How much Arabic can you learn in a month?
February 1, 2013 6 Comments
I now have four weeks of Arabic under my belt. This is what I can say and do so far:
- Listening: Recognize and understand basic phrases for hello, goodbye, excuse me, yes, no, repeat please, a little.
- Listening: Recognize and understand basic questions such as, Do you understand Arabic? Do you understand English? Where is the bathroom?
- Listening: Recognize titles roughly equivalent to sir and miss.
- Listening: Recognize basic nouns including words that I assume to mean boy, girl, woman, man, sandwich, bread, egg, rice, apple, water, coffee, cat, dog, horse.
- Listening: Recognize basic verbs including words that I assume to mean eat, drink, run, swim.
- Speaking: Say all of the above, but not necessarily in context or in a complete sentence.
- Writing: Write many letters of the Arabic alphabet.
- Reading: Recognize all the letters of the Arabic alphabet when they are not connected to any other letter, plus some Arabic punctuation.
- Reading/speaking: Say what sounds go with which letters of the Arabic alphabet.
- Speaking: Sing several versions of the Arabic alphabet song.
These are the resources I have used so far:
- Rosetta Stone Arabic
- Learn Arabic With Maha
- Arabic alphabet videos on YouTube
- Arabic alphabet coloring sheets
- Various Arabic learning resources recommended by other bloggers and tweeps.
- Flashcards I made myself
- Pimsleur Arabic One
- Arabic SurvivalPhrases podcasts
My biggest frustration this month: Not being able to write with Arabic characters yet. I wish I could make a list of the words I know in Arabic, but I’m not comfortable writing them yet. I need to practice a lot with a pen and paper and then learn the Arabic keyboard to be able to type them as well.
My proudest accomplishment this month: I can sing the Arabic alphabet song all the way through. The formerly mysterious Arabic characters are starting to come to life.
Biggest confusion this month: Differentiating between all the different verbs and their endings. I tried to learn a lot more verbs than the four listed above. Those four were the only ones that stuck.
Goal for the next four weeks: Find a language partner to practice basic conversation.
Find out how I decided to learn Arabic and how it all got started:
- How to learn to speak Arabic in just one year (In which I think I am *not* getting working knowledge of Arabic for Christmas.)
- My first Arabic lesson EVER (I stop procrastinating, crack out the Rosetta Stone and get started.)
- A true beginner’s first language lesson (Video proof of my [atrocious?] accent.)
- Learning the Arabic alphabet (Because you have to start with the basics.)
- Looking for an Arabic alphabet song (Not as simple as you would think.)
- Week three: Arabic breakthroughs (How I learned to stop worrying and trust the teacher.)
- Arabic salad (Language learning through food.)