How long does it take to learn Arabic?
There is no miracle recipe; the time it takes to learn Arabic depends on yourself and your motivation.
To learn Arabic quickly, above all do not be discouraged.
Thus, the parameters that will help you learn Arabic quickly are: How long does it take to learn Arabic?
Learning materials adapted to your level.
Learning to speak, read and write in Arabic requires less training time than to become bilingual, of course.
Before indicating the ideal number of hours needed to learn Arabic, let’s recall a bit of history. The Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and Septimania (current Languedoc-Roussillon of France) were conquered and occupied by the Umayyads (Arab dynasty descended from Muhammad) from 711 after the conquest of Seville. For more than 700 years, Islam and Arabic permeated Spanish: Visigothic and Latin populations converted to Islam and 80% of the population became Muslim, until the Reconquest and the taking of Granada in 1492.
Medieval Spain, at that time called Al-Andalus, assimilated many aspects of Arab culture (architecture, art, science, literature and linguistics). This legacy of Arab domination from Seville to Arles resulted in Spanish having more than 4000 words of Arabic origin today.
To learn Arabic, immerse yourself in a linguistic and cultural immersion: repeat, emphasize, practice your Arabic. A few weeks of class will not suffice. You can take intensive courses to learn quickly, but it will still take you several months to be able to read and write the alphabet, properly understand idiomatic expressions and control grammar (pronouns, verbs, sentence constructions).
An Englishman or a Spaniard who wants to start taking Arabic classes for beginners needs more than 88 weeks of classes, about 2200 hours of classes to learn to speak Arabic. By comparison, learning French takes around 600 hours.
With the Assimil method, for example, you can repeat simple phrases, adverbial phrases and Arabic vocabulary to assimilate them progressively. In addition, you can do things of everyday life involving Arabic, such as reading the Arabic press or listening to the Egyptian or Moroccan radio, exercises to which you can dedicate fifteen or twenty minutes a day.
To do this, you can practice with educational and fun supports:
Videos and podcasts on the Internet.
Conversations in Arabic with natives of Arab countries.
Method books for all levels (beginners, basic, intermediate and advanced levels).
Listen to music from Egypt and Morocco to immerse yourself even staying in Spain.
Arabic classes at home: at Superprof, you will find your ideal Arabic teacher at home.
Classes in private institutions.
Classes at a university: you can take courses offered by some Spanish universities to learn the basic fundamentals of cultured Arabic (the alphabet, reading and writing, grammar, verbs, vocabulary, pronunciation).
Online Arabic Courses – There are a lot of websites that offer online courses to learn Arabic for free and fast.
Linguistic stay: it is the best formula, go to Cairo or Casablanca to learn Egyptian and Moroccan ( dariya ).
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