How Long Does it Take to Become an Expert in Arabic?

How Long Does it Take to Become an Expert in Arabic?

There are more than 375 million Arabic speaking people globally, making it the fifth most spoken language in a world where it is also recognised as the official mode of communication in 20 countries. Moreover, The British Council has listed Arabic as one of the 10 languages significant to the UK’s future. Ask anyone who took up Arabic as his or her second language and they would testify that learning it is an awe-inspiring process and every stage of it can be very accomplishing.  However, time is money and despite our urge to have limitless time to hone our linguistic skills, the reality is that the vagaries of our professional and personal life leave little time to learn a new mode of speech. So how much time do you need? The most widely asked question still does not offer an easy answer. This is because learning a language is a complex process based on various factors. Let us take a look at these factors and how they can impact your learning process. 1. Your Previous Language Learning Experiences If you were raised bilingual or already speak a foreign language, you have a head start over someone who only speaks one language. Bilinguals find it relatively easy to learn a third language as many linguistic studies have substantiated. This is because they are subconsciously more used to being exposed to different languages. However, if you are not bilingual or multilingual do not fret as that year of French in school or that business trip to Singapore was helpful. One of the initial steps to learn a language is to know...