October 13, 2019 100



Now I’ve learned Arabic from nothing
so I have a pretty good idea about what it takes to go from zero to Arabic speaking my first tip actually isn’t really related to the
language specifically but it’s about a time and a dedication thing so let me just explain Tip 1: How much time are you going
to need to learn Arabic? are you going to spend 5 minutes a day?
Are are you going to spend 20 minutes a week? you will have to give up something
in order to learn this new language if you think that you can
go about your daily activities and keep up with your squash and yoga
and your nights out with your friends and your latest Netflix show and learn
Arabic and just squeeze it into all the gaps then you’re probably kidding yourself,
you will have to give up something something has to go…
when learning a new language I’m not one to give a specific amount of time,
but if you can’t spend, say, 2 hours a week ideally, an hour a day,
so 7 hours a week minimum then it’s almost questionable whether or not you’re going to make
enough progress to keep yourself motivated to go so time… you need to give something up that you currently do in order to study Arabic maybe you’ve just finished exams,
or maybe you’ve just finished your course at uni or maybe you’ve just quit your job,
or maybe you’ve just changed jobs and you’ve got a lot more time on your hands,
that’s a great time to learn a language because you’ve got more time on your hands,
which you can then fill with learning Arabic secondly, is commitment so, you need to be committed…
you need to be motivated to stay motivated to learn Arabic everyone’s motivations varies, maybe you live in
the Middle East, maybe you live in Kuwait maybe you’re an expat in Dubai maybe you’ve gone to work in Qatar,
maybe you’re visiting Syria or Jordan on holiday whatever your motivation to learn Arabic is try and remember that,
try and write it down when you start I am learning Arabic because by THIS date
I want to be able to say this, this, and this these are generic tips, but
motivation is so, so important and if you have an Arabic speaking
friend who can motivate you along the way that will really, really, really, really help Tip number 2: is you need to choose a dialect now this is such a common question I get asked what dialect do I learn? there are so many dialects you can learn Egyptian, Levant, Algerian…
I didn’t even talk about Moroccan North African, Algerian…
there’s just so many different dialects you can learn now my tip for this one is, to… the Arabic they speak on the television and
the news, and in the newspapers and on televsion and on most TV shows, they will speak Fusha at least, what is known in English is
MSA (modern standard Arabic) and in Arabic language is known as Fusha so it’s formal Arabic, it’s understood everywhere
and it’s universally understood and spoken although not in the streets, not colloquially spoken,
but it is used as a means of communication across the Arab world now my advice is learn Fusha if you want to learn a dialect as well,
then choose one dialect as well to learn along side it if you have a very specific reason for
learning levant dialect, then you can learn fusha
alongside levant dialect if you’re going to be working in the Gulf,
then you probably want to learn so… learn fusha, but learn a dialect do not try and learn 5 dialects and fusha at once they are like different languages the words are different on so many
levels so choose one dialect to learn with fusha definitely learn fusha, it’s gives you a good foundation
as to the language and how it works together and it helps you in understanding the roots, and the
basis upon which the other accents are built upon but when you’re learning, learn a dialect if you have a specific interest, if you just love Arabic
and you want to learn Arabic, just learn fusha and then you can choose a dialect a year down the line
once you can say, ‘hello, how are you?’ my third tip is: utilise YouTube, now you’re watching
this on YouTube right? you’re watching my channel on YouTube and there are so many good channels so many I’ve learned so much Arabic from watching
YouTube videos and I can’t express this enough I can’t emphasize this enough I’ve got some recommended channels for you these are: Esra Osh who teaches gulf Arabic fantastic channel good phrases from a Kuwaiti, she is Kuwaiti,
she teaches very, very well and her lessons are simple they’re easy to understand and
you can learn a lot in a very short time you’ve got “Spoken Arabic Simplified”
for the levant dialect. ‘Spoken Arabic Simplified”
this is an American lady called Talia who teaches levant dialect amazing channel… check that out you’ve got, Hanan AlFardan, she’s an Emirati
lady who teaches the Emirati dialect again gulf, but even within the gulf dialects they still
have slightly different ways of saying certain things Kuwaitis say things slightly different from Emiratis who say things different form Saudis etc… etc. for Egyptian Arabic, there’s a channel
called “Arabic Lessons with Nada” it’s not specifically on the Egyptian dialect,
but there are some lessons on the Egyptian dialect there and as a side note, if you are Egyptian
and you’re watching this there’s a gap in the market for you to make a YouTube
channel specifically about the Egyptian dialect so… maybe you can do that so utilise YouTube, there’s an
endless supply of videos an endless supply of videos,
so many different channels, different dialects you can watch them all day my advice is, don’t just come and
search for a random lesson… find a channel that you like and that you know is reliable and is
going to give you good information regularly and from someone that you can trust maybe form someone who replies to comments and maybe who has a Patreon
so you can ask them direct questions which by the way I do, but in all seriousness, you need to find a YouTuber who can actually give you
depth and clarity on the questions that you have so use Youtube use the resources… the free
resources which are on YouTube I myself personally have about
30 videos just teaching Arabic phrases to get you started I’ve got Arabic alphabet lessons,
I’ve got Arabic phrases videos and like the channels I’ve just mentioned as well,
there’s just so much out there you’re never going to be short of learning resources so use it, use it wisely stick with channels that you know, and you trust,
don’t waste time searching around, bouncing around random videos and going on all the… suggested this, and recommended that,
you’ll end up going off track but choose channels that you trust like
the ones I’ve mentioned use them and that takes me on to tip number… 4… which is keep a record of everything you learn especially in the early days record everything you learn whether it’s in a notebook or on a piece of paper,
or in a word document, or on a flashcard app like Flashcards++ or cram.com chegg Tinycards Duolingo… I think Tinycards is
(part of) the Duolingo app there’re lots of of different apps,
choose whichever one you want I don’t have relationships with any of
these particular apps I’ve used Flashcards++ and I’ve used
Tinycards, and I’ve used cram.com they’re all a little bit different they all
have their good points and bad points but keep a record of what you learn you need to be tracking your progress if you learn 30 words in a day that’s fantastic but if you don’t write them down,
if you don’t keep a log, then revisit those 30 words a few days later you won’t know that you ever learned them because you’ll have forgotten them
by the time you see them again you’ll think, “oh, looks familiar,
but I can’t remember what it was’ to remember a word, to remember
a piece of vocabulary, you need to be exposed to that word through seeing it, hearing it, reading it, writing it 10-15 times, depends who you are if you’re really, really, really smart, some people
can just look at it and remember it instantly if you make another connection with it by linking it with
something, then of course you remember it quicker but generally, you need to be seeing these words..
these new words that you learn, several, several times and in the early days of learning vocab, is really the key just learn vocab once you’ve got 1,000 words in your head once you know 1,000 words,
then you can start putting them together and you can start to make sentences with them and actually start speaking Arabic Tip 5: is an important one there’s only so far you can go in learning Arabic with
YouTube videos and flashcards now that level is pretty far but there’s going to become a stage
where you want to develop your fluency now I’ve lived in the Middle East,
I’ve been surrounded by Arabic people everywhere, I’ve taught in schools…
Arabic speaking schools in the Gulf and… I can speak… I can honestly say, there’s
nothing quite like the immersion you get being in that environment
in learning a new language however, there is a very, very, very good alternative and that is to sign up with an online Arabic teacher you meet for an hour a week, 2 hours a week,
an hour a month… whatever you want and… just have a chat and
get their native speaker advice advice from a native speaker is invaluable the site I recommend is italki and it’s an amazing sight…
I’ve tried some of the other competitors as well there’s a few different ones,
but italki is honestly the best and there’s a link in my description about that,
and a link in my comments as well I do have a relationship with them as well so if you do go through the italki link then you’ll be supporting my channel as well and they are honestly, a really, really, good site,
so modern, you can find a guy out in Egypt who’s got a degree in Arabic, a degree in English,
a degree in this… a degree in that fantastic, lovely, friendly people and the prices are extremely reasonable so I really, really, really recommend you to
check out italki and try it just experiment with it, see how you get one and then
let me know… let me know as well in addition to having a native
Arabic speaker online Arabic teacher then if you want to be able to ask me tips…
for tips and advice from the perspective of someone
who’s an English native speaker who has learned it and gone
through all of theses processes then you can do that as well the best way to do that is for
you to join my Patreon page and that’s a way where you can contact me,
you can ask me for help I will literally be your on call guide to give
you tips and help with English or Arabic probably Arabic if you’re watching this but I know a lot of my audience as well are Arabs so if you want English help, or Arabic help you can join my Patreon page at and just go there, see my page that explains everything… what it’s about and that’s my final tip so those are my 5 tips on how to learn Arabic I really hope they are helpful to you and I hope they make your
language learning journey more rapid more smooth, faster, smoother, and more enjoyable thank you for watching this video I appreciate you being here.
I’ll put more videos up there and there and I will see you again very soon

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