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Arabic Opinion

I'm well into Alphabet 4 in Arabic, and can honestly say that I haven't learned one word. Am I the only one? I don't understand how learning takes place the way the lessons are structured?

August 6, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliet569059

The alphabet lessons build a good foundation and you should notice that you have learned some words before even hitting Alphabet 4.

If it's any encouragement I am just on Food and here are the words we've covered so far...

أَلْمانْيا Germany جامِعة university سَريع quick fast ذَكِيّة smart غَريب weird ذَكِيّ intelligent smart مُهِمّ important مُهِمّة important significant جَوْعان hungry سامْية Samia في on about of into at in جار neighbor مُزْدَحِمة crowded مَدينة city وَ and مُحامي lawyer a lawyer اَلْمُحامْية the lawyer اَلْجامِعة the university اَلْأُسْتاذ the professor اَلْمُحامي attorney the lawyer اَلْمَدينة the city طَويل tall long اَلْجار the neighbor باب door أُرْدُنِيّ Jordanian جَديد new مُعَلِّم professor teacher مُهَنْدِسة engineer كَراج garage بَيْروت Beirut جَديدة new brand new اَلْمُعَلِّمة the teacher اَلْباب the door اَلْمُهَنْدِسة the engineer اَلْبَيْت the house the home اَلْكَراج the garage اَلْمُعَلِّم the teacher اَلْمُتَرْجِم the translator ريم Reem أَمْسْتِرْدام Amsterdam مايْك Mike عُمَر Omar هَل do you is it are you is دُكْتورة doctor بَشير Bashir سام Sam يا hey أُرْدُنِيّة Jordanian مُهَنْدِس engineer أَنْتِ you you are باريس Paris أَنْتَ you you are مَغْرِبِيّ Moroccan مِن of from مَغْرِبِيّة Moroccan مُتَرْجِمة translator interpreter سَعيد happy بارِد cold عادي regular سَمَك fish دَجاج chicken كَريم generous جاكيت jacket أَمْريكِيّة American إِسْلامِيّة Islamic واسِعة spacious roomy فَرَنْسِيّة French مَشْهورة known famous غَريبة weird جَيِّدة good جِدّاً very بَرْلين Berlin نْيويورْك New York هارْفارْد Harvard اَلْأَزْهَر Al-Azhar رَواد Rawad سَهْل easy بوب Bob أُسْتاذ professor teacher شَيْء thing something مُعَلِّمة teacher سَهْلة simple easy كَبيرة big أُسْتاذة professor بِناية building كَري Carrie لُغة language غُرْفة room سَيّارة car مَلِكة queen سَريعة quick fast كَبير large big مُمْتازة amazing جودي Judy هولَنْدِيّ Dutch غَسّان Ghassan هُوَّ he is he لَمى Lama أَرْوى Arwa سورِيّة Syrian فَرَنْسِيّ French جَوْعانة hungry عَلي Ali سيث Seth هِيَّ she is she دَوود David أَنا I I am روزا Rosa وَلَد boy تونِسِيّة Tunisian بِنْت girl daughter a daughter عَرَبِيّة Arab Arabic رانْيا Rania أُسْتُرالْيا Australia مِن أَيْن
أَيْن where فَرَنْسا France تامِر Tamer مَها Maha فَريد Farid عَفْواً you're welcome أَهْلاً hello تَماماً absolutely exactly شُكْراً thank you إِنْجِليزِيّ English كَنَدِيّ Canadian إِسْكُتْلَنْدا Scotland إِنْجِلْتِرا England كَنَدا Canada هولَنْدا Holland إِسْكُتْلَنْدِيّ Scottish عِنْد has have عِنْد جورْج George has سورِيّ Syrian تونِسِيّ Tunisian عِنْد روزا Rosa has جَميل pretty عِنْد جودي Judy has عِنْد شادي Shadi has عِنْد عُمَر عُمانِيّ Omani شادي Shadi عَرَبِيّ Arab Arabic أَمريكِيّ American لُبنانِيّ Lebanese جوبا Juba باكو Baku بيرو Peru كوبا Cuba داكار Dakar ريجا Riga عُمان Oman تونِس Tunisia أَمريكا America سوريا Syria لُبنان Lebanon دُوو Duo جَيِّد good زَيد Zayd مُمتِع fun interesting مُتَرجِم translator interpreter دُكتور physician doctor زَوج husband مُمتاز amazing بَيت home house هٰذِهِ الْموزة this banana موزة banana هٰذِهِ this this is أَكْل food قَهْوة coffee حَليب milk هٰذا الْحَليب this milk هٰذا this this is ماء water مُحَمَّد Mohamed مَطْعَم restaurant لٰكِنّ but مَطْعَم مُحَمَّد Mohamed's restaurant الْأَكْل food اَلْمَطْعَم the restaurant طَيِّب kind good اَلْأَكْل to eat eating the food مَكْتَب اَلْأُسْتاذة the professor's office صَحيفة اَلْأُسْتاذ the professor's newspaper مَكْتَب اَلْأُسْتاذ the professor's office بَيْتي my house غُرْفة اَلْأُسْتاذة غُرْفة اَلْأُسْتاذ
غُرْفة اَلْقِطّة the cat's room زَرْقاء blue اَلْصَّحيفة the newspaper اَلْمَكْتَب the office رَقَم هاتِف اَلْمُهَنْدِس
صَحيفة اَلْمُهَنْدِس
هَل do you is it are you is غُرْفة اَلْمُهَنْدِس the engineer's room يا hey رَقَم هاتِف phone number بُنِّيّة brown قِطّة اَلْمُهَنْدِس the engineer's cat رَقَمِك your number صَحيفَتي my newspaper صَحيفَتَك your newspaper رَقَمي my number عِلْكة gum قَلَم رَصاص pencil لَيْسَ هُناك there is no لاب توب laptop هُناك there there is شَنْطة bag ثَقيلة heavy هاتِفِك your telephone هاتِفَك your telephone هاتِفي my phone my telephone كِتاب book لَيْسَ عِنْدي I do not have عِنْدِك you have سي دي CD حاسوب اَلْأُسْتاذة the professor's computer قَلَم اَلْأُسْتاذة the professor's pen كُرْسي chair أَبْيَض white حاسوبَك your computer حاسوبِك your computer كُرْسي الْقِطّة the cat's chair حاسوبي my computer أَبي my father عِنْدي I have قُبَّعة hat مَحْفَظة wallet صَغيرة small شَنْطَتِك your bag شَنْطَتي my bag شَنْطَتَك your bag جَميلة pretty كَلْبي my dog هٰذِهِ الْبِناية this building هٰذا الْكَلْب this dog هٰذا الْحائِط this wall هٰذِهِ الْغُرْفة this room اَلْكَلْب the dog اَلْغُرْفة the room اَلْحائِط the wall مُعَلِّمي my teacher حَديقة garden أَخي my brother جاري my neighbor قَديمة old صالون living room طاوِلة table بَلوزة blouse لَيْسَ عِنْد جودي Judy does not have تَنّورة skirt أَزْرَق blue بُنِّيّ brown بَيْضاء white عِنْدَك you have اَلْحَمْدُ لِله praise be to God واسِع spacious إيجارِك your rent إيجاري my rent غالْية expensive اَلْإيجار the rent إيجارَك your rent تي شيرْت t-shirt لَيْسَ عِنْدَك you do not have لَيْسَ عِنْد سيث Seth does not have كَلْب dog لَيْسَ عِنْدِك you do not have مِعْطَفِك your coat عِنْد سيث Seth has وِشاحَك your scarf مُعَلِّمَتَك your teacher جارة neighbor مَدينَتِك your city إِبْراهيم Ibrahim مُعَلِّمَتِك your teacher جارَتي my neighbor زَوْجَتَك your wife جَدّ grandfather جَدَّتَك your grandmother زَوْجة wife جَدّة grandmother زَوْجَتِك
قِطَّتَك your cat قِطّة cat لُبْنانِيّة Lebanese لَطيف nice لَطيفة sweet kind أَب father زَوْجي my husband جَدّي my grandfather مَحْمود Mahmoud زَوْجَتي my wife جَدَّتي my grandmother بِنْتي my daughter بَيْتِك your house بَيْتَك your house ما what is what اِسْمِك your name اِسْمي my name اسْمَك your name اِسْمَك your name اسْمِك your name اِسْم name جاكيتَك your jacket جارِك your neighbor كَراجِك your garage جارَك your neighbor كَراجَك your garage كَلْبَك your dog زَوْجِك your husband كَلْبِك your dog بِنْتِك your daughter بِنْتَك your daughter ابْنَك your son اِبْنِك your son ابْنِك your son اِبْنَك your son أَخ brother أُمّي my mother أُمّ mother أُخْت sister أُسْتاذي my professor أُخْتي my sister اِبْني my son ابْن
اِبْن
مِن أَيْن
عِنْد جورْج George has عِنْد روزا Rosa has عِنْد جودي Judy has عِنْد شادي Shadi has عِنْد عُمَر

August 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zia177448

"Just" on Food is relative, since it's already pretty far down the tree (or shrub?). ;)

August 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

I love the "shrub" ;-)

(Or Bonsai - Arabic Bonsai with a cute little owl... )

August 6, 2019

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

Maybe I should consider myself 'unteachable'! If you've learned all that, and I've learned nothing, it may be time to call it quits! :(

August 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elke405873

If you really want to learn Arabic then you should be more patient and try out different ways. Honestly, once I have learned English I only used Duolingo for repeating the words and fill in my gabs. But I would never have learned English only through Duolingo. ;-)

August 6, 2019

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

Don't give up yet!

From what I recall, there are no words taught in the first four skills. Food 1 is the 22nd skill and is two thirds of the way through the tree.

August 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zia177448

Don't give up! The translations of the words you are being taught to read haven't been taught yet. If anything, you should be able to sound out some of the words and parts of others (not all letters have been taught yet by the time you reach Alphabet 4).

August 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elke405873

Actually, this course is one of the rare courses where you get the sound of the words. So suck in the way of pronunciation and the melody of the language. Just learn to pronounce the letters properly and get used to to make a strong pronunciation very often in the middle of the words and on the last syllable if this is needed too. There are some kind of rules were you have to emphasize the words, sth like the third syllable (counted from the end of the word) when there is not before a long vocal and so on. If you can pronounce the words properly then there are so many opportunities outside Duolingo where you can learn Arabic.

August 6, 2019

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

Thanks for the encouragement. I'm familiar with the melody and pronunciation of the language, as I grew up with it being spoken in my home. My parents were 1st generation American, and my mother often spoke Arabic with her friends (so the kids wouldn't know what they were saying! :)). But I never bothered to learn. Kicking myself now! Spanish and French were easy - but my ancestors' native language, not so much!

August 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliet569059

For me it is vital to keep notes. I put absolutely every single thing the course covers in my notes and I have developed a certain style of studying that works for me.

I definitely don't know all the words I posted above, those are just what we've covered so far. I need a lot more studying and figure it will take years to be able to read a simple story

August 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elke405873

This is great that you do not have the highest obstacle to master anymore. Then you can try out Memrise or Memorion (for Android), Both have already ready stacks with a lot of words. And there are nice videos on Youtube with subtlitles. I wish you success.

August 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zia177448

I think the first words that are taught with an actual translation show up in description, so you're almost there. I think they want to make it easy for people by allowing them to focus on the writing first before having to worry about the meaning of words. I personally wouldn't mind learning the meaning of the words while learning how to sound them out, but I guess they are afraid of overwhelming and scaring off learners if they teach things too quickly.

August 6, 2019
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