Is anyone learning Arabic?
What do you think so far? I have only just started. Would love to hear others experiences!
I like it but that doesn't mean there aren't any issues with it. I'm almost to the 3rd checkpoint. I took 1 year of Arabic in college and despite some of the issues with the course, Duolingo's method is superior to how I was learning Spanish and Arabic in high school and college. People taking the course have complained about the font size. It doesn't bother me but it bothers a lot of people. You're not going to become fluent in Arabic with this course. You should view this as a starting point. My main issue with the course is that when you have to practice (either clicking the barbell or restoring a lesson) too much of the practice time is spent sounding out the words and not enough time practicing vocab and constructing sentences. Despite this, I have enjoyed the course.
I've just begun and have recently passed my first checkpoint. As mentioned, the letters are very small on some of the exercises which makes it hard to see the diacritics. I find the best way to learn is to write the characters down each time they are encountered in the exercises. I am not doing this course particularly to learn the language as I only plan to try this for six months - doing it, as a senior, to exercise my brain! Sorry if that's not an acceptable reason :)