The arabic countries of Africa (Maghreb including Egypt) are not the origin source of arabic...but their dialects have most similiraties because their poeples are african not semitic like iraqian or syrian(somilar dialectes) ....like dialectes (of English) american and canadian..... . Shalom! From maghreb. Maha, a very popular YouTube polyglot originally from Palestine and now living in Italy (fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, Italian and English) has put together some very good videos aimed at beginners that have attracted a huge following. Why should i care what the people say, they have their brains, i have mine, we're not the same.And could the writer please use the hamzah when it is necessary? I had no issues with the right to left. Very enlightening. Same goes with Arabic. For all dialects of Arabic, pronunciation is difficult for English speakers, as many consonants are formed at the back of the mouth. I can only shake my head when people proudly announce that their native language is the most difficult in the world. Widely spoken which makes it more diverse. I have a German friend who studied Tigrinya previously and now does MSA. I think that was a completely bogus piece of research with a racist agenda. ALL Maghreb dialects (including Chadian and Maltese!) If i already know Hebrew fluently, how hard would it be to learn (spoken) Arabic? The Arabic script, which rests on "implied vowels" simply makes it impossible for me to read in any language that uses it that I don't know. Very cool, and thank you, because I've wanted to learn Arabic for a long time and had thought (well, maybe, but I'm going to wait until I've learned a few others because I've heard how hard it is so it'll take forever to learn). All my friends were English and Chinese speakers, and my Chinese improved while living in Japan! I meant to ask if you know of a dyslexic whose language is read from left to right doing well with writing in languages using Arabic script or the Hebrew language? Hebrew is a member of the Semitic languages originating from the Middle East. Rapid Arabic for Modern Standard Arabic. But sometimes frustrating because the rythm was so slow... one hour a week lesson, and my group wasn't very helpfull.. while i was waiting for learning more and moe things... the rest in the class.. were asking to repeat the last lesson over and over again.. because they never remembered what do we study in the last lesson. B… I want to read the newspapers and watch Al Jazeerah news programs and later, much later, books. All Arabs default to Classical Arabic in a conversation if their dialects are two far from each other, anybody who has been to school understands it and it is really not like Shakespearean English...It is part of everyday life. I’ve also shared the best available resources for learning various dialects here and here as well as the awesome audio content in Rocket Arabic (see my review here) for spoken Egyptian. Also, I know no Arabs, so I have no chance to speak with a real live Arab at present. Just break down the word and that's it. I'm learning Modern Standard Arabic, because I was told (by lots of people) that I should learn that first and then pick up dialects if I plan to go to, say, Egypt. Rather than reproduce the list, there’s a really good list here of Arabic loanwords in the English language. (I was using Al-Madinah book in class) so I looked over book 1, then i studied by myself book 2.. Now I'm working on a book called "Al-arabiya baina yadaik" it's a bit classical.. but more modern than Madinah for sure.. anyway, classical arabic is not my goal. Here’s one of her videos on pronunciation: Finally, there are quite a lot of loanwords in the English language and if you know other languages that have had a lot of contact with the Arab world then chances are there are plenty of loanwords there as well. I did one course on fus7a when I was a beginner and I just gave it up because as you say, it was taught incorrectly and even Arab students hated the class. Very few guessed Australia but most said they found our Australian accents easier to understand than a harsh american accent or an english accent. There are 500 words for "Lion" and 200 for "snake". Speaking MSA to each other in public would sound odd and uncomfortable. that is what makes amharic easy. For starters, I'm a native Arabic speaker. The grammar is very complicated. Hope this gives some insight for anyone contemplating learning Amharic! Before you do anything, it’s really important that you work out what your goals are for a language like Arabic or Hebrew. I have taken 2 years of Moroccan Darija classes and am in the third year of Standard Arabic. I think the same comparing english to others language :his siimpliciy But english suffers like arabic from their pronunciaton....... good day..... One of the things which attracted me to Arabic and Hebrew were those granular, explosive consonants - and in the case of Hebrew- the pure vowels, like Italian or Spanish. So how hard is it for an Arabic speaker to learn Hebrew? In the same way you’d learn Chinese tones or the French guttural R, you just need to listen and practice over and over. It's quite misleading to give people the impression that studying Arabic without previous exposure to or semitic languages is anything but a highly-challenging lifetime commitment, and that few who set out reach fluency in reality. but Arabic is my obssesion... unfortunately here in my country there's no arabic courses, no arabic teachers, no arabic people... so there's no way to learn it. Arabic is a language like any other, and if students were encouraged to really use it for communication (either through immersion or other pedagogical tools), I think we could learn it faster. The Geez alphabet has a big advantage though and that is that you can really read all the words after you know it, unlike the arabic script where vowels are not really written. The only reason I learned it is because it is my native language and since I learned it as it's own language. I am from Ramallah city in Palestine. But what does that even mean? On formality levels : a simple way of understanding it is that you change the ending of a verb depending on who you’re speaking to and the tone you want to convey. I had been freaked out by the script and grammar before I read this post but not anymore. no Ethiopian man {those who speak Amharic as first language } say " i do not understand you " " what did you say " when foreigners talk to him. I assumed I would be learning a completely alien language, but I obviously was wrong. I have to admit that my problems with Arabic is syntax. I don't know if I'm doing well or not, but I'm just dropping all vocal endings, because I think when people rarely uses MSA, thet don't use nounation. Thanks for your comment. Even just a basic knowledge or awareness of various forms can enable you to take pretty accurate guesses at the meaning: For example, let’s say you know that F-T-H (فتح) means “to open” and you know that putting a mim (letter M) at the beginning of a word with a long vowel on the last syllable turns it into an instrumental noun. Arabic is unequivocally one of the hardest languages for Westerners. I am confident to say I have learned a great deal in this extremely short period of time. I am leul a native Amharic speaker, a decent English speaker(B2-C1 level) and a beginner in Spanish and Korean. Going from Arabic -> Hebrew, Hebrew -> Arabic or Dialect -> Standard is also very easy as most of the work is already done with shared vocabulary as well as the common grammar. This means that if you pick up conversational Arabic in Tunisia, it might still be tough to be understood in Kuwait. Being an arabic native, I would recommend learning Modern Arabic or Classical Arabic two names for the same thing. Well, learning Amharic isn't hard if you have already learned to speak it but most people jump into a new language by learning to read and write at the same time causing many problems. Let he who doesnt know much say not a thing about it. It's similar to Modern Standard but not the same. Please If I'm wrong let me know! I wonder if someone with dyslexia should shy away from Hebrew or languages using Arabic script because he/she could have trouble reading from right to left. Sight reading (which I think is what dialectics do best) is easier in Hebrew without the vowels. When I try to say things link, "I want you to come with me," I get tongue-tied. You've almost convinced me to start learning Arabic soon. Additionally, we also offer free language lessons for the most popular languages and a Top 10 language app overview with all currently available professional language products on the market with reviews by us and our readers. The way the grammar's taught just overwhelms people. It is much harder to remember the vocabulary in Arabic, for the reasons you state, than in the other (European languages) that I have learned. After this particular study time you will reach “Speaking 3: General Professional Proficiency in Speaking (S3)” and “Reading 3: General Professional Proficiency in Reading (R3)”. Fingers crossed! Those people tend not to have an Arab identity at all and see themselves as Phoenicians, which does influence their mindset on language and culture. Anyway, it seems useless to study all the grammar if oral practice is not included. I have had a few false starts learning Arabic and, as a languages teacher, found this discouraging. This linguistic phenomenon exists today only in Hebrew and Arabic. If you are never required to productively use it even in the classroom, of course you will feel that you don't know it and aren't making any progress. The romance languages like Italian, French, Spanish are fairly easy to learn for an English speaker because they're fairly similar. It’s not always this easy but very often it is and it makes vocabulary so much easier to learn in comparison to other languages. Certainly Semitic languages are more difficult for European people for several factors like different shapes of letters and for the guttural letters. Plus formal amharic is nearly the same as colloquial amharic. Should I try to "discover" what type of Arabic he's speaking about? The roots are extremely helpful in understanding conversation through context as well. There certainly is an expectation on students to master the intricacies of Arabic which I think is because of the 'sacredness' of the language to most Arabs, especially with Classical Arabic courses. Despite what some scientists say, neither of them are overly difficult to read. How about Tamil ? Visit my Essential Language Learning Tools page for resources to help you learn Arabic or Hebrew. If it's possible to mix MSA and dialect when I'm speaking??? The thing I would recommend for new learners is that 'Learn the letters'. Gee, I wonder why, haha. And some dialects in the mashreq have words like "shloonich" (how are you? I believe the UN rightfully estimated that learning Arabic takes a good four times as long as learning a romance language (for English speakers). Even when they don't speak it fluently for lack of practice they can use it with some effort when talking to you. If you’re reading an Arabic or Hebrew article you can at least recognize dozens of stems and take a good shot at guessing the meaning of certain words. Also, I completely have to disagree on the use of the Egyptian dialect. Right now I need to learn Arabic to read the Quran. I didn't read all the way through, but wil come back to it. Is Modern Hebrew Easy to Learn for Arabic Speakers? Unlike in most European languages, words are written from right to left. (Where you are given the list of languages, to enter Amharic, you need to scroll down to the bottom of the list to where it says "Other", select that, then type in "Amharic". ", The definite articles (ال) and (ה) are indeclinable, meaning they can be applied to masculine or feminine nouns and don’t change for different cases, A lot of the more intricate details of grammar (e.g. But i have to mention you are making arabic way too easy and it is not true. As you're fluent in both English and Amharic, could you consider applying for either an "English for Amharic speakers" or an "Amharic for English speakers" course here? The pronunciation of Hebrew and Arabic is hard and it is not as easy as you say to learn the mew consonants, and the vowels (a e i u o) are not pronounced the same as they are pronounced in many European languages. Business leaders and Arabic speakers among those looking to learn one of the world's oldest languages A young woman reads Hebrew text. There is a lack of resources currently, which sucks. Like all languages, it just takes time and practice to start producing it properly. I cannot tell since I did not learn enough of MSA to compare. Hebrew is one of the many languages, including Arabic and Syriac, … Only onle Oldest language till now people speaking.. Hindi is very recent language in india but the Tamil has its own grammar, which is no one can compete with, the only language survive in the modern era with the new innovated words. I have found that the Lebanese tend to run all of the consonants much more closely together and leave out most of the vowel sounds. This is interesting, because both Arabic and Hebrew are similar in the fact that they are both Semitic languages, and there are some similar words between MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) and Hebrew. So people can conjugate these insane verbs, but when asked to say "I want a glass of water," they choke up, get nervous and say something incomprehensible. In Hebrew, a lot of the core basic vocabulary comes from the Bible or the Babylonian Talmud. Why is… And apart from morrocan and algerian who are heavily influenced by amazigh, french and some spanish all other arabics dialects are easy to understand if you know Modern arabic. But you'll obviously need to know the symbols..and they're not hard. The supposed difficulty of Vietnam's official language is a point of national pride amongst its 90 million inhabitants, and locals are happy to tell you “tiếng Việt khó!” (Vietnamese is hard) at every possible opportunity.. And I guess that makes it a bit intimidating for learners according to my portugese speaking friends. Thanks for the response! morteza :My mother language is Persian and I have to say we have the hardest language in the world because lots of slangs is invented every day and we even can’t recognize the other cities speakers accent And I think this text has been written from an western man vision Because Turkish and Arabic is so easy for us and my opinion is exactly against the writer from my vision. Another major concern for people wanting to study Arabic or Hebrew are the scripts/alphabets. We’re going to give you the full extensive list below. Only a handful are used in Modern Arabic. If your neighbour originates from a Christian neighbourhood in the North of Lebanon, he may also add different words taken from Amaraic, which was widely spoken there. If you study Levantine, Saudis will understand you. You’ll also find some great listening comprehension resources for Arabic here. aren’t really a concern for anyone wanting to study, Verb forms in both languages are best learned as words in context, rather than trying to learn and apply grammar rules. Gorgeous girl :). He's not a teacher, I will learn Arabic most by myself, but it would be cool to have clues, tips, from him. Learning a few suffixes is all that’s really necessary to understand noun possession and direct objects in verbs (e.g. it's the base,it will be easy from that,to imitate whatever dialect you want,the most understood ones are the Egyptian and Syrian,because simply they are the leaders in making series,so people get to understand them with time. I do speak tigrigna ( Eritrean) and amharic( Ethiopia) It's not that difficult to learn Arabic specially if you can speak tigrigna.I have a lot of friends who speakes Arabic and I can understand them what they say but I can't speak it.Tigrigna and Arabic are 20% similar.Specially.....To boy -KaTo girl-KiTo many people- KumThat's so awesome.I'm glad I speak tigrigna. And bah,on the other hand ,many people say and think Spanish is very easy to learn ,and at the same time,their grammar is not correct,and they make a lot of grammatical mistakes. I finally could say that I speak it in a good level). We watch and listen to Egyptian and Syrian and Jurdanian and Levantine and Gulf (Kwait, Saudi, Iraqi, Qatari) drama and songs and poetry and jokes without any special effort to understand and enjoy them, the very same as we do with the Yemeni Arabic dialect. Classical Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic are almost exactly the same. I, too, am on the Arabic adventure (moghamara!, one of my favorite words in Arabic, hehe)...and I find that one of the biggest impediments is the teaching method, which I am beginning to suspect is a worldwide Arabic teaching problem. It's not a very big deal to speak MSA or a combination of both, especially that it's not your native tongue But if you want to learn a dialect i strongly advice you to learn Levantine, it's the closest you would get to MSA, and it's the most understood and most loved dialect in the Arab world, the only problem is, that there isn't much sources to learn i think I am currently learning Spanish, and i got to say, it's easy, and Arabic is much closer to Spanish than it's to English, and it have lots of Arabic words(Arroz, pants, camissa, etc) and it rules are also a little bit close. Right now Tigrinya is the language I am strongest even though I think it is the hardest for a native English or German (what I am) speaker. it’s has everything. Reading in the mirror helps him immensely, which is so fascinating to me. One bad news for amharic learners..lack of material! I reviewed its content here. Also make sure to read this post I wrote on 5 books that you absolutely should own if you’re learning Arabic. Fear-mongering novice learners try to frighten other would-be learners by describing Arabic as extraordinarily difficult, and the Foreign Service Institute places it in its fifth and most difficult category, with Hebrew and Amharic in its fourth. Today, after reading this article, I put Arabic back on my language wish list! There are some 2 and 4 letter stems too but most have 3. https://www.fluentu.com/blog/hardest-languages-to-learn-for-english-speakers For English speakers it is very difficult. Tamil is a Dravidian language, which would be significantly less difficult to learn for speakers of languages from the same family. Turkish for example is full of Arabic words. What’s an instrument used to open things? Defnitly arabic is very difficult to pronounce. The researchers found that, on average, Arabic speakers need seven seconds longer than Hebrew speakers to read 200 words aloud, while reading a 200-word text silently takes them about 16 seconds longer. Never use latin to write Amharic 'it is the worst thing you can ever do'. There is also a lot of vocabulary crossover, too, … If you just want to learn conversational Arabic, then start out with a dialect and forget MSA for a while. And, erm, Wales and Scotland are both in Britain. Israeli research had concluded that (and I'm paraphrasing here because I cannot fully remember the article or find it), unlike English and Hebrew, Arabic is read with the right side of the brain which is the side more dominant in those with dyslexia. If you study Iraqi, Egyptians will understand you. As a Peace Corps Volunteer we were given language training, but even the Amharic teachers struggled to find ways to explain what they were teaching. Both of these languages have very exotic-looking writing, written from right to left, and this intimidates people. If you speak Mahgrebi Arabic in the Middle East, you won't be understood. Hebrew Reads from Right to Left. While I do not speak Amharic I do speak Tigrinya, a language which, like Amharic, uses Ge'ez script, and though I can't gauge the difficulty of learning Tigrinya (I grew up with my parnts speaking it to me), I did learn to read Ge'ez when I was sixteen and, being literate in Arabic, I can say with confidence that Ge'ez is the easier of the two. For me, all of that paled in comparison to just learning vocabulary. If you want to be a writer, journalist, or grammar professor then you should learn the right forms. Therefore, although Arabic may be more confusing for a dyslexic person who already struggles with English, a dyslexic child may find it easier to learn to write in Arabic than to learn to write in English. The only Arabic dialect that is not as easy to us in Yemen as the other dialects is the Moroccan one, but we can communicate with Moroccans using the Egyptian dialect or the standard Arabic. One thing this entire article overlooks in regards to Arabic is the concept of Nahu. This is true for all languages but for these in particular it depends on whether you want to learn the classical variety of Hebrew or Arabic for academic or religious reasons (e.g. Of course i Had teh motivation of going to the International Criminal Court and It is an important language to learn in relation to the Darfur conflict(which i and the ICC call genocide) Once I began to understand the patterns of the three core letters It was easy. Arabic despite teh hype of it being difficult I learned quite quickly. I love the way Palestinians speak Arabic! Meriem-- First of all, MSA and Classical Arabic are not the same thing. The darkest countries on the map represent Category 4 languages, those that take the longest for Americans to learn: Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. You have mentioned only the easy things about the Semitic languages grammar and not the difficult things about it, such as "buildings" (בניינים), ganders, name of number, and Hebrew is not a phonetic language - many words aren't written as they sound, and in Herbrew there are two writing systems: formal and hand - writing (דפוס, כתב). I believe it was about 2100 hours estimated time in a classroom only to get to a 3 on a 5 point scale of Moderb Standard Arabic only. Thanks for this very much. The explosive p, t, and s are not that hard to learn, but many people don't take the time to learn them or struggle with them. but when it comes to write you must write it well otherwise none can read it. I've been living in Ethiopia for a year and a half now, and I must say (at least for me) Amharic has definitely been more of a challenge. The article cited related to 'Arabic is hard for the brain to read' was flawed. I would argue that those people fail for other reasons (motivation, time, methodology, etc.). the best thing in Amharic is no matter how your dialect is ugly the locals love it and understand it well. But, maybe since I am a native speaker I don't think I have the right to say this, so I will only state facts about my language. "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. ), etc. The worlds are shorter than in English. After of it, the teacher didn't give more lessons.. iso I stopped my studies. This relates to the geographic location of Palestine which is in the middle of the Arab world. As for vocabulary I haven't really ever thought of Arabic vocab as tremendously difficult, but in saying that it's the first foreign language that I ever learned (apart from Mandarin in school) so I didn't get to start with an easy Romance language full of similar-looking, similar-sounding cognates. This has meant that a lot of the old Hebrew … Or is standard Arabic much like Shakespearean English compared to modern English? Stop kidding yourselves people, and stop embarrassing yourselves with pronouncements of self-ascribed brilliance simply because you have a mother tongue. The same rules applies for Latin (thiugh it is a "dead" language not spoken today ....we need to go in Italia .... good day......... "we needs to go in Britain not in Wales o Scotland" <- LOL. 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