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Marhaba! In this post, I would like to discuss 3 smart and easy ways for you to pick up Arabic quickly. I want to thank a close friend of mine who brought up this idea a couple of times over the last couple of months. She is learning Arabic and constantly asks me about different ways to get immersed in an Arabic speaking environment. My best advice to her centered on different things that I do to maintain my level of fluency (مستوى الفصاحة). I offered her these tips and after a few weeks she rushed to thank me mentioning that these tips granted her great exposure to an Arabic speaking environment in turn facilitating the learning process. In addition to my friend’s request, many of you through different means have asked the same question. How can I continuously practice Arabic? I am confident that these tips can help you out! Some of these might be obvious to many of you, while others might be new and useful. Needless to say, Arabic like other languages requires a constant drive for speaking (التكلم), listening (الاستماع), practicing (التمرين), reading (القراءة) and writing (الكتابة) on a daily basis; otherwise, it becomes rusty and might seem difficult all over again.
1. Surf the Internet for Arabic Resources (تصفُّح الانترنت لِلمصادر العربية)
Given the fact you are reading this post, then you are already making use of this first tip. Make it a point to visit the Arabic Language Blog (https://blogs.transparent.com/arabic/ ) hosted by Transparent Language (http://www.transparent.com/learn-arabic/#.UgT76m25894) on a daily basis. In addition to the new and old posts on the blog, you can always browse through the different categories of free resources offered on these educational portals. Sign up for ‘Arabic Word of the Day’ and make sure to follow the Arabic page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/learn.arabic)..
For the last couple of months, the Arabic team at Transparent Language launched a new initiative called the ‘MWF Initiative’ to help you learn and practice Arabic in a fun and easy way! Stay tuned for these activities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of every week!
2. Read Arabic newspapers (قراءة الصحف العربية)
As a native and fluent speaker, I maintain my level of fluency by reading Arabic newspapers on a daily basis. I tend to read around 5-6 newspapers on a daily basis. I admit that some articles might be hard for you, but most of the shorter articles are easier for new learners. I will suggest some of the newspapers that I read on a daily basis. The best part in reading some of these newspapers is that they are accessible on the internet and in most cases for free!
Annahar Newspaper (جريدة النهار): http://www.annahar.com/
Al Akhbar Newspaper (جريدة الاخبار): http://www.al-akhbar.com/index.php
Addiyar Newspaper (جريدة الديار): http://www.charlesayoub.com/Default.aspx?pageid=38
Al Ahram (الأهرام): http://www.ahram.org.eg/
3. Listen to Arabic Music (الاستماع الى موسيقى عربية)
Every now and then, I choose one of my favorite songs in Arabic and translate the song lyrics into English. I personally believe that listening to Arabic music is one of the most important ways to get immersed into an Arabic speaking environment. Music teaches you about the cultural expressions and values of any community and it is crucial to familiarize yourself with Arabic native music. Here are some of the songs that I have posted in the last couple of months with the translation of the lyrics into English.
Breathe Freedom by Julia Boutros (https://blogs.transparent.com/arabic/breathe-freedom/)
Can the Iraqi Star Kazem el-Saher Make your Passion Grow? (https://blogs.transparent.com/arabic/can-the-iraqi-star-kazem-el-saher-make-your-passion-grow/)
What did People All Around Ask Fairouz? (https://blogs.transparent.com/arabic/what-did-people-all-around-ask-fairouz/)
To My Mother by Marcel Khalife (https://blogs.transparent.com/arabic/to-my-mother/)
I hope you make use of one or all of these tips. Are you doing anything else to learn Arabic? Please feel free to share your thoughts.
Stay tuned for upcoming posts.
Have a nice day!
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