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Wanting to learn Arabic is a great initiative, but you have to know where to start.

Of course there’s the possibility–and it’s even recommended–to study Arabic in a foreign language class as early as high school, or study it later in college.

You could also attend group classes at a language institute, have a tutor come to your home, or learn Arabic online.

Learning Arabic is often not an easy process. Even learning basic Arabic in an Arabic for beginners class so that you have a conversational level can prove tricky.

It is therefore imperative that when studying Arabic, whether it is an Arabic online course or in Arabic lessons, that you take advantage of all the tools for learning Arabic.

The most principle of these is to always have one thing by your side to help you learn; an Arabic book.

Do you know which books are essential when taking an Arabic language course?

Manarat Alofoq has all the answers.


Why Learn Arabic with Books?

It’s a legitimate question.

Now that we have the internet, social media, and YouTube, why go and buy a book when everything seems to only be a click of the mouse away.

In the modern digital era, the questions stands: what are the best ways to learn Arabic?


When you’re learning Arabic, and are a native anglophone, it’s very important to learn to identify and recognize Arabic sounds.

You have to listen to the language over and over again in order to allow it to seep in.

For this you can use CDs or watch DVDs in order to hear how Arabic sounds, and to see tons videos on the internet and learn Arabic online.

Whatever your choice may be, it’s important to let these Arabic sounds soak in, and to listen to Arabic conversation, laughing, and singing.

Your brain and ears must get used to these new sounds in order to then speak Arabic yourself.

Arabic phonetics are different to English
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In order to study the sounds, you are not only asked to listen to them and copy them, but you have to be able to identify them as they are written, know where to put the accents, understand why certain words do not contain vowels and how to pronounce them.

That’s what the book is for: it’s an excellent companion in order to learn accents and the alphabet, in order to then practice in the comfort of your home.

It will also help you demystify the Arabic language’s negative image.


Another crucial element in order to learn Arabic is vocabulary.

It’s impossible to speak the language and know how to express yourself well without having the minimum amount of vocabulary handy. Vocabulary is the base for learning any foreign language.

With books you’ll be able to learn lists of words organized thematically (daily life, editorial words, travel vocab, asking the time, eating, etc…) but also expressions that will allow you to communicate in Arabic.

One of the main errors that beginners make when they decide to learn a foreign language is to learn dozens of word lists randomly which are out of context.

Certain books dedicated to Arabic language learning allow you to learn words that you can then use immediately in your daily life.

Books are an interesting part of the teaching method of one-on-one tutoring in Arabic.

It’s also by attaching words to their context and repeating them over and over that you are able to memorize them.

In Arabic, much like in any other language, there are 5000 words allowing you to speak about whatever subject you want, but with just 1000 words you are able to understand 80% of what people are saying during a conversation, and you will therefore be able to get by without a problem.

Use books and dictionaries in order to learn thematic vocabulary lists in an intelligent manner. Learn them in their context and practice pronouncing them out loud within a sentence.


Finally, the last essential point when learning a foreign language such as Arabic, and which also requires the use of a book, is grammar.

This may remind you of painful memories at school, but it is a compulsory step you must take in order to learn to read and speak the Arabic language.

Grammar can’t be learned on the fly, or by watching a TV series, through the Arabic language Internet, or listening to podcast or news reports.

Reading in Arabic helps you learn the script
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Grammar requires practice. On the one hand, it is recommended to speak with as many Arabic speakers as possible so that they correct you and you imitate them.

On the other hand, grammar is well explained in grammar books; these books are useful because the logic and structure of the Arabic language has absolutely nothing to do with English grammar.

Some words change places, others lose a vowel, etc.

If you are wondering where to learn Arabic, then use what you have. A good grammar book will help you to become aware of the differences between Arabic and your mother tongue.

While doing so you will also be introduced to Arabic culture, new words, and Arabic phrases!

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Arabic Books for Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced

There is an incredible amount of books dedicated to learning foreign languages, and there are many different techniques and methods to learn Arabic, as well as language guides to learn to speak and read.

Here is a small selection of books and e-books that you can sometimes find on the web for free, or if not on websites such as Amazon or in your favorite bookstore.

Whether you are a beginner or already have an intermediate level and want to deepen your knowledge, there is something for everyone.

Time to make your choice!


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