On the 18th of December every year, many lovers of the Arabic language ـــــ whether they were learners, writers or simply normal people ـــــ celebrate in the honour of The International Arabic Language Day in various ways.
You might notice the trending posts of old poetry, quotes and such, which proudly represent the uniqueness of what is knowon in Arabic as, “لغة الضاد,” or even hosting events where the language lovers admirably discuss their passion and full astonishment for the complex, rich language.
However, there will always be that one person who labels what is mentioned above as, “Complicated stuff I’ll never ever comprehend or be able to understand!”
Of course, you must have known at least one person who constantly complains about how hard learning Arabic can be, and despite its beauty, they argue that it’s much easier to think and use English rather than Arabic. It leads them to struggle whenever they use grammar or formal terms, which is quite problematic sometimes.
So we decided this time to celebrate differently; to step forward and discuss something essential for many learners, rather than “The Annual Admiration Day” followed by a long time negligence.
Let us break all those barriers that prevent you from enjoying the beauty of this graceful language. Therefore, we, gladly, provide you 6 of the most effective steps to self-improve your own Arabic.
Persistence is the first step to accomplish anything in your life. If you really want to achieve development, you MUST throw all the negativity, insecurity and laziness behind your back.
Have some persistence and believe that YOU CAN DO IT!
Of course, it won’t be that easy. No matter how much everyone is trying to make it look like.
This is the second hardest language we are talking about here! There will be moments of uncertainty, failure and self-doubt, and you will feel like forgetting the whole thing and surrendering. But REMEMBER, zero is the start of everything, and “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ـــــ Lao Tzu. So be patient, get your strength back and continue diving in.
3. Step by Step
Rushing things won’t take you anywhere. Starting the process with heavy, intricate materials might cause a reversal reaction in your performance. Try easy stuff, and by that, we mean dust off your old school books and curriculums, because you are about to re-study the important basics, which are rusty due to the lack of using the formal language on a daily basis.
As a first step, you might find it amusing to re-read your favourite books by experimenting reading editions of both the original text and a translation illustrated on the same page.
But remember to carefully choose the translator you are reading for since the quality of the translation and the beauty of the original language may be lost during the transfer and that won’t help you at all!
Then go for Arabic articles, short stories, quotes and proverbs. Compare the used vocabs and styles with the English ones, sense the dissimilarities and write them down.
(A tiny tip here, is to not be ashamed of reading young adult stories, whatever age you are! For the simple yet accurate structures and styles which you will find so easy and helpful to use in the future.)
4. Process of Development
As we’ve mentioned, take things step by step for better results. After young adults books, go for modern adult novels, poetry etc. You will find so many good writers if you research well online.
Follow the sequence to develop until you reach the level where you read the old, decent and more complex type of stories which you were hesitating about a long time ago. And remember, you are doing a great job!
And of course, we can’t mention Arabic learning without mentioning The Holy Quran, the most original source of the Arabic language which has a massive ability to enhance your background knowledge in a pure Arabian way. Its description will supply you with strong vocabularies, but look up simpler alternatives of these vocabs, the more commonly used words in the present time.
Whenever you face an ambiguous word, try guessing its meaning through the context, and then search for its meaning in an Arabic dictionary. Make a list of your new vocabs because you will depend on it later.
(You might notice by now that these steps are quite similar to any language-learning process. As easy as that.)
5. Good Readers Must Be Good Listeners as Well
Get your ear familiar with the way of pronouncing Arabic, especially the heavy words.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to make fun of you, but watching cartoons in Arabic with little kids in your family can be super helpful and has been proven to be effective among children since they are using simple, clear vocabs, especially through watching educational programs. Also, enjoy poems and audiobooks, with that deep voice of the narrator that will take you back to the time of “أبو الطيب المتنبي .” And mumble “أبجد هوز” in public, dear!
6. Practicing Commitment
Finally, engage practicing the language in your schedule. Remember all the new vocabs you were collecting and styles you were learning about? Use them. Whether in chatting with your friends (who should be supportive), writing different texts in the formal language, writing your diary, or even having conversations with kids who are obsessed with Spacetoon in your family! Revise the basics from time to time, and have at least one Arabic book on your reading list.
Gradually, you will start to think more in Arabic, and you will sense more flexibility which will help you be smarter and better at analysing both languages at the end.
Do you think these ways are truly useful? Tell us your opinion and add more tips to the list!
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