Learning a new language such as Arabic can be a bit hard. Most people take a lot of classes and read fat textbooks in order to learn but in the end they find they haven’t made a lot of progress. But many of these people never touch the language they are learning outside of class and textbooks. This makes learning more hard. Here are some tips and tricks which will help you in learning Arabic or any other foreign language.
Setting a goal, working towards it and making mistakes along the way:
Setting a goal will make it easier to track your progress. If you don’t have a clear goal for learning, you might easily get lost and lose track of the progress you are making. If your goal is being able to have conversation, then try having conversations from day one. If your goal is to read literature, try reading from day one. Start working towards your goal from day one and don’t wait until you have reached a certain level, start from day one. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, when you learnt your first language as a child you started by saying words and then sentences, and of course you made a lot of mistakes; you probably didn’t even pronounce the words correctly at first. So it’s completely normal to make mistakes while learning a new language.
Surrounding yourself with the language:
As mentioned before, just taking classes and reading textbooks will not give you a lot of progress. You don’t use your mother language in a set and limited period of time, you use it all the time whether you are reading something, talking to somebody or just thinking. That’s why, if you’re learning a new language surrounding yourself with it will accelerate your learning progress. The easiest way to surround yourself with a language is to travel to a place where it’s spoken. Unfortunately, many people can’t do that. But don’t worry if you can’t there are other way in which you can surround yourself with your new language. What you can do is bring the language to your everyday life. You can do this by changing your phone’s language to the language you’re learning. Don’t limit this to your phone only, change the language of any device you own to your target language. This will make your brain adapt and get used to the language.
Thinking in your new language
Try thinking in the language you’re learning. It might sound like something stupid and discomforting but in fact, it will actually help you review the vocabulary and grammatical patterns that you’re learning. This, in turn, will speed-up the passive-to-active vocabulary transition.
Written by: Osama Waheib