Learn Arabic Online | The Nassra Arabic Method

Learn Arabic Online | The Nassra Arabic Method

Learning any language is an enriching and rewarding experience. Traveling around the world will allow you to literally immerse yourself in a culture, but in order to truly appreciate other cultures, you have to appreciate their language. The two most common motivators for people to learn a language are, first of all, practical considerations, and secondly, in order to learn more about the culture.  For example, if you have a plan to go on a gap year and will need to learn the language of the place you’re going to, this is an example of a practical language exercise full stop. On the other hand, someone whose parents speak Arabic, but who themselves grew up speaking only English, may want to learn the language as a means of engaging with their own heritage and ancestry.  Whatever the reason, there is an increasing number of people wanting to learn Arabic across the world, and in order to do this most people are choosing online courses such as The Nassra Arabic Method. Given the prominent role that the Arabic speaking world now plays in business, finance, and a variety of industries, as well as its status in important tourist destinations, learning Arabic Online is becoming quite a popular choice.  Why Learn Arabic?  In terms of number of speakers, Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. An entire region of the Earth, the Middle East, is fluent in some form of Arabic. Many people who are often travelling the world will find learning Arabic very beneficial to them. The Nassra Arabic course can be particularly convenient for people in this situation, as they offer lessons in many areas across the world such as London, New York, and Dubai.  One of the main reasons people...
Arabic Dialects vs Modern Standard Arabic

Arabic Dialects vs Modern Standard Arabic

Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those who are looking to learn a new language. When you consider the role that the Arabic language and culture plays in the modern world, it isn’t hard to understand why so many people are being drawn towards Arabic as a topic of study. Learning Arabic is a very worthwhile experience.   Whether you are simply a curious person who is looking to expand their knowledge of the world around them by learning the Arabic language, or you are hoping to visit part of the Arabic world for business or pleasure, learning Arabic is a long and rewarding journey. However, because there are multiple different Arabic dialects, it isn’t always obvious to newcomers which type they should pursue in their studies.  If you are considering learning Arabic and have done research into your options for learning the language, then you have probably heard of modern standard Arabic. As the name suggests, this is a modernised version of Arabic. As such, many people incorrectly assume that modern standard Arabic is not ‘true’ Arabic. This is incorrect, however, and in this article, we are going to take a look at what the actual differences between modern standard and other Arabic dialects is.  Traditional Arabic  Sometimes known as Quranic, or Classical, Arabic, this is the form of Arabic in which the Quran was originally written. The Quran was written a long time ago, as early as the 6th century A.D by some estimates. As you would expect then, the language has moved on and evolved since then.  These classical forms of Arabic...
How You Can Learn the Arabic Language With Ease

How You Can Learn the Arabic Language With Ease

Learning a new language in today’s day and age is much easier than it has ever been before. Now that we live in an increasingly globalised and interconnected world, being able to speak multiple languages makes you infinitely more valuable to potential employers. For companies who maintain overseas operations, they will always be on the lookout for people who are able to act as liaisons between different locales. The Arabic language is a fascinating one, it is also one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Learning Arabic won’t just look great on a CV, it will also be a worthwhile learning experience. Now that learning a new language is so easy, if it is something that you have an interest in then you should pursue it. In this article, we take a look at the various options available for those looking to learn Arabic and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Audio Audio courses are available in a number of formats. Traditionally they have been cassette or CD based, but now there are mp3 and other digital download formats which can then be listened to from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Audio courses are an excellent way of learning conversational Arabic. The advantage of an audio course is that, because you hear the language being spoken, you can perfect your pronunciation. Some audio courses come with an accompanying book so you can see how the language is written as well as spoken. If an audio course doesn’t come with an accompanying guide, then it will be more difficult to gain insight as to the relationship between...
9 Must-See Arabic Movies to Help You Learn the Language

9 Must-See Arabic Movies to Help You Learn the Language

Popular culture is one of the most effective ways to learn a language. When you see the language being used in movies or music, your brain will pick it up much more quickly. If you’re learning (or want to learn) Arabic, there is no shortage of great movies to watch. We are going to list nine must-see Arabic movies to help you learn the language in this article. The Mummy (Al-Mummia) This movie is also popularly known as The Night of Counting of the Years. It is a movie by Shadi Abdel Salam, one of the most popular directors from the country. It tells the tale of a family living in 19th century Egypt and the illegal trade of treasures from the ancient Egyptian civilization. The Cruel Sea (Bas-Ya-Bahar) There aren’t that many Kuwaiti movies on the market, but The Cruel Sea is certainly one of the best. It is the work of Khalid Al Siddiq. Released in 1972, the black-and-white movie was an instant hit and it quickly turned into a must-watch classic. It also delivers a powerful story of the sea as the movie’s main character. The Dupes (Al-Makhdu’un) This movie by Tewfik Saleh was released in 1973. It is a movie based on a very popular novel, “Men in the Sun” that was released a decade earlier. The writer of the novel, Ghassan Kanafani, played a big part in the Palestinian revolution. It is a beautifully crafted movie about Palestinian men trying to join the oil boom in the 50s. The movie focuses on their attempt to illegally cross the Iraq-Kuwait border. Man of Ashes When...
6 Tips for Teaching Children to Speak Arabic

6 Tips for Teaching Children to Speak Arabic

The Arabic language is a beautiful one, but it’s not the easiest to learn, especially if you live in an English-speaking country like the UK. Even if you speak Arabic at home and try to incorporate it in your children from a young age, it’s exceptionally hard for them to balance that with all the school work and other extracurricular activities. Having said that, teaching children Arabic isn’t an impossible task either and there are effective ways to make sure that you are successful. Start Early The initial years of development are extremely important in a child’s life as what they learn during those years affects them directly or indirectly for the rest of their lives. It is advised that at least one parent should only speak in Arabic at home and especially when communicating with or around the child. This will imprint the language on the young mind, making it easier for them to learn the more complex parts of the language later on as they grow up. Teach It at Home When children grow up, some of them may find learning Arabic to be a chore as not many people in schools generally speak the language in UK. However, if you make it a routine to make them study Arabic at home on a regular basis, just like English, maths, history, geography, science, etc. it will become a habit that they won’t complain about. Professional Lessons An early effort at home is effective and very important in creating the necessary base, but it isn’t enough to just learn the basics. At Omar Nassra, children are taught both...
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...