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First Steps! The Importance of Setting Realistic Learning Goals to Achieve Tangible Outcomes.

Updated: Apr 5

Where to begin? Arabic Novice Learners' Checklist  Navigating Your Arabic Learning Journey: A Guide for Novice Learners

In my interactions with Non-Native Arabic Language Learners, one question consistently arises: Where to begin? How long will it take me to learn Arabic? The stream of inquiries stemming from this line of thought seems endless. I understand the frustration that arises when we lack a clear pathway to follow with a structured curriculum and guided instructions. Hence, I took the initiative to go live and engage with the Arabic Khatawaat Community, emphasizing the importance of setting realistic learning goals to achieve tangible outcomes. This impromptu conversation reaffirmed my concerns as an educator and instructor. You can access the chat in the video below!

 Join us and Chat #LiveArabicChat about The importance of Setting Realistic Learning Goals to Achieve Tangible Outcomes.

Trust The Process & Trust The Process,
Have Faith in the Journey....

Observing the time and effort my current students invest in learning Arabic within an intensive, focused, and supportive environment, where they form a cohesive cohort, interact outside of class, discuss their experiences with the Arabic language, and persistently move forward, I've discovered their secret recipe: trust in the process. They understand that each lesson has its highs and lows, and they embrace moments of uncertainty. Check the Live Chat and self-learners's questions, particularly those of first-time learners. You can activate the replay chat button to review their inquiries.

📚 MSA- Modern Standard Arabic Videos- 🟢Level 1🟢 (1)
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Access a downloadable file containing over 30 steps to guide you from Level 1 to Level 2 of Arabic proficiency.

Each lesson presents learning techniques and reviews of previous material tailored to your level.
Download the file, save it, and integrate it into your calendar. If setting an alarm or reminder to learn Arabic requires an extra step, don't hesitate to do so! Remember, literacy comes first.

Here are a few tips that I use to reinforce disciplined learning in Arabic Khatawwat Online Classes. Set up the Environment & Supplies.

☐   Designate a study area – quiet, well-lit, and private.

☐   Limit chances of distractions and interruptions.

☐   Reading: Use class notes and email your instructor with questions as needed

☐   Writing: Use a gel pen to write Arabic script. Arabic is written from right to left. Use a lined notebook and keep an average size of Arabic letters.

☐   Listening: refer to audio files provided by your instructor. Do not write anything down when you are listening. Respond aloud and repeat the sounds as you hear them. Listen to the audio files daily. 

☐   Speaking: Collaborate with your classmates to practice small conversational phrases. Use a voice recorder to record your reading practice.

Manage Homework Time

☐   Establish a routine to help establish good study habits.

☐   Keep notes of your questions during HW time.

•   What Arabic sounds do I have difficulty hearing or saying?
•   What Arabic letter shapes do I have difficulty recognizing or tracing?

☐  Ask for help if the homework is too hard. Attend office hours and communicate with your instructor.

☐   Take a 5-minute break every 25 minutes. Stand up, breathe deeply, stretch, rest your eyes, and drink water.

☐   Keep your notes clean and organized. Arabic script requires visual skills to recognize letters. Avoid scratching off parts of the word. Rewrite the words entirely if you misspell one letter.

Other Tips and Guidelines I find helpful for students to remember!

Don't be afraid to make mistakes – they're essential to the learning process. Instead of dwelling on errors, use them as opportunities to identify areas for improvement and refine your skills. Stay motivated by reminding yourself why you chose to learn the language first and visualize the benefits that fluency will bring. Surround yourself with supportive peers and celebrate your achievements together.

  1. Start with the Basics

  2. Take it Slow

  3. Practice Regularly

  4. Seek Structured Learning Resources

  5. Be Realistic

  6. Embrace Mistakes

Stay Motivated Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, and fluency in Arabic won't be either. Stay patient, stay focused, and most importantly, enjoy the adventure of learning a beautiful and fascinating language.

Following these tips and staying committed to your Arabic learning journey, you'll gradually inshAllah إن شاء الله progress from a novice learner to a confident speaker and reader.

Best of Luck!

Ustaatha Raja

Arabic Khatawaat Founder

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