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Duolingo has launched a new language course, and this one is designed to help you learn to speak Arabic. This isn’t meant for beginners, but language learners keen to broaden their horizons can now learn (or try to learn) Arabic using Duolingo.
Duolingo Helps You Learn to Speak Arabic
Duolingo has focused specifically on Modern Standard Arabic, which is the version most widely understood by people who speak Arabic. By following the course, you’ll learn to speak conversational Arabic, which is less formal than written Arabic.
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Duolingo’s Arabic course will focus on three different aspects of the language:
Grammar: To help English speakers understand the language Duolingo has “constructed sentences so that they communicate enough context to make the grammatical differences between Arabic and English clear.”
Alphabet: Duolingo has structured the course to teach the Arabic alphabet methodically, introducing a few letters at a time in order to give learners ample opportunity to learn those before introducing more.
Phonetics: Every unit of the course has phonetic exercises, giving learners plenty of opportunity to learn the sounds of Arabic. These exercises will test learners’ ability to discriminate one sound from another sound.
You can start learning Arabic on Duolingo right now on the web, on Android, and on iOS. Duolingo is completely free to use, but you can pay for Duolingo Plus in order to remove the ads and be able to carry on learning languages while offline.
What Makes Learning Arabic So Difficult?
If you’re new to learning languages we don’t recommend starting with Arabic. Alongside Japanese, Chinese, and Korean, it’s one of the most difficult languages for westerners to learn. Duolingo explains why Arabic is a difficult language to learn on Making Duolingo.
However, budding polyglots who want to experience a challenge should definitely try learning Arabic on Duolingo. With people in 25 countries able to speak Arabic, even knowing a few key words and phrases could help travellers communicate with the locals.
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