Arabic between your hands

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  1. abu hamzah

    abu hamzah Active Member

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  2. Unbeknown

    Unbeknown Senior Moderator

    Polyglot: How I Learn Languages - by Kato Lomb (sometimes one runs into PDFs via search).

    Her language learning method and principles

    Another summary.

    I recently stumbled across this bit of history and was surprised to find in it an echo of my own experience.

    Just going by the summary, this is very similar to how I learned to understand Arabic - quite unconsiously. I'd rate myself as passable or 3 on a 10-point scale (0 grammar, ahem).

    Long ago, I had written a lengthy description of the process on another forums. Since it was unintentional, it naturally took a long time. The day I realized that I could actually understand what the najdi khatib was saying in his eid speech in the haram shareef - I was pleasantly surprised.

    My first encounter with Arabic wasn't via some novel but a translation of the Qur'an.

    If it helps ...
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  3. barelwi

    barelwi New Member

    With regards to advising students starting out, what should they be aiming to memorise? Eventually most things get committed to memory but what aspects must a student sit down and hard-memorise?
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  4. Noori

    Noori Senior Moderator

    Read Sarf, Nahw, and Balagha books taught in dars e nizam, read Quran al Karim and ahadith with the application of sarf and nahw (nahwi and sarfi ijraa'), also try to read other Arabic books, as much as you can, on aqidah, fiqh, Usul al fiqh etc., in short, you need to read, read, and read a lot.

    you will improve vocabs over time by reading more and more; few tips though;
    (i) Use mobile apps, such as almaany, to quickly look up words, save them to favorites, and review the favorites at random every day for a few minutes.
    (ii) Maintain an MS Excel or Google Sheet of the new vocabs you come across while you read books, go over this list for a few minutes regularly.
    (iii) Do not hesitate to write meanings on the margins of hard books
    (iv) take screenshots of pdf you read for new vocabs, mark the vocabs, and review them every now and them
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  5. barelwi

    barelwi New Member

    what are the different ways in which one can progress to advanced?
  6. Surati

    Surati Well-Known Member

    Make vocab cards. If you have time, laminate them. If not use thick paper.
    Writing the plural of the word (in a different colour) on the flip side really helps.
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  7. Khanah

    Khanah Veteran

    Can any posters provide insight into how they managed with learning vocab? Would you allocate an hour a day to revision, for example, or would you use different strategies?

    The grammar is the easy part for me but the sheer amount of vocab that I need to learn is daunting.
  8. Noori

    Noori Senior Moderator

    good enough for beginners or intermediate level, but definitely not for advanced level students.
  9. abu hamzah

    abu hamzah Active Member

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  11. Khanah

    Khanah Veteran

    If someone was to complete either curriculum with a teacher, what kind of level would they reach?

    Anything in particular you prefer about the Madinah series, brother?
  12. Noori

    Noori Senior Moderator

    it is good, but the Madinah books are the best.
  13. Khanah

    Khanah Veteran

    Has anyone used this series in order to learn Modern Standard Arabic? Any reviews?

    Better or worse than other series such as the Madina Series?

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