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The Arabic course needs help

Firstly I'd like to thank the developers and the contributors and in no means is my criticism to say that I can do it better.

The Arabic course has several issues that need to be addressed.

Firstly, some of the names used are non Arabic or not common. It is important that the names used are Arabic for people learning Arabic as beginners, as they are root based from the language.

Secondly the vocals are sometimes wrong. This will teach the listener the wrong pronunciation.

Thirdly the examples are impractical. My lion is in my TV. Now seriously!?

Thank you for reading this; I reiterate that I am thankful for your efforts, and my criticism is only to bring it to light and see if anyone out there can assist.

March 16, 2020



I have just completed the tree, it is very helpful with the letters. When I first started studying the language I thought it would be impossible to even learn the letters. I agree about the names and the pronunciation, it is very difficult sometimes. But in all it is a good starting point. I would love it if there where small stories like there are in the spanish course. It is fun and helps learn the language in a context.


About the (weird/unusual) sentences, that is very common in any duolingo course. It's like that so you can focus on your grammar skills and improve it, rather than use memory for examples previously seeing to "cheat" in the answer.

About the pronunciation, I ask you: how come are they wrong? Have you checked if they are just different (from another region/country) than the Arab you're used to?

Thank you for your post.


I have checked, the entire course is MSA (the standard language taught in schools, and used in press, books & Quran), yet some phrases are pronounced wrongly.


Thanks for the answer!


To be precise, the audio is often wrong because they use a text to speech tool. And the course is MSA based but has influences from various dialects (as the course creators themselves pointed out, https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/ar/en/status). The way they do possessives is dialectal, they don't write nunation, and often people point out in the comments that they use dialectal words. Just for you to know what you get. It's still a great course to have on duolingo :)


Thirdly the examples are impractical. My lion is in my TV. Now seriously!?

But they are so funny! Personally I would just say that to see people's reactions. So no practical use but very funny and who knows maybe one day Arabic speakers may need to say that.


Yeh and moreover, if all the sentences were too logical, that would make the game too easy or just following your logical to win :)


I agree with the first two problems, and many users say it is still primitive an doesn't go deep into the language.


Thank you Mohamed for taking the time to highlight these concerns. I would also add a request for more translations. Many words in the exercises lack English translations. I believe that adding translations will aid the learning process. Meantime, I appreciate the efforts of the team that has created the Arabic tree.


I stand in agreement, totally! Also, I think the arabic writing ought to be larger font to really see the details of the vowels and extra sound notations. Please.

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