How to learn arabic language

Decide which form of Arabic you want to learn

There are many types of Arabic. It is the mother tongue and official language of nearly 30 countries in the middle east and northern Africa. There are different accents and a variety of local pronunciations.  

Arabic language is one of languages that has a wide geographic spread and it immersed in many cultures, which resulted in producing many dialects for Arabic language  

The question about learning a dialect or Modern Standard Arabic has been frequently asked question for many and we believe it will stay so. Please refer to our blog Shall I study Modern Standard Arabic or Arabic Dialect.  

Start with the basics

It’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to learn Arabic by transcribing words with Latin letters instead of learning the Arabic alphabet first and unfortunately well-known language learning brands had pushed for this type of learning for pure commercial benefit and to piggy back on their current platforms established originally for Latin-origin languages.  


Think about how we learned English back in school. First, you learn your letters, then you form those letters into words, then you learn how to form sentences, and then you learn more about proper syntax and grammar. You learned all of this in English letters (Latin letters) and not in other languages letters, right? 


Taking shortcuts will only slow you down and make you eventually miss to achieve any learning outcomes.  

Learn to use the Arabic dictionary

This task is not as easy as it sounds. In an Arabic dictionary, words are generally organized around three-letter roots. To look up a word, you need to know what the root is and what letter the root starts with – which is not necessarily the first letter in the word. Using the dictionary takes practice, but the sooner you learn it the better. It will make the entire process easier and more enjoyable. 


With more technology around us, dictionaries had evolved to new formats using online tools and Arabic is not an exception in this. Have a look to the follow tools to help you find Arabic words meaning and pronunciation: 


Immerse yourself in study and practice

This is a critical step in learning any language, and it get even more important when learning Arabic. The best way to learn a new word is to see it, hear it, write it and speak it, so combine those activities as much as you can. 

  1. – Assign a scheduled time for your learning: get into the habit of learning  

  1. – Find the platform that you can interact with and gain learning 

  1. – Don’t get lost into too many resources into learning Arabic. Find one resource you like learning from, stick to it to finish it or feel satisfied from learning it, then move to another.  

  1. – As you gain proficiency, watch media in Arabic, read newspapers online, that way you gain a better “ear” for listening, and the subtitles give you the translation for what you’re hearing. Eventually you’ll be able to switch off the subtitles and still understanding what is being said. 

Speak the language

Seeing and hearing isn’t enough, however. It’s critical that you converse in Arabic with other people. It can be difficult to find a conversational partner if you’re not acquainted with native Arabic speakers. Thankfully, modern technology can do a lot to solve that problem. 

There are many groups for students of Arabic online, and it’s become much easier to find tutors who will coach you and help you in your studies. 

Nexus Learn Arabic Platform offer live online classes with Native Arabic Teachers 

Take advantage of these resources. The more you practice, the faster you will learn. 

Never stop learning

These steps are just the beginning. It’s easy to begin the journey of learning Arabic but challenging to see it through. Mastering the language will require years of study but gaining conversation skills can come quickly if you dedicate yourself to the pursuit. 

Ready to dip your toes in the water?  

Try out our free trial period on Nexus Learn Arabic platform.  We’ll be glad to help you take your first steps so you can learn to speak Arabic online. 

We wish you all the best, and Good Luck or as we say it in Arabic مع تمنياتي بالتوفيق