The busy GCSE Arabic season is now over for another year so we shall be taking applications for GCSE Arabic tuition at home or online.
We cover all areas of the UK online and may be able to get a tutor to visit you, depending on your location.
Some reasons to learn Arabic
Arabic is the fourth/fifth most spoken language in the world. There are many countries that speak Arabic as a first language. One of the first things that a person does when he or she becomes a Muslim is to learn some basic Arabic words and chapters of the Quran. Arabic is also the language of many Christians in the Middle East who are very proud of their language.
Why would anyone learn Arabic?
- It is a scientific language.
- It is a spiritual language.
- It is one of the top languages to learn in political and economic circles.
- Its letters are clear, unlike many other languages where various letters can have different sounds and pronunciations.
- It is a language whose learners increase every time someone becomes Muslim…and we all know how many people are becoming Muslims, despite the negative media stereotypes and shocking stories.
- It is a language not just of Arabs or for Arabs, as the Arabic language has been made international…it is now open for anyone to learn.
- There are obviously many jobs a person can get if they can speak Arabic such as within Journalism, travel companies, NGO’s, charitable organisations and aid agencies, translation and interpretation, teaching, spy agencies and secret services, financial institutes working and meeting with those rich Arabs etc etc etc.
- For social reasons…maybe you have a Muslim friend or know someone who is Arab or speaks Arabic.
- It is a language that has been around for some 2000 years. It has classical, modern and colloquial versions of it.
- And last but not least it is the language of one of the most popular and widely read books ever. The language of a book that is controversial but attracts so many people of all backgrounds and cultures. It is the language of the Holy Quran.
There are many Arabic words used in other languages like English, you may even speak words of Arabic origin without even realising.
The busy GCSE Arabic season is now
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Study GCSE Arabic or Pre-GCSE Arabic.
The GCSE Arabic course is ideally suited to students with 100-150 hours of previous Arabic study. If you have previous knowledge of Arabic, whether Quranic or general contact with the language, you may be prepared enough to continue Arabic at GCSE level. This level may not suit some beginners. This course when studied in UK schools would usually take 2 years, studying approximately two to three hours a week. Unlike European languages, Arabic uses letters and sounds not found in these languages, as well as a writing system that operates right to left.
If you are not ready for GCSE start with the pre-GCSE level of study.
Study online or start an Arabic club at home.
Unit 1. (5AR01) Listening and Understanding in Arabic.
Unit 2. (5AR02) Speaking in Arabic, (This is usually the first paper to be taken).
Unit 3. (5AR03) Reading and Understanding in Arabic.
Unit 4. (5AR04) Writing in Arabic. (Usually the last paper).
The Two Themes:
1) Media, travel and culture.
2) Sport, leisure and work.
Tips for learning Arabic
- Vocab lists are ok but slow, learning phrases and sentences is much better.
- Listen to audios of Arabic speakers in the target area that you wish to learn. So if you want to learn Modern Arabic listen to the news or documentaries. If you want to learn Classical Arabic listen to the Quran and Tafseer talks.
- Every now and again practice your spoken Arabic with the little you know, until you get regular conversation and used to talking.
- Use all the language skills not just reading.
- You do not have to study complex concepts all the time mix it up sometimes by being exposed to a variety of simpler material, in Fusha Arabic.
- Learning a little daily is better than cramming at the last minute.
- Revise, review, repeat. Whenever possible try to go back over the material you might have already covered no matter how long ago or however recent.
- If you’re having group lessons the smaller the group the better the results. Likewise the larger the group the more distraction or potential for time to be wasted. Try to learn with people who are motivated and consistent.
- Self-study may not work for most people but if you have a 1 to 1 with a tutor this may assist you better than going it alone or being amongst groups.
- There is no big secret to learning it is all about being consistent. If you accept that there will be challenges and that some concepts may take time to understand you are more likely to last longer on your learning path. If you have good reasons for learning Arabic you will have more enjoyable moments.
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