I am trying to devise a self-study Arabic course that isn’t complicated.
In this course you will learn Arabic vocabulary (about 6 to 8 words a week) as well as how to make simple sentences. You will also learn some sentences of common usage.
You should practice what you learn as much as you can through speaking. If you can’t find anyone to practice with, use the conversation thread to practice hwat you learn. You should learn to type in Arabic, but in the beginning it’s okay to use English transliteration. However, do type some Arabic daily. You can get Arabic letter stickers for the keyboard. To set Arabic as a language on your computer, go to -> control panel -> Regional and Languages -> Languages Tab -> Details (in Text Services and Input Languages) -> Add -> then select Arabic from the dropdown menu. If Arabic isn’t in the menu, then you have to install the script for it by checking the box next to install files for complex script and right – left languages (including Thia) In regional and Languages Options (Language Tab).
To change to Arabic typing press the Alt + Shift keys. You can see the abbreviation (EN) for English and (AR) for Arabic on the Task Manager (on bottom right side of the screen). You can select which language to type in from there as well.
Get yourself the following:
A new notebook and pen
A Arabic-English / English – Arabic dictionary, preferably electronic one.
*Why a new notebook and pen? You may ask why you should get a new notebook and pen? Why not rip out the pages from an existing notebook and use that? Although using an existing notebook is economical, I have found new notebooks and pens to be inspirational. You just have to use them. A beautiful notebook with a beautiful cover is even better.
Write each lesson in your notebook, writing the vocabulary on one page, the lesson on another, and the common usage sentences on a third page. It’s better to write everything in each lesson in one place instead of making separate sections for each part. This is because it makes studying more efficient. You can study each lesson separately. Since each lesson consists of a new vocabulary words and a few sentences it is less burdensome then to see a whole section of vocabulary words or sentences and trying to learn them all at once. Trying to learn too many words/sentences at once only causes one to fail.
You should study the words and sentences in your lesson often, trying to memorize as many as you can before starting the next lesson.
Use the conversation thread to practice what you learn. Use your dictionary to find more words and use these in sentences of your own and post to the conversation thread.
For the Arabic conversation thread, go here ->
EZ Arabic Practice / Conversation thread
I hope IB members find this course beneficial.