those phrases before lesson starts
As I've mainly covered alphabet and a few typically weird Duo phrases like 'regular cold chicken' I am keen to use those more useful phrases that pop up before lessons start like 'thank you' etc! But they go too fast for me to read and remember / write down. Does anyone have a list of these by any chance?
I saw at least one and was very impressed by the work and the thoughtfulness to post it but it was not what I was looking for. I already keep a list of words and phrases from the lessons as I have time to write them down. What I'm looking for are the non-lesson phrases the Duo owl just pops up with before lesson starts. They disappear before I can even sound them out! Did you see those phrases anywhere?
Ah ok. Is the course at all similar to how you learned to read Arabic? I have had a printed list of the alphabet for years (even a book that had no accompanying audio so was not very helpful) but Duolingo actually makes me use the letters! It's great to finally start learning it!
Well, I can't really compare what we've learned in schools to what Duolingo is teaching (specially that the course is still Beta as far as I know). However, I've noticed some "glitches" if I can call them so. Like, there are many instances where the translation or the Arabic phrase may contain "dialectical" words rather than the standard formal ones. Also, they depend on text-to-speech machine here and not a real person who can read properly, thus there are some mistakes in grammar in some instances.
A note though about grammar, I'm expecting Duolingo, if they are going to teach Arabic grammar here, that they would probably parallel that with the typical grammatical structure and hierarchy of Latin and Greek (in terminology and classifications of words and verbs, etc). However, this is not how we study grammar in schools, as the classifications and names of classes or cases are way too different; A system on its own.
Thank you. When I finish this course I will be looking for other ways to extend my knowledge. I will probably start by trying to learn some conversational Arabic with friends - I know a few people from Arabic speaking countries so I will have opportunities to practice. The grammar I'll wait until I hear of a good system for learning it. For now I'm finding Duolingo very helpful for getting me started.