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Word Definitions - why not have them below the Arabic ‘words’

I am learning words, I’m learning letters, I’m learning how to pronounce them - but so much time is wasted when there is not even a word definition on the ‘word’ I can now spell, say and pronounce. Huge flaw in the course and a wasted opportunity for my mind to connect the dots. At the same time I love this app because it started from the very basics and I’m actually learning it! I get so sad when I’m learning, repeating, spelling, pronouncing and I have no clue what the word means.

March 7, 2020



Duolingo doesn't give word definitions, only direct translations just like google translate.

If you would like to use a dictionary, I believe this website is more than enough: https://www.almaany.com/en/dict/ar-en/


I wanted to suggest this dictionary too. It's so helpful.. It has lots of languages. Use Eng-Ara.. Sometimes I use it to know an Arabic word Ara-Ara (I'm Arabian but some words in arabic are used in past when Arabic was so grammatical and meaningful)


In the early lessons there are a lot of nonsense combinations of letters just to teach the alphabet. Eventually you will get to lessons that teach actual words and grammar.


A lot of them are words. Maybe almost all of them are words. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve learned the word for amazing but it never said ‘amazing’ until way down the line when they started teaching it in sentences. I know they are mostly all words but for some reason they don’t say the meaning while we learn them.


I stand corrected. There was at least one example of a nonword being used, and I leapt to the conclusion that most were just illustrative sounds. But I'm not too far along in the course. I think you make a good point then. Just mentioning the translation as a throwaway would help people recall words when they needed to understand them later.


True. One time I got "هو", which means "he is" in English


Actually it means "he" not "he is". ( ͡ᵔ ͜ʖ ͡ᵔ )


Thanks for correcting me :D


Hello! I'm Arabian and would like to help you with any hard thing in Arabic.. You can ask me, good luck!

For your problem.. Using the dictionary in the first comment will help you know any word you want better than Google translate "in my opinion".

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