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Learning Arabic as a Foreign Language

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 – Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering learning Arabic as a foreign language, you may have questions about the language. You may want to know more about the best way to study and how classical, modern, Egyptian Arabic, and the Arabic of the Holy Quran differ. Jammiaalquran Academy teachers are specialists in teaching Arabic to non-native speakers. Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about learning Arabic:

  1. How do I learn Arabic to understand the Holy Quran better?

Learn the basics: Start by learning the fundamentals of the Arabic language, including vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure. Search for resources that teach these basic elements.

Concentrate on Quranic Arabic: There are slight differences between the Arabic of the Quran and modern spoken Arabic. Focusing on Quranic grammar and vocabulary is vital when learning the language of the Holy book. Ensure your learning resources focus specifically on exploring Quranic Arabic.

Practice listening and reading: Practice listening to and reading Quranic passages to improve your pronunciation and comprehension. Find native speaker audio recordings of the Quran to achieve the best results.

Study with an experienced teacher: An experienced teacher can answer questions and guide you as you learn. Jammiaalquran provides online teachers specialising in Quranic Arabic and working with non-native speakers.

Practice memorisation: Memorising the Quran is vital to gaining knowledge and understanding. Practice reciting verses from the Quran and find resources that support memorisation techniques.

Examine the translation and tafseer: Study the translation and tafseer (explanation) of the Quran as well as studying Arabic text. Doing so will support your understanding of the context and meaning of the verses you read.

Find a Quranic Study group: Connecting with a study group is an excellent way to stay motivated and connect with other Arabic learners. Study groups can be found online or in your local masjid.

Learning any new language, including Arabic, takes consistent time and effort. Keep motivated and stay with it.

  1. How can I learn Quranic Arabic?

Explore and comprehend the basics: Build a solid footing in the basics of Arabic before you dive into the Quran. Learn and understand vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure first and use resources to teach these fundamentals.

Explore Quranic Arabic resources: Find resources created specifically to teach Quranic Arabic. Some apps, online courses and textbooks focus on Quranic grammar and vocabulary. The Jammiaalquran Academy can help with building your knowledge.

Practice listening and reading: Listening to and reading passages from the Quran improves your pronunciation and comprehension. Audio recordings by native speakers are an excellent resource.

Study with an experienced teacher: A teacher like those at Jammiaalquran can answer questions and provide guidance throughout your learning journey. Focus on finding a teacher who specialises in Quranic Arabic.

Memorise verses: Memorising Quranic verses is essential to understanding the Quran. Practise reciting Quranic verses and use resources that support memorisation techniques.

Study Quranic translation and tafseer: Studying the Quran’s translation and tafseer (explanation) will help you recognise the context and meaning of the Quranic verses you are learning.

Find a Quranic study group: Joining a study group is a superb way of remaining motivated and connecting with other learners. You can find study groups online or at your local masjid.

  1. Does Quranic Arabic differ from MSA (Modern Standard Arabic)?

The Quran was written in the 7th Century, using a form of classical Arabic, which differs from modern standard Arabic. Quranic Arabic is characterised by its complex grammatical structures and rich vocabulary.

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is used in modern times for formal speech and writing. It is based on Classical Arabic but has undergone some simplifications and changes in vocabulary and grammar. Modern Standard Arabic is used in official documents, books, and the news.

While closely related, Quranic Arabic and MSA do differ in style, grammar, and vocabulary. Quranic Arabic is richer in vocabulary and more complex of the two. Quranic Arabic uses grammatical structures and words no longer commonly used in MSA. However, your understanding of Quranic Arabic will significantly benefit from a thorough knowledge of MSA.

  1. what is the difference between the Egyptian Arabic dialect and MSA?

Egyptian Arabic is an Arabic language dialect widely spoken throughout Egypt. It is one of the most widely understood and popular dialects in the Arab world. Egyptian Arabic is used in cartoons, films, TV shows, and daily conversation.

MSA is more formal than Egyptian Arabic and is used across the Arabic world for official documents, books, and news. It is not typically used in everyday conversation.

Grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation differ between MSA and Egyptian Arabic.  Grammar is more flexible in the latter, which uses colloquialisms and has a distinctive accent. Egyptian Arabic is easier for beginners to learn.

  1. Why are Jammiaalquran courses helpful for students who want to learn Arabic as a second language?

Jammiaalquran online courses assist students wanting to learn Arabic as a second language in several ways:

Convenience: Online Arabic learning courses enable students to create a schedule that suits them and learn at their own pace. They are more likely to succeed as they easily fit language learning into a busy lifestyle.

Personalisation: Jammiaalquran’s online Arabic courses allow you to customise your learning experience. You can select your specific area of focus, learning style, and proficiency level.  

Access to native speakers: Jammiaalquran’s courses are taught by experienced and certified native Arabic-speaking teachers. Native speakers are beneficial as they help you develop accurate pronunciation and understanding of the language’s nuances.

Variety of learning resources: Jammiaalquran offers various learning resources to support your journey. Our students can access interactive exercises, quizzes, audio and video lessons to help with motivation and engagement.

Course variety: Jammiaalquran provides various courses at different proficiency levels. We offer Arabic for travellers, business Arabic, and Quranic Arabic to support you in meeting your goals.

Cost-effective:  Jammiaalquran online courses are more cost-effective than in-person classes, helping your budget go further.

Experienced teachers: Our team consists of qualified and experienced Arabic teachers.

Proven results: Jammiaalquran has aided many students in improving their Arabic skills and achieving their Quranic Arabic learning goals.

User-friendly platform: Our platform provides a supportive learning environment and is easy to navigate and use.

Flexibility: Jammiaalquran enables students to learn at their own pace.

Affordable pricing: Our services and courses are affordable and designed to meet your needs.

Safe and secure: Our platform uses top-of-the-line, secure technologies to protect students’ financial and personal.

Positive recommendations and reviews: Jammiaalquran has many recommendations and positive reviews from previous students.

  1. I am a complete beginner; where should I start?

Learn more about Arabic and its historical, cultural and political significance. Did you know, for example, that Arabic is spoken by over 420 million people worldwide and is the official language of at least 20 countries?

A good grasp of Arabic can bring new opportunities to your door, from international business positions to diplomacy, translation and interpretation. Arabic is the fifth most used language online, and many religious and historical texts are written in Arabic.

Steps to help you start learning Modern Standard Arabic:

Become familiar with the 28 letters of the Arabic script and their shapes.

Find good quality learning resources, including textbooks, online courses, and language exchange programs.

Immerse yourself in the language by being around Arabic-speaking people, reading Arabic books and articles, and watching Arabic TV.

Practice speaking and writing; the more you practice, especially around native speakers, the quicker you develop accuracy and fluency.

Join a study group or find a tutor to gain in-depth feedback and help keep you on track.

 

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