by Omar Matadar
Posted on January 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM.
One of the most important factors for success in learning Arabic is being focused on one’s goals for learning the language.
Learning Arabic is an immensely rewarding but also long and involved process; as is the learning of any language. One of the most important factors for success in learning Arabic is being focused on one’s goals for learning the language. Arabic is vast and includes many local dialects, formal registers for written discourse and particular educated spoken varieties. As a learner you need to choose what is most important to you for what you want to use Arabic for in the future. For some people speaking Arabic is the goal. If you want to speak Arabic and you know where you want to go in the Arab world then learning the dialect of that region would be important. Such dialects are often learnt in their own courses such as Egyptian Arabic or Levantine Arabic. If learning to read classical Arabic texts is your passion then you should take reading courses or you should choose texts that you can read on your own from that genre. Once you have specified your goals for learning the language you are much less likely to be disheartened in the process and more likely to maintain motivation. I have seen a student who always thought he had to speak Arabic to know Arabic. However, when it came down to it the student only really wanted to read and listen to modern Arabic news for its political content. The result was that this student’s focus on speaking actually delayed his reading proficiency. Be specific in your goals for learning Arabic and you will better know how to find the resources you need and how to get there most efficiently.
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