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Tips On Learning Arabic From A High School Perspective


Today we have a guest post from Hudson Lee, a 17 year old student from a private school that offers Arabic. 

Hudson recently travelled to Jordan and has some tips to share based on what he’s learned. I think it’s great to see young people enthusiastic about Arabic and the Middle East!

Over to you, Hudson. 🙂


When I started my journey into the Arabic language three years ago, the uniqueness of the language and the novelty of a high school Arabic class intrigued me.

My freshman self entered class on the first day, eager and ready to learn.

For two weeks, it was great! The “new” alphabet didn’t seem so new to me anymore, and I learned all the common greetings and questions. Even my parents and friends were impressed.

Great, right?

Well, not really.

After only two weeks, I stopped being so eager to learn, and my Arabic class began to fall into a repetitive pattern of vocabulary and grammar.

Worst of all, I didn’t really feel like I was improving much.

Skip to sophomore year, where it was much of the same.

I didn’t bother to study any Arabic over that summer, because at that point Arabic just didn’t seem that important to me. I improved some during sophomore year, but I felt like I had hit a wall.

Sure, I was appreciative that my school is one of a handful in the state to offer Arabic but the original novelty and uniqueness of the language began to wear off.

I found myself beginning to view Arabic class as just another class to check off a list and get a good grade in.

In other words, I failed to take advantage of this great language learning opportunity.

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  1. Your experience with languages mirrors mine, especially your early eagerness to take the class that turned to boredom. I spent all four years in high school taking French classes, yet never came out able to speak any of it. When I moved to the Philippines I was determined to become conversant in a foreign language. With no tutors, no tests, and no classes, it only took three months of hanging out in the local villages and just trying to speak the local Cebuano language to become conversant. I realized that nothing prevented me from learning a new language like school (everyone I know expresses the same sentiment). Congratulations on your self-education.

  2. Seems like an interesting subject. Good luck in your further studies.

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