In this episode, I share how I began learning Arabic over 15 years ago and how I would approach the language if I were a beginner all over again.
- Arabic was the first foreign language I learned to fluency.
- Choose one dialect in the beginning and stick with it before learning others.
- Don’t learn MSA in the beginning unless you need it. Nobody speaks it anywhere as a native language. Pick a spoken dialect.
- Learn to read the alphabet quickly. It’s much easier than it looks.
- Cultural assimilation is vital. If you want to succeed, assimilate into Arab culture as much as possible.
- Surround yourself with Arabic from day one.
- Get a teacher who uses a communicate approach and not a traditional/formal method.
- Forget grammar. Speak Arabic immediately and make mistakes.
- Use high quality resources. Here are mine.
- Avoid fear and cultural stereotypes of Arabs which may dampen your efforts.
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Check out this blog post where I went into detail about my history with Arabic.