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Arabic Learners Do you think Arabic is a hard Language to learn? why ?
Aug 27, 2016 4:05 PM
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I think the hardest parts are knowing how to pronounce words without the help of diacritics, because sometimes I just have to guess, as well as the actual pronunciation itself because there are a lot of sounds that don't exist in English or the romance languages.I really like the three-letter root that makes up a lot of words in Arabic because you can guess the meaning of words by looking at the root. I speak spanish and I thought it would help me a lot with learning Arabic, but I've found that most of the words are nothing like English or Spanish, but this actually turned out to be a good thing because I learned how to memorize words in an entirely different way: I hear the Arabic word and then I associate it with a concept in English that the Arabic word sounds like. They always end up being really random, but I always remember them so I guess it works! for example, شباك (shubbak) means window, and there's a window in my room but the curtain doesn't block the light very well, so in the morning when the sun is shining in through the window, I turn over and "show my back" (which sounds like shubbak) to the window so I can go back to sleep without the sun shining in my eyes :)
August 27, 2016
Because of many dialects and because standard Arabic is not spoken anywhere, so to be able to communicate in both writing and speaking, in both formal and informal situations, one has to learn standard Arabic as well as at least one of the dialects, so 2+ languages instead of one.
August 27, 2016

I agree with Katerina about the diglossia of Arabic.

Choosing between a British accent and an American accent doesn't compare to a learner of Arabic having to learn a spoken dialect in addition to Modern Standard.  Arab nationals studying English literature complain about having to read Shakespeare.  Welcome to our world.  Except learners of English aren't expected to know Shakespearean English, whereas students of Arabic are expected to know MSA.

Lizzy's point about lack of diacritics in texts and Saqib's comment about the huge vocabulary are also valid  points about the difficulty in learning Arabic.

I would also add that a lack of resources in learning Arabic dialects adds to the difficulty, combined with a reluctance on the part of native speakers to speak Arabic with foreigners if they know English.  

August 28, 2016
The hard part of it is that it has a lot more vocabulary then most languages that I have studied in the past. However, I overall I do not think it's a hard language.  It just requires more effort than most.
August 27, 2016
Because of the alphabet
August 27, 2016
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