Monday, November 9, 2020

Arabic: Help and Requests

Lots of stuff is happening in this chapter! So excited to start learning different tenses and how to form sentences that are longer and more in depth. It really is exciting and will help us understand potential conversations easier in the future. 

In addition to the new grammar we learn more vocabulary around 'help' scenarios. If an emergency comes up, we will be able to communicate it and get the appropriate help. That is essential vocabulary, but isn't something we will learn every day.

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Remember the 80% rule (moving on when you are comfortable with 80% of the vocabulary), and try to move through the chapter. Don't get hung up on certain words because there is a chance these won't be things we use in our everyday vocabulary. 

It may seem counter intuitive, but how often do you use the words like: tooth or medicine in every day life. Yes we know them easily in English, but remember you are just starting out in learning Arabic. Be kind to yourself and be ok that you might not remember the word for tooth all the time. As you continue to learn these words will become cemented in your memory, but for now learn with grace. 


With learning this new grammar, we also get an idea of how far we have to go still. There is still an extreme amount of vocabulary that needs to be learned and even more grammar! So hang in there and we will get through this together. 

  • Mango has great review features at the end of each section including a reading and listening exercise. Also check out the flashcard and recap option!
  • All the vocab words are on my Memrise page. 
  • Check out my chapter summary and vocab list!
  • If you are wanting more information about the past tense and the different suffixes for each person, check out this read by Team Maha.
  • Songs to help train your ear. Note: it is far too early in your learning to understand a song completely. The point is to familiarize yourself with the different sounds commonly used in Arabic and to keep an ear out for the words you have learned.
    • Listen to my Levantine Arabic Spotify list as you work and see what you pick up. 
    • This Nancy Ajram song is extremely popular and fairly easy to follow. This is especially true with the new vocabulary we learn in this chapter like heart and left. See if you can pick it up!



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