1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Arabic
  4. >
  5. Learn Arabic from Indonesian/…


Learn Arabic from Indonesian/malay (or vice verser)

I was just wondering if anyone would be interested in learning Arabic from Indonesian or vice verser, as there are many Muslims in Indonesia that I'm sure would want to learn Arabic to read the Quran etc.

September 23, 2019



Yes I am from Indonesia, very interesting to learning Arabic. can you help me?

September 24, 2019


Well, right now I've only just started the English to Arabic duolingo course, but my tips: Start learning and saying short phrases and sentences as soon as possible while learning the alphabet. Also, pick a dialect you'd want to learn, otherwise you might sound weird if you just speak the 'standard variety' i.e Modern Standard Arabic that is taught by duolingo.

September 25, 2019


Thank you for your tips, I will try it.

September 25, 2019


[i have no idea what your background is on this, so apologies if my rambling guesses are not helpful, i'm doing a course of learning Spanish from German despite not being very fluent in German, so i didn't assume you knew Malay or Indonesian... But now i'm not sure]

I think one of your best resources might actually be a bilingual quran, they are often written in arabic with a translation into the local language as well. BUT the language the quran is written in is not very much like modern Arabic (i'm just a beginner learning Arabic, but i imagine it's a bit like some old translations if the bible, with all the thees and thous and other archaic language) it will be a start though.

I'm a white atheist in Australia, so i'm far from an expert, but i don't think most muslims end up speaking very fluent Arabic? they read it phonetically to recite it and then have a separate translation in their native language. Kind of like most 20th century Catholics were not fluent in Latin? But again... I'm not sure if that analogy is accurate...

September 28, 2019


Yeah, that sounds about right. Thanks for the suggestion as I never thought of that.

October 5, 2019


I just recently started Arabic, still learning the alphabet which is no easy task. Maybe later we can get together.

September 23, 2019
Learn Arabic in just 5 minutes a day. For free.