Learning Arabic while living in an Arab country

Learning Arabic while living in an Arab country

Anon.
By Anon.

Learning a new language is always beneficial for a person, especially if it's the local language of the country you're going to live in. People who speak multiple languages appear more cultured and educated, and of course, there are the simple day to day advantages of being able to communicate with the people around you.

You often hear that a person has learned a language by spending just a year abroad. However, with Arabic, that doesn't appear to be the case. People can spend years or a lifetime in an Arabic country without being able to say much more than a few common words and sentences, far from fluent.

If you are here in Qatar, we recommend you take advantage of this opportunity and make a conscious effort to learn Arabic. Being able to use the language daily will definitely speed up the process.

It might be a tough task to be fluent in Arabic, but look at the bright side. Proficiency of the Arabic language will help advance your career, grow your social circle, and add another language to your skillset.

Photo Credit: www.tes.com

Where to start?

Qatar University has an Arabic For Non-Native Speakers Center, which aims to teach standard modern Arabic. Educate Learning Center offers interactive style Arabic classes for small groups.

These types of educational classes do not only teach standard written Arabic but teach their students to communicate and understand spoken dialect.

If you're on a budget but still interested in learning the language, take the initiative and check out Al Jazeera Learning. The website aims to spread worldwide literacy and so do many other sites out there.

Listen to Arabic music. Some songs can be catchy and you are bound to catch on to something. Watch Arabic movies with subtitles and develop a broader understanding of the language and culture.

Once you gain a bit of confidence, put yourself out there and try to interact with the locals in Arabic. Yes, in Arabic, because as we know practice makes perfect.

Photo Credit: Sam Agnew

By mohdata• 3 Aug 2017 15:15
mohdata

I am ashamed of myself for having spent my life in the Gulf and yet reached only intermediate Arabic fluency; it hurts even more because I just love the language, the way it sounds and the way it flows.. even if I wasn't Muslim god forbid and even if it wasn't the language of the Quran, I'd still find Arabic to be my favourite language. Inshallah, my dream is to one day speak it like the arabs.... People say its difficult to learn but I feel English as a language is more difficult to master and most people speak it only because that's what they started early with in school and because its the primary language of business and education worldwide...

Log in or register to post comments

More from Qatar Living

Qatar’s top beaches for water sports thrills

Qatar’s top beaches for water sports thrills

Let's dive into the best beaches in Qatar, where you can have a blast with water activities, sports and all around good times.
Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part Two

Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part Two

This guide brings you the top apps that will simplify the use of government services in Qatar.
Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part One

Most Useful Apps In Qatar - Part One

this guide presents the top must-have Qatar-based apps to help you navigate, dine, explore, access government services, and more in the country.
Winter is coming – Qatar’s seasonal adventures await!

Winter is coming – Qatar’s seasonal adventures await!

Qatar's winter months are brimming with unmissable experiences, from the AFC Asian Cup 2023 to the World Aquatics Championships Doha 2024 and a variety of outdoor adventures and cultural delights.
7 Days of Fun: One-Week Activity Plan for Kids

7 Days of Fun: One-Week Activity Plan for Kids

Stuck with a week-long holiday and bored kids? We've got a one week activity plan for fun, learning, and lasting memories.
Wallet-friendly Mango Sticky Rice restaurants that are delightful on a budget

Wallet-friendly Mango Sticky Rice restaurants that are delightful on a budget

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a sweet escape into the world of budget-friendly Mango Sticky Rice that's sure to satisfy both your cravings and your budget!
Places to enjoy Mango Sticky Rice in  high-end elegance

Places to enjoy Mango Sticky Rice in high-end elegance

Delve into a world of culinary luxury as we explore the upmarket hotels and fine dining restaurants serving exquisite Mango Sticky Rice.
Where to celebrate World Vegan Day in Qatar

Where to celebrate World Vegan Day in Qatar

Celebrate World Vegan Day with our list of vegan food outlets offering an array of delectable options, spanning from colorful salads to savory shawarma and indulgent desserts.