How to learn Arabic language? The Arabic language is counted among the most important languages worldwide. More than 300 million people in over 20 countries speak Arabic. This Afro-Asian language originated several thousands of years ago. Originally only spoken on the Arabic peninsula, it later became widespread. There are many different Arabic dialects. Many of the dialects are very different from standard Arabic. Speakers from different regions often do not understand each other at all. Ancient Arabic is hardly spoken today. It exists most notably in the written form. Interest in Arabic has increased in recent years.
Many people find the Arabic writing system especially fascinating. It is written from right to left. If you want to learn Arabic, you must do so in a particular order. First the pronunciation, then the grammar, then the writing system. If you stick to that order, you will most definitely have fun while learning.
However to learn Arabic is a bit harder than it is to learn English or let’s say to learn Spanish. There are different varieties of Arabic that exists across the Arab world. The Modern Standard Arabic or as it is known as ‘Fusha’, is the most known one. However, it is considered to be the written Arabic language and not the spoken one. A lot of people try to translate English to Arabic words and just go for it in learning Arabic. If you are interested in learning the Spoken Arabic and not the written one, then ‘Fusha’ is not the one for you.
You might have heard that in some Arabic countries they don’t just speak Arabic but a mix of Arabic and French, well guess what, it is true! I am not saying that you might as well go learn French but my tip would be to aim to the dialect that you would like to learn. It is good and also an advantage to learn Fusha so that you know the basics or Arabic but I would concentrate more on the dialect that I would like to learn and not the one that I might now use it in my daily life. The Fusha or the written Arabic is only talked about either on the news or in the newspapers, other than that, there is no mention of the Fusha in any place in the daily lives of the Arabs. Fun fact, in our family when we want to joke and mess around we start talking in Fusha.
The best approach in learning an Arabic dialect is to find some good resources out there that offer the spoken dialect. It is really important to aim for a good resource and to know it is specified to teach the spoken dialect and not the fusha. For instance, to learn Lebanese Arabic you have to get look for a course offering the Lebanese/ Levantine Arabic and then with this course you will learn to write Arabic or learn to read Arabic in the Lebanese dialect. With technology improving, home tutors are the best approach in learning new stuff now. You can learn anything from the comfort of your own home!
I am offering a free book that I wanted to charge $50 for it since I want people to get a taste on how the Lebanese dialect is supposed to be and how different it is than Fusha. In the book I introduce the different sounds (vocals) we have and also a ton of vocabulary with pictures related to them. It is incredibly helpful for your daily life.
Why learn Arabic? Because it’s fun and interesting! It is one of the oldest languages that exist on Earth! It is written from right to left! I mean if it doesn’t sound more interesting to you now I don’t know what will motivate you to learn it lol! In case you get demotivated in learning Arabic and having difficulties in learning the specific dialect that you want to learn, then contact us! We are always here to help. We provide value more than quantity 🙂
Thank you for reading this and have fun learning the dialect