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How long will it take me to learn Arabic?

This question is often asked by those wanting to learn Arabic or those learning Arabic who think that they might be able to learn Arabic from scratch in 3 months. Yes, you will be able to learn some Arabic in three months but what does learning Arabic mean to you?

Learning Arabic can mean knowing the Alphabets and voweling.

Learning Arabic can mean having the ability to speak colloquial Arabic even if you cant read or write.

Learning Arabic can mean you know how to read modern Arabic but cannot understand classical Arabic.

After much experience and scouring of the internet it seems that the answer to this question is covered in the following points:

1. Decide what you want to use Arabic to do and focus on that type of Arabic, as much as you can, it’s not always easy to do. If you just want to be able to communicate basic sentences and questions for a holiday this will not take long as it does not require reading, writing or grammar. Having said that the better prepared you are at this level the fewer problems There are people who rely solely on English transliteration of Arabic from language guidebooks made for tourists. Many would say this is not Arabic but for most people this is their point of entry into the Arabic language ocean.

2. Realise that English speakers, learning a similar European language, will learn European languages quicker than trying to learn languages like Mandarin, Japanese or Arabic. If you already speak or write a language like Urdu then you’re already on your way, due to similar letters and shared words. So most will be starting the language from scratch or near scratch. Arabic also has its own logic you cannot superimpose every grammatical concept that exists in English and think it will work for Arabic, it won’t. The grammar will help you to know how to read without the help of vowels. Of course, if you are trying to read the Quran it is much easier due to word frequency and voweling, reading the Quran helps a lot of people read Arabic in general.

3. You will need to aim for an active core vocabulary of some 1000-2000 words, this is roughly equal to GCSE or AS Level Arabic. But vocabulary without knowing word placing is weak, so you need to know some grammar too. There are many approaches to learning words and grammar at the same time, like conjugating verbs or making singular nouns dual and plural. A lot of advice tends to suggest that learning sentences are better than learning word lists, but at different times both will have there uses.

4. As for contact hours with the language, this is the tricky part. You will need to have approximately 2000 contact hours with the language for a decent working usage, according to some sources (See for example Steve Kaufmann-Lingosteve on How to Learn a language). How you divide up those hours is down to you but the fewer hours that you do per day then the longer you will take to achieve those 2000 hours. So simply put, more hours on a daily basis = quicker results.

There is much more that could be said about language learning strategies but the only real way to learn is to get started, keep going, and be consistent. Anyone can learn any language, it comes down to how badly you want it and how much you are prepared to sacrifice to get it.

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QAD | Quranic Arabic Daily

How is the Quran divided?

1. The Quran is divided into 114 Chapters called Surahs.

  • The first Surah is called Fatiha (The Opening) and the final Surah is called Nas (Mankind).
  • The shortest Surah is Surah al Kawther (108) and the longest Surah is Surah Baqarah.
  • The other shortest Surahs are Al Asr (103) and An Nasr chapter 110.
  • The Surahs are known as Medina or Mecca Surahs due to the place where they were revealed.

2. A Juz, also known as Siparah in Urdu, is another part of the Quran.

  • There are 30 Juz in the Quran. This division is used for readers of the Quran to be able to complete a reading of the Quran in a certain period of time, like during Ramadhan or over 30 weeks. So a Juz can be completed in one day or in one week. There is also a division based on finishing the Quran in 7 days called Manzil.
  • It is recommended that a reading of the Quran should be done at least once in every year.

3. A Hizb is a part of the Quran which is half the length of a Juz. Each Hizb is made up of four quarters, known as Rubu3.

  • There are 60 Hizb in the Quran.

4. An Ayat is a verse or sign of the Quran. There are some 6348 verses in the Quran (including Bismillah at the beginning of each Surah). It has been recommended for one who wishes to Hafiz (memorise) the Quran that they should memorise 5 Ayats at a time. This would take just under 4 years to complete the memorisation of Quran.

  • The longest verse in the Quran is found in Surah Baqarah verse 282, which is a whole page long.
  • The shortest verse in the Quran in terms of words is found in Surah Rahman 55:64 which is one word.
  • The shortest verse in the Quran in terms of letters are found at the beginning of Surahs Ta Ha (20), Yaseen (36), and Ha Meem, they comprise of only two letters.

You can use any of these divisions not only to read the Quran but also to memorise the Quran. Depending on your age, schedule and how organised you are, memorisation of the Quran can take anything from 3 to 10 years.

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