Our online Arabic course is a complete program in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) grammar and vocabulary. Most importantly, you will learn how to build a memory palace to store, retain, and recall all the details of Arabic grammar. In a matter of weeks, you’ll be able to master grammatical patterns most learners still struggle with after years of study.
Our goal is to get you beyond pre-constructed resources as quickly as possible. In other words, we want to get you to the point where you are expanding your abilities by reading books, watching movies, and talking to people in Arabic. To do this, we focus first on patterns and vocabulary within the grammar of the language. This is the key to unlock total fluency.
As adults, the hardest part of learning a new language is mastering the grammar, the underlying structure. Once we do that, however, we have what we need to work inside the language and learn organically from context. This is actually what we continue to do throughout adulthood in our own native languages. Think of your own job and the jargon you use for it – you probably learned most of your professional vocabulary as an adult.
The course in Arabic teaches everything from how to read and write the Arabic script to the advanced intricacies of Arabic grammar. It is the only course in the world to provide a complete map of the language, with all materials fully explained.
This course assumes no previous knowledge of Arabic and includes a full module in how to read and write the Arabic script, from the individual letters in isolation to real examples of letters in combination. We even cover handwritten as opposed to printed forms. The "Starter Module" then explores essential Arabic greetings and phrases as a way of introducing topics of structure. For example, right from the start we explore how Arabic verbs change for gender as well as person and number.
This online Arabic program is actually 3 different courses wrapped up and bundled in one. There is a lot of material included in your subscription – read on to find out everything you’ll have access to. If you’re in a hurry, here’s a quick summary of what you’ll learn:
You get full access to everything right from the start. This includes:
In short, in addition to all the video lessons and unique instruction, you’ll be able to download and keep the equivalent of multiple text e-books and more than ten times the amount of audio recordings you can typically expect to receive with book and CD combos that cost twice as much as a single month of our online program.
All of this described above is included in every subscription. Read on to find out more about the different courses.
The Memory Course is central to all our programs, and we recommend you start with these lessons. As people, we tend to be very good at remembering places and images, but not very good at remembering text. Since language learning involves a lot of text, we’ll teach you how to use your spatial and visual memory to master the parts and pieces of a new language quickly and effectively. These are the same creative techniques used by medieval monks to memorize scripture by chapter and verse, and also to compose new works of literature.
The power and efficacy of these techniques is truly astounding, and even those with “bad memories” find themselves storing complex grammatical structures with ease. It’s also a lot of fun – you get to imagine the places and images you enjoy most. The wackier and more extravagant you make your associations, the more likely you are to remember them!
Our approach to language is linguistically rigorous, which might scare you at first. Once you realize what you can do with our memory techniques, however, you’ll see how language mastery is already within your reach.
Our Core Course is a full course in practical linguistics. You’ll learn what the parts and pieces of a language are and how they fit together, from grammar through to body language and culture. You’ll also learn useful strategies for learning the different components of language.
What is a noun? What is case? Or gender? Or tense and aspect? What about morphology and syntax? These may seem like technical terms, but you will learn to understand them quickly. Having a grasp of these core concepts will accelerate the entire process of learning a language. It’s a bit like learning what gables or I-beams are before trying to build a house!
If you continue to scroll down on this page, you’ll be able to see the entire syllabus for our Arabic materials, including several samples you can view prior to signing up. Our Arabic materials are broken up into 4 main sections:
We start with a full module on how to read and write the Arabic script. Arabic uses an abjad, which means consonants are marked, but vowels are not necessarily included (you can read about abjads on our blog here). We'll teach you how to read and write the script, with or without vowel markings. We'll also teach you the differences between printed and handwritten Arabic.
Included as well is a brief pronunciation guide so you can familiarize yourself with the sounds of Arabic. Most of your pronunciation practice will come from interaction with the included audio files and review videos, but this module serves as a necessary introduction. It will also help you pronounce Arabic words correctly on sight – that is, from seeing them written.
Our Starter Module is designed to introduce topics of Arabic structure through survival language. You’ll start to see how the language works while learning key greetings, introductions, and other functions. At the same time, you’ll learn how to create a small memory palace you can use just for survival and other ritual language. Even if you have some Arabic already, this is a great place to get started and see how the memory techniques can be applied.
After the starter module, we get into the full map of Arabic. This may seem complex and daunting, but stick with it. Just by watching the video lessons, you'll become more and more familiar with all the patterns. Expect to go through these lessons multiple times, and just relax with it the first time through.
This is the main feature of the entire program – we explore every grammatical pattern, variation, and exception in the Arabic language. We’ll take you through our complete map of the language and explain how to build your memory palace to master all the complexities. Here are some things we’ll cover:
Arabic has two genders: masculine and feminine. Did you know that there are clear rules for determining what gender a word belongs to? How about that there are 8 different conjugations in total, and each verb can be changed into 10 different forms? We’ll explain all this and more in detail, so you can dominate Arabic grammar.
In the video course, we'll cover all the material included on our fabric language maps.
Our carefully crafted narratives are designed to include not only as much unique vocabulary as possible, but also as many as possible of the construction patterns found in the language. Our main vocabulary builder is a story called Max’s Dream, an adventure narrative in the guise of a children’s story. We also include several journalism articles on a range of topics so you can learn journalistic language to be able to read newspapers and online journals.
This course teaches Modern Standard Arabic, or MSA. MSA is used for official purposes, news and media, and as a lingua franca in the Arab world. It is not spoken on a day-to-day basis on the streets — that status is reserved for the various dialects. MSA is essentially an updated version of Classical or Quranic Arabic, and many Arabs make no distinction between MSA and Classical Arabic. As all Arabs learn MSA at school and as part of Quranic study, and as MSA forms the foundation for all spoken varieties of Arabic, it is widely considered best practice to build a foundation in MSA before moving on to a local dialect. We will discuss the dialectal differences further as part of the course.
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Dr. Aaron Ralby is the founder and director of Linguisticator Ltd. He holds a BA in English and Modern Languages and Linguistics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from the University of Cambridge; and a PhD in Medieval Studies from Cornell University. Aaron is the principle overseer of course creation at Linguisticator and also presents all final materials produced by his team of linguists and native speakers.
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