning! :-)

July 9, 2019, 8:10 PM

Unfortunately, lot of the commentators do not realize or remember that it is a BETA version still. I didn't go through the course here, being a native speaker, but I'm sure it won't be as deep in literature as our Arabic classes back in school days. It would be good enough for such courses online to get you around or through an article in some newspaper (skipping the typical typos that newspapers would usually do)

July 9, 2019, 8:13 PM
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