How to Match Your Arabic Study to Your Arabic Goals

Before you read this, please read my post on the importance of figuring out why you want to learn Arabic.

Have you ever thought to yourself “I’m studying, but I feel like I’m just not getting anywhere with Arabic.” I have heard this a lot from beginner students. Arabic takes a long time to master, but more often than not, you’ll feel like you’re making progress faster if you have matched your goals to your studies.

If you know why you want to learn Arabic, then here are some suggestions for what you should study to meet your goals.

Reading the Quran and Hadith

This tends to be the first goal that almost all Muslim moms mention when you ask them why they want to study Arabic. If this is your goal, great! But I would encourage you to think of some smaller goals that you can accomplish before this.

Why?

The “Quran and Hadith” is just too general of a goal.

Break it down a little bit and say, for example: “I want to be able to read the last 10 surahs and understand them.” or “I want to be able to read Imam An-Nawawi’s 40 Hadith and understand it.”

This will give you a much better focus for your studies and you’ll be able to feel your progress a lot faster.

So, what course should you study for this?

None. For a non-native speaker, the best way to understand Arabic is to go through texts using classes that have been taught on them.

AbdurRahman.org is my favorite site for a wide range of English and Arabic language lectures on a variety of topics.

Here’s a great start for learning the Tafsir of Juz Ammah. They also have some great lessons on 40 Hadith.

By listening to lectures in your native language, you’ll learn the Arabic vocabulary with a deeper understanding than you would if you used a word for word translation.

Traveling

If your main goal is to travel to Arabic speaking countries, and you’re not interested in reading, your best option is to study with a native speaker from the country that you hope to visit. I can’t recommend a specific course because honestly, it will depend on the country that you want to visit.

So, what course should you study for this?

Each Arabic speaking country has a different dialect of Arabic and they can vary greatly from one country to another. So, if your main goal is to travel, find a friend and just start speaking. There are lots of great resources online for learning popular Arabic dialects like Egyptian or Levantine. But you’ll want a native speaker to help you with the nuances.

Building an Arabic Speaking Home

Sound like a strange goal? I used to think that I wanted to learn Arabic just to understand the Quran and Sunnah and the writings and lectures of well-known scholars.

After having children, I realized that there was a much more important goal that I was missing.

It’s easy for us as adults to keep a very longterm goal in mind, but when you teach kids, they need something real and present to work towards.

I realized that in order to teach my kids Arabic, I had to bring Arabic alive for them. I had to make them understand that yes, it’s the language of the Quran and Sunnah, but Arabic is also OUR language.

As a family, we now focus on speaking and doing things in Arabic as much as possible. We do use some formal texts for study, but ultimately, we prefer to just live with Arabic throughout the day.

So, what course should you study for this?

The first thing I would recommend is to bring as much Arabic into your home as possible. The goal is to get your kids to see Arabic as a normal part of their lives.

We have a few suggestions over on our Play with Arabic page.

After that, try to speak as much as possible to your kids using everyday Arabic phrases. They will pick up whatever you say and it will be much easier to keep yourself motivated.

Kids will naturally learn whatever language they are exposed to. So don’t worry too much and just keep things fun and engaging.

If you’re looking for a more formal course that will allow you to learn Arabic while teaching your kids in a fun, natural way, be sure to check out our new courses on Teachable. We’ll be adding new ones every few weeks.

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