This Arabic Resource Handbook Below
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Each of the below learning paths prescribe a recommended set of tasks, books, courses, etc. to help you put together a study plan. Remember the Break Diver's Creed: No Rules. No Excuses. No Regrets. Go make it happen!
- Find Arabic learning materials in your native language.
- Decide which dialect you will learn. Darija, Gulf, Egyptian, Levantine, Iraqi, or Fosha. Each dialect has different grammar rules and pronunciation, so it is easier if you choose one and focus on it.
- Learn the alphabet! Learn the Arabic characters so that you can read and write.
- Determine where you need the most help: reading, writing, speaking, listening, or all of the above.
- Create a study plan that you can do consistently each week. A little each week is better than trying to do a whole lot every day, and then failing and giving up.
- Visit our 'resources' section for Arabic and review each of the 'beginner' resources.
- At the intermediate stage, you need to start mastering grammar and pronunciation.
- Get ahold of a bunch of grammar workbooks, and get honest feedback from native speakers (with Arabic teaching experience) on your pronunciation. Make it perfect. If no one can understand you, who cares about your perfect grammar, right?
- If you haven't already, start reading novels, newspapers, magazines, mange etc. in Arabic, and same for watching lots of Arabic speaking television and dramas, and listening to lots of Japanese speaking radio. Listen and read weekly. This is especially important if you're studying Fosha.
- It's arduous, but you have to start writing regularly, and on complicated topics. Most importantly, get them corrected!
- Find a bunch of YouTube channels you enjoy watching with lots of speaking in Arabic and subscribe.
- Find practice groups where you can speak with others.
- If you can, go visit an Arabic speaking country, and ideally, go live there for a while.
- Visit our 'resources' section for Arabic and review each of the 'intermediate' resources.
- At this advanced stage, you should by now be a master of the grammar and pronunciation.
- At this stage, you MUST go and live in an Arabic speaking country, even for just a few months.
- Your main focus needs to be increasing your vocabulary. 100% guaranteed you do not have the vocabulary of a fluent native speaker, and that is your mission: to remedy that. You need to put together a weekly vocabulary growth program.
- Make sure you are writing regularly and forcing yourself to use new vocabulary. Note: do not 'guess' in how a word is used. Only use a word if you know for certain that you are using it in the correct way--otherwise, you are just guessing, and probably reinforcing incorrect usage.
- Whatever reading and/or listening and/or watching you were doing from the intermediate level, amplify it. You have to now do three times as much work.
- It's time to start teaching and leading classes and groups in Arabic. You have to find opportunities to speak, debate, and discuss very complicated topics, e.g. economics, space travel, religion, history, mathematics, etc. You must force yourself to expand your horizons in Arabic.
- Be sure to start using Break Diving's Fluency Book. You can find it on the Break Diving Blog.
- Visit our 'resources' section for Arabic and review each of the 'advanced' resources.
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