At Foreigncy, we believe that language learning is a lifelong trade. Like any real skill, mastering Arabic must be approached the same way you approach any form of training, whether its physical or mental. Foreigncy’s daily Arabic sets give you the framework and tools to dramatically improve your Arabic language level, but when all is said and done, you have to be the one to take the leap to commit to improving your skills on a daily basis. Below are 6 steps you can implement to fully utilize our Arabic sets to take your skills to the next level. Lets get started.
Step I: Drill the Flashcards
First, we recommend that you thoroughly drill the prepared Arabic flashcards. Be sure to study the cards with Arabic on front – English on back and vice versa. Remember, you can star any card you don’t know, and come back to it at the end of the set. You can also save an Arabic word to your Personal Profile page so that you can come back and study it later if it was giving you some trouble. A key element of this drill is to utilize the audio button to hear the proper Arabic pronunciation. Learning to recognize the word in an Arabic newspaper is all well and good, but if you can’t understand the word when its spoken or properly pronounce it then you are doing yourself a disservice. Next, hit our Shuffle button to mix things up. Anyone can get in a rhythm, the key is to be able to fire off the words when they come at you unexpectedly. Lastly, utilize our Click & Match vocabulary drill below the flashcards. See how well you are at improving your vocabulary recognition response times.
Step II: Watch the Arabic news clip
Now that you have mastered the Arabic flashcards and know their proper pronunciations, its time to watch the Arabic news clip that accompanies most sets. Harnessing your Arabic listening skills is a critical and often overlooked aspect of Arabic language learning. If you hope to pass any government or professional Arabic proficiency exam, you must be able to fully understand Arabic news clips and the language when it is spoken to you without missing a beat. Just like learning vocabulary, enhancing your listening skills is all about repetition. Listen to the Arabic news clip at least three times. If the speaker is too fast, the YouTube clips we use have a great tool to slow down the audio if you click the settings. Do not get discouraged if you can’t completely understand what is being said the first few times. It’s all part of the process. The more you listen and the more you drill the cards, the more you will start to recognize words in the clip.
Step III::Read the article
Next step is to read the Arabic article. All of your flashcard drills and listening exercises have brought you to this point. Now its time to see how well you really learned the words and truly assess where your language level stands. A lot of people who have studied Arabic in college slap it on their resumes and claim they’re fluent, but if you put an intermediate level article in front of them, they can’t get through the headline. You don’t want to be that person.
Take your time with the article. Reading, just like listening and speaking, is a skill all by itself. Remember, this is daily practice. You are not expected to stroll through the article on your first try, but you can be sure that after completing the vocabulary and listening exercises you will make considerable progress reading the article. By the end of the week, you will be amazed at how much you have improved.
Step IV: Write down the vocabulary
For this next step, I recommend that you order any $5 spiral notebook off of Amazon to be your designated Arabic journal. On the right side of the page, write down all of the Arabic flashcard vocabulary and draw a box around it. Remember, by clicking our Download Vocab List button you can get a PDF print out of the vocabulary so you don’t have to click through each card. To the left of your vocabulary list is where you will write your summary of the article or random sentences using the vocabulary, which brings us to our next step.
Step V: Write
Writing Arabic is the next best thing you can do to improve your speaking skills without doling out $50 an hour for a tutoring session. Writing Arabic is an active form of language learning similar to speaking. By writing, you force you brain to think of the words you need for a particular sentence that can come in any form or context. While you have more time to think of words when you write, you are still exercising the same muscle that will dramatically improve your speaking skills.
While writing your summary or sentences, check off each word in your word bank on the right as you use it.
Step VI: Discuss
The last and final step to completely close out the training cycle is to practice your speaking skills using the entire Arabic set as a framework. This is not something you have to do daily, because we all know it can be expensive. That being said, it is an exercise you can do once a week with a tutor or during your teacher’s office hours. Go over the vocabulary, news clip, article, and your summary together. Open yourself up to criticism and have your tutor or teacher correct your mistakes, it’s a critical step to make true progress.
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