How should I learn Arabic?
Learn the basics first
Arabic classes starting at a level that is too challenging may lead you to feel disheartened and perhaps even give up altogether. Moreover, skipping past the basics does not necessarily mean that you will learn Arabic any quicker.
Choose one dialect
Given that there are 25 countries which claim Arabic as their official language, regional variances occur. To avoid confusion, it is advisable to focus classes on one dialect in the initial stages. Once this has been perfected, you can begin to understand both the significant and subtle differences between other Arabic dialects.
Practice makes perfect
Achieving fluency in a short space of time is best achieved by practicing Arabic regularly. In your spare time, try dipping into the Arabian nights, or watch the fascinating debates that play out on Al Jazeerah. With a private Arabic tutor, classes can be scheduled in a way that is convenient. You do not have to worry about missing your lessons if other commitments arise.
Visit Arab speaking countries
Some of the top Arabic speaking tourist destinations include Morocco, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. From the high rises of Dubai to the Egyptian pyramids, learning Arabic promises a culturally-filled holiday, devoid of the usual stresses that stem from language barriers.
Is Arabic a useful language to learn?
In addition to being the official language of 25 countries, Arabic is an official working language of the General Assembly of the United Nations. The primary language in four major distinct regional dialects, including Maghreb, Egyptian Arabic, Levantine Arabic and Iraqi Arabic, Arabic is an essential language to learn for business affairs in the Middle East. Furthermore, Arabic-speaking countries have a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion and have, in economic terms, grown considerably quickly.
The Arab world has an immensely rich culture and history. In the Middle Ages, Arabic culture flourished. Emphasis on learning and scholarship gave rise to important inventions and discoveries. Intertwined with Islam, the second largest religion in the world, learning Arabic culture will increase your awareness of other religions and traditions.
Given it is spoken so widely, with 300 million native speakers, Arabic is an important language for business and commerce. Countries in the Arab speaking world have a combined GDP of $2.5 trillion. Consequently, being able to speak Arabic allows you to tap into this lucractive market and, in turn, demand a competitive salary and an important position.