Like every language, Arabic presents certain challenges! First of all, certain aspects of the pronunciation are quite tricky. As you’ve probably noticed, Arabic has a lot of sounds produced quite far down into the throat. It takes a while to get used to these. On the other hand, there are just three basic vowel sounds, “a”, “i” and “u” – so that’s not hard at all!
- The vocabulary of Arabic is formed in a quite remarkable way. Very often words are formed out of certain core sounds or roots. So the sounds represented by our letters “k”, “t” and “b” are found in a variety of words which are to do with the idea of writing. By adding different bits to these sounds, words with all sorts of related meanings are created to refer, for example, to “dictate”, “book”, “desk” and many more.
- The grammar of Arabic is really quite unlike that of English or any other language which you may have learnt. Go into it with an open mind and wait to see what you discover! Do rest assured that, at lower levels, we try in our Arabic courses to avoid complicated grammar as far as possible.
- Arabic is written in its own script. As you may know, it’s written from right to left, and it has a beautiful, elegant, cursive form. There are 28 basic letters representing specific sounds, but the form which the letter takes varies depending on where it appears in a word. It does take a while to get used to the alphabet.
- It is possible to represent the sounds of Arabic using our Latin alphabet. A number of different systems are in use.
- It’s worth noting that, although we often refer to our numbers as “Arabic numerals”, in fact Arabs use different symbols to represent numbers! They’re not hard to learn.
At Euroasia, we really encourage you to speak Arabic, right from the first lesson. The basics are not that hard!
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