Teaching the basics in Arabic - Youtube and Website
To whom who are interested in learning the very basics in Arabic. Here is a Youtube channel from someone who just has started to explain the basics in Arabic. He also has started to create a teaching website which is based on his videos on Youtube. I guess I really have started one year too early with learning Arabic. Now there are more and more good material for learning the language in a proper way, in our book shops and libraries as well in the internet.
Is there really no information in the course explaining the root system? I did the course as a review, and I tested out of some things, and did not read many tips, so I assumed that the information was there somewhere.
If it is not, it should be.
Arabic is a highly logical language...the most logical one I have encountered...and it cannot be understood at all, in my opinion, without understanding how the root system works.
When you know the root of any word...k-t-b for ‘to write’ for example...you use the noun of place form...mak-tub...to indicate the place where writing takes place...a desk. EVERY noun of place in the entire language is formed in this way by adding miim before the root, and using the same voweling structure.
The other forms all work this way too, but noun of place seems to be the easiest one to grasp and apply.
I am sure they will cover this as they add on to the course, but everyone should absolutely be paying attention to the roots of words.
Of course, as it stands now, in Beta, the entire course is mostly an introduction to the script and sounds of Arabic. That is not to say that it is a waste, or a bad method. I can’t really judge the method, since I already knew Arabic when I began the course.
Keep in mind that the jump from English to Arabic is considered the greatest level of difficulty when evaluated (Cat 4) and equal to the jump in difficulty from English to Chinese. That makes it difficult to teach, and kudos to Duolingo for launching an Arabic course at all! It will become more complete as time goes on.
this teacher is also very interesting : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K83YZYcpExc
I'm now looking at Arabic by simple curiosity and I realize that I like the music and the kind of mystery brought by the language
I remember that once a guy said to me the complete sentence "Salam aleikum etc." and I found it really beautiful. I also heard some traditional call to the prior or something like that, and it was absolutely magic and beautiful. it was several decades ago!
the idea of learning Arabic has absoltely never crossed my mind until now, but with my journey through languages I think it could happened. why not? I don't know if I'll really commit myself in that (long!) journey, yet. just curiosity for the moment. but that teachers are truly inspiring, no doubt