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

Reasons for learning Arabic?

Hey there guys,

Alnaw here and I wanted to ask people why they are pursuing the study of arabic. I myself am the son of two native speakers so I have an affinity to the language and am somewhat knowledgeable. This makes me want to know what reasons other have that motivate them to pursue fluency in the language. Excited to hear

July 27, 2019

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

Hi! I'm interested in learning languages in general. Learning a new language can be like picking up a new camera lens, you get to see things from a different angle and see how differently each language create the same meaning. I also like recreating and listening to different sounds and vocalisations.

I want to learn Arabic specifically because I learned the basics at school so it just makes sense for me to continue it, and I am a Muslim; I'd like to understand and speak the language of heaven. I also like the sound you make when you speak Arabic.


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

I agree with the picking up of different perspectives through language. True fluency in another language can change the way we think. Also, I'm excited for you as a fellow muslim. Most just learn a bit to read the Quran but forget most with time. I can tell the language will be with you for a lifetime.


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

Thank you. To be perfectly honest I was a little more fluent in my early teens when I was attending classes and used it actively there. The only time I use Arabic now is to read the Quran or eavesdrop on random conversations when Arabs walk past me (and get excited when I could more or less understand that they're arguing over the amount of food they should get lol) so I take forever to find each word if I were to speak it and I'm not as confident with my grammar. I hope to improve that and this time, keep it with me Insha Allah.


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

My learning purpose is similar to you as being a Muslim I also know little Arabic (read & write) since my childhood.

While reading Quran I have to understand it's meaning in my own native translation (Bangla). But translation will never help you to get the real joy.

Hence I decided to learn Arabic so that I can understand the Quran's meaning in the same language, same rhythm Allah narrates.


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

My goal is to learn atleast one language that does not use the Latin script. So I tried Chinese, but I am a Filipino, so no. From what I've heard, Japanese is hard, so I did not bother to touch it. I tried Korean, but its alphabet is too difficult to read. I found Arabic easier than Hangul, so I stuck with it.


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

Hangul is the easiest alphabet in the world to learn for most people. It was specifically created to be easy to learn as a reaction the Chinese character system that was used in Korea that ensured that only the elite who could dedicate their time to scholarship could become literate.

The Arabic alphabet is the second easiest alphabet to learn that I have come across personally, though.

But the ease of learning a script does not correlate with the ease of learning the language. Arabic is extremely hard to learn to an advanced level even though the alphabet is very easy.


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

That's nice and once you learn arabic, you can learn Persian and Urdu too. IMO the only thing people have to look out for is pronunciation.


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

Korean Hangul is actually much simpler than Chinese or Japanese, since (like Arabic) it's all phonetic. I am glad to know you find Arabic easier, though. Very encouraging to me !


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kaet
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It's the second official language here in Israel, so since my Hebrew is pretty good already I'd like to be able to at very least be polite to my Arabic-speaking colleagues and neighbours, and to read signs and so on. Eventually more than that, but it's a start.


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

If you know it then you could go to any Arab country and know about the cultures. That's very exciting and I'm doing that by learning more Arabic vocab from other dialects so I go to other places besides Sudan.


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

One of the toughest languages. If I can learn Arabic and Chinese, then all other languages should be much easier to learn


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

Woah, taking a challenge. I like Chinese too and I honestly cheat most of the time and just use pinyin to study verbal. But that's cool that you want to challenge yourself to set yourself up for future success with other languages


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

Have you tried Russian? Russian grammar is one of the hardest!


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

Same reasons as you plus it's easier to do than Chinese, Japanese and Korean.


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

I watched a video by Arabicmike that said that learning Arabic made learning Japanese easier in terms of pronunciation. But in japanese new grammar structures never stop appearing. Also I would never try learning kanji and if I were to learn chinese, I would use pinyin.


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

Since I speak Japanese (I studied it at University and lived there for a while), I can tell you that Japanese grammar is one of the easiest. What is fun to learn is "keigo", that is 'polite language".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatharinaM882088

I bagan this course out of curiosity. Will I be able to decode the arabic script? I find the arabic script very beautiful, but not so easy to learn. Another reason: To learn a non indoeuropean language. I could try an asiatic language, but I have no relationsship to those languages in contrast to Arabic, what I can hear every day. My neighbours are Arabs and I can hear them every day discussing, arguing, ranting with the children.... A third reason: There is so much fear of the arabic world these days here in Europe, not to say islamophobia. Learning the language can be a remedy for better understanding.


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

The script is very beautiful, which is why I love Arabic calligraphy. Also the points you brought up are valid about islamophobia. If people really understood the culture and the history, as well as the language then they would see the beauty in it like in all cultures


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

I've been learning Arabic with a tutor for the past 4 months. I started because I have a lot of friends who speak Arabic and I help run a multicultural craft group at the local mosque, so I'm around the language a lot. I find it beautiful and, if I'm honest, there's something very fun and satisfying about learning a new language with a different alphabet than that which you're accustomed to!

So far I'm glad I started. I can read the alphabet and starting to learn some vocab and grammar. It's SO HARD! But hard in a very fun and interesting way.


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

There should be more people like you...


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

I came across this song by Nancy Ajram, and I've been listening to Arabic music ever since. I figured it'd be nice to at least have some idea of what they're talking about, so now here I am on DL lol


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

I don't listen to her so I don't know much about her part of the genre but it must be fun. I listen to music from different parts of the world like sudanese and ethiopian habesha music. But yeah, its nice that music is driving your passion to learn because the songs will help you remember.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rebecca926147

Sorry, I'm a little late to the party on this thread as I just started using Duolingo via the smartphone app about a month ago. One of my best friends is a huge BTS fan and is using it to learn Korean so I decided to try it. I had no idea that there was this incredible online community here for it until a few days ago. I'm a native English speaker born and raised in the US. Every since I was a young girl I have always been fascinated with ancient Egypt and it is a lifelong goal to take a long trip to Egypt and see the sites.

When I was younger, I went into the US Army and was stationed in Germany for a few years. I learned just enough German to get by as I had a very hard time with the harsh throat sounds that are common in German. But I always had this drive to want to be more fluent and connect with the people more. I traveled a lot while I was stationed in Germany and I always wished that I knew more of the language of the countries I was in because I get so much happiness from connecting with and learning from people of other cultures.

I spent a year deployed to Iraq, but never learned much Arabic beyond, "Thank you" and "God willing". I truly hope that the country and government stabilizes more in the coming years as I very much want to go back and visit some day. I met some of the most generous and kind people there.

My main drive for learning Arabic is so that I can communicate well with people when my husband and I visit Egypt some day. Also, I know that American tourists abroad tend to be viewed very poorly--we're often loud, selfish, culturally ignorant...the list goes on. It has always been my goal to not be that American when I'm traveling abroad. I hope that by putting in the time and effort to learn other languages that I can hopefully break that stereotype in the minds of others. While there are plenty of us that fully embody the stereotype of the ugly American, I promise we are not all that way.


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

I can share that I am interested for two reasons : one is that I have a lot of neighbors who speak some form of Arabic and the other is that I have been privately studying all three religions of the Book. I would like to read Hebrew as well (I have a smattering of Yiddish already), but I will wait until my Arabic is stronger. My other tongues are French, English, Japanese and Spanish (in that order).


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

Its nice that you are interested by your neighbors. Also I like religion too and like to listen to religious history from all the books. Lastly, I would say try to learn Hebrew with Arabic since there's a lot in common. IMO the duo Hebrew course was better made compared to the Arabic course


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

Thanks for your comments ! I will give Hebrew another shot later on. I am an agnostic Anglican, but churched because I like music and tradition. I've been to a mosque for Friday service out of curiosity.


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

Well, I learn Arabic because I live in Sweden and Arabic is spoken by a large minority here.


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

That's rather productive of you to do. I guarantee this will make you feel at home interacting with them in their language. Its really reassuring to minorities when people go out of their way to learn their language.


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

Thanks for the encouragement!


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

I have several reasons for wanting to learn Arabic. First of all it is one of the "big" languages in the world and I'd like to be able to understand them, because understanding the languages of the world is the first step to understanding the people of the world. So I learn English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic. The second reason is that it is very different from the other languages I learn from a linguistic point of view. And I simply like learning languages. That's why I learn Japanese, Swahili and Irish, well, and Arabic. And the last reason is that there are a lot of people around here in Germany, who don't speak a lot of German and I'm interested in understanding them. That's why I learn Turkish and, again, Arabic. Oh, and I'd like to read the Qur'an. I read some translations already, but that's not quite the same. So that makes four reasons altogether. ;)


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

Wow, a lot of reasons for learning Arabic. Now that's motivation. Nah but I understand, the resources are right there so why not learn as many languages as you can to speak to people.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--OGdy

I am Arabic, but I was in France. This is why my Arabic is not good. I want to learn my native language very well, to master it and to use it. I also study other languages ​​to use in studying, traveling and speaking with people from foreign countries.


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

Same here, knowing the language of your ancestors let's you know yourself better and understand our origins.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--OGdy

Of course this is true. How are you doing


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

I'm alright, thanks for asking. How about you?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--OGdy

Fine . Thank you . where are you from


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

I'm from Sudan, I can tell you're from algeria from your profile picture. Do you visit often?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--OGdy

I was honored to know you very much my dear brother. Now I live where I mean in Algeria


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jean-MarcR604051

I have been living in the Arab world for the last 18 years and now time has come to be fluent in Arabic. I have studied many Arabic courses and failed so far to talk Arabic. I can read and write but talking is challenging. I am French living in Qatar.


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

Pure curiosity. Just recently I happened to watch a lebanese movie on tv and then I came here and saw the arabic course, so I said why not?


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

Are you planning on rewatching the film to see how much you can understand?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jean-MarcR604051

Je vois que tu étudies aussi la langue Française, après avoir regardé un film Français?


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

LOL, no, I had studied French in high-school for two years (some 35 years ago) and wanted to see if I remembered anything.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmaH883755

I learnt some Arabic while on vacation in Egypt and I wanted to learn it afterwards. I already took two courses in my hometown and use Duolingo to practice and not forget everything. However, being a linguist, I'm also interested in new languages in general, especially a not indoeuropean one.


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

Its nice that you choose to learn about other language families


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michael207262

Because in my home country, many forms of sin have become industrialized. I want to leave this place, and live in a culture that strives against sin. Is this a bad answer?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hazel582624

My reason for learning arabic is that I am big on politics and want to work for the government eventually. Arabic is on the list of critical languages and I specifically want to be a field agent for some government agency. And arabic is challenging me too. I grew up listening to Spanish and any other language Latin based has been fairly easy for me to pick up, though I am not fluent in any Latin based language. Languages have also been something l have always liked to learn. And if you want to learn a Latin based language, I would suggest italian or Latin.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kaet
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Good luck with your ambitions. Just FYI that stating your age is against forum rules, so maybe edit that out.

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