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Hey, I have a few questions about reading Arabic (tengo preguntas del Árabe)

So, for the past week or so I have been only practicing the main four lessons in Arabic, and it is till hard for me to read it. 1) How long did it take you to be able to read Arabic? 2) Is it normal if I take more than a month or two? 3) How long does it take children in Arabic speaking countries to learn to read? Traducción español... La semana pasada he estudiado el leer en Árabe y aun no puedo leer muy bien, es difícil leer para mi y no sé si es normal. 1) ¿Cuanto tiempo estudiaste hasta podías leer? 2) ¿Es normal si me lleve mucho tiempo para aprender leer en Árabe? 3) Cuanto tiempo lleva a los niños en países que hablan Árabe leer?

Sé eventualmente aprenderé leer en Árabe pero ahora tengo mis dudas

August 8, 2019



Actually, I would never be able to read Arabic if I would only have done Arabic on Duolingo. This course is good for repeatitions and getting confident with the sound. I guess I have needed somethings around 2 months of learning the letters and another 4 or 5 months learning reading. And still I read like a kid in the first or second gread. But this is ok with me, now I am getting better and better. You can only learn to read properly when you start to read small texts. I chosed for this nice books for kids which are also written in levels and I change voice messages with language partners, so they can check and give me my corrections. I hope you will have enough patience and stick to this awesome language. It is really worth to learn Arabic. They also have very great old stories and poems which we should be able to understand and should not depend on translations. Just try out some poems from Al Mutannabi on Youtube (prefered with subtitles/lyrics). I like the one I call insomnia.


Thank you. And yeah, Duo doesnt seem to be the best platform to learn how to read. It is kinda hard because we have to learn the vocabulary and how to read and pronounce at the same time. I am thinking about learning all of letters and in all of their forms first, in addition to doing maybe 10 minutes of Duo practice a day. I hope that maybe in a month I will be able to move on in vocabulary because I would really like to learn Arabic.

But it is difficult because Arabic is a cursive language and I suck at writing cursive and I can´t read it even in English.


Hey, I'm a native Hebrew speaker, but I also took 5 years of Arabic (formally - school scene) and it is totally natural that reading would take you a while to master. It shouldn't stop you from learning vocab though. At school, we focused on reading and writing (the alphabet does change from print to script, but dw about it for the purpose of reading solely) for about half a year. We did do a lot of vocab with every letter we covered, and we did get a lot of reading exercises. I took a pick at the Arabic course - I'm sure the creators did their absolute best, it is very difficult to teach letters in a way of quizzes, but if I were you I'd just go online and look for a chart of letter vs. sound and memorize them. There are methods like focusing on 'families' of letters (dawud letters that discontinue a word's "flow", btni letters that only differ by their "dots", etc), but as a general sense it is mostly memorizing. Yes, it is difficult. Whenever you have to switch an alphabet there is a great difficulty there. Make a note that - in Arabic, every letter can have (and just in typed form!) - 4 forms. It is not a simple language to read, don't beat yourself for taking your time.


Hi, reading for children takes usually from 1 to 3 mounths (honestly the 3rd week we give them their books and they begin trying to read with our help). anyway, with children it's easy to learn languages, so with children already talking arabic, you'll have only few that needs to learn the writing, so don't compare. If i had one tip to give you, learn the proper pronounciation of each letter, some are very hard to europea (not all, depends on the native language), but once you learned every letter + the "tachkil" it's over, you can "read" (doesn't mean you'll understand btw). Don't forget this, arabic can differ from a country to another, and it's because of the culture and/or region, stick to "Fos7a" it's better, and you'll be able to read anything, lastly but not the least, arabic is very hard when you dive deep into it, it has a lot of rules and and and, but learn te basics, because the "advanced things" in our language is not that important if you're purpose is only to read, write (simple things, not "Chi3r"/poem) and keep a conversation.


Reading is a big Challenge for me too. I progress only very slowly and sometimes I get bored of all the maching the pairs exercices. I like much more the exercices, where new words and little sentences are introduced. Because I need some variations to stay motivated I go forward and back. I start a lesson and go until level 2 or three, but never until five. Later I come back and make some other exercices to go further. When coming back to an older lession suddenly everything seems much easier than before. I can feel the learning progress. But when I read that it will take 20 years to read Arabic properly. mabe I better stop my efforts. Will I be still alive in twenty years?


You don't even know if you will be alive tomorrow so that's the wrong mindset..

For every person it's different how long it will take to learn a language but if you learn for 30-60 minutes every day, then you will notice that after a month you already progressed a lot. But between learning to read and knowing to speak is a huge difference and that's for every language. If you want to learn to speak quickly, the best way is to practice with arabic speakers. Step by step. Good luck.

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