Marhaban! Hello! How are you doing guys? Myself, I’m enjoying the last week of my vacations. How fast time flies! It’s already autumn, leaves are falling, and I’m about to discover a whole new world: the world of the Arabic language. I assume that some of you might be possibly interested in the Arabic language, but are afraid of its form – especially the alphabet. It’s possible to learn Arabic in a fun way, no matter how difficult it seems.
I believe that to learn languages better we should start to like them first. If you like something, you’re bound to do it more willingly, and that’s exactly what we aim for.
When it comes to Arabic, you have to remember that so many people speak Arabic, that there are many varieties of the language: we call them dialects. Main dialects include:
- Egyptian Arabic
- Levantine Arabic (Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Syria)
- Iraqi Arabic
- North African Arabic (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya)
- Gulf Arabic (Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Kuwait)
- Najdi Arabic (Central Saudi Arabia)
These are only the main ones. Sometimes differences between dialects are rather small, sometimes quite big. My Moroccan friend says it’s quite hard for other Arabic speaking people to understand their dialect, and it says a lot about how complex Arabic actually is. Don’t get too stressed out: there’s something called Modern Standard Arabic. It’s widely used in TV and newspapers across the Arab world, so it’s understood. It makes it the perfect base for learning dialects. Once you are very familiar with MSA, dialects will become easy to you. You might ask: why would I learn dialect if they can understand me? Well, imagine you started talking like Shakespeare’s characters do. Maybe I’m exaggerating now, but… Even though people will understand you, it will sound funny to them. To communicate, they use their dialects, not MSA. MSA is a perfect start, though!
First thing: get used to the language. Listen to songs, watch some movies. Who cares that you don’t understand a thing? It may be fun to speculate what they’re talking about! Plus, create a learning plan. You want to stay consistent. Let’s say: you choose to study twice a week for one hour. Write it in your calendar, and make it work! Every language in the world shows you something else in everything you have ever known, so give it a chance. You can do it!
Anyway, the next posts will be all about the alphabet and my favorite learning channels, so stay tuned! The least, but not last: The song in Arabic for you to enjoy!
Thanks for sticking with me, you’re great!
Have a lovely day,