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Tips for learning to write abjad?

Does anyone have any tips on how to write the abjad well? Especially how not to take forever when writing words and sentences.

September 10, 2019

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

On computer: buy arabic stickers on your keyboard if you don't have an original arabic keyboard. Then write a lot! (try not to use wordbank on duolingo)

Handwriting: write a whole lot!

And to hell with fathas, kasras, dammas! Nobody uses them anyway.

September 10, 2019

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So I don’t ever have to write down the diacritics?

September 10, 2019

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

No, only dots that are parts of letters like: خ ج, and hamzas ء. Check out arabic wikipedia or al jazeera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPESO8JmKPQ

September 11, 2019

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

I think putting stickers on the keyboard is a very bad idea.

Either use onscreen keyboard for reference of print a copy of Arabic keyboard to prop up at eye level for peeking. Eyes should be up on copy not looking at keyboard as you hunt and peck. It's a bad habit, hard to break and easy to avoid.

To learn handwriting I used the WriteIt app from Jernung

And my final . 02c, use all the diacritics. You can leave them out later but at least you will know the proper use and pronunciation.

September 14, 2019

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

I dissagree. without stickers you spend more time trying to find the right key even if you have printed arabic keyboard in the front of you. It's easier to remember the key layout if they letters are on the keyboard. You can write without looking at your fingers later. Imagine writing in english and having completely blank keyboard. It's the same.

As for diacritics, if you already know how to spell a word, why use something, that noone else uses? Author asked for a quicker way to write. Diacritics make it longer, especially if you have to search for ً ٌ ْ or alif dagger (Even using an onscreen keybord i cannot find it! can you tell us where is it?)

September 15, 2019

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

As a touchtypist, I have to agree with juliet569059, because the last thing one wants to do is be looking at the keyboard. If you look at the keyboard anyway, then go ahead and continue.

September 15, 2019

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

I agree that typing without looking is much better than with your eyes on the keyboard. I also write without looking in most situations, but because I have to use many keyboards with different layout of special keys, like: . : I have to use my sight to find them.

If you write in a different alphabet it's much easier to learn the layout, when it's on the keyboard. Especially when the same english sounds are corelated with different keys (like M and م, L and ل).

But OK, you convinced me. If someone's aim is touch typing in arabic go ahead, and avoid looking at the keys at all cost (so no stickers needed). But I find it much easier and faster to find the forgotten key with my eyes, then trying all nearby keys. So the choice is yours, Words50000.

September 15, 2019
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