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Arabs have different dialects. Which one should you learn?

Arabs speak with different dialects based upon the region. When I started working as an interpreter, I used my regional dialect even though my clients were not coming from the same region. I felt that sometimes my clients seemed to have a hard time understanding me well. Therefore, I decided to start to interpret using the Modern Standard Arabic. Modern Standard Arabic is the universal dialect in the Arab region. It is the standard used for textbooks in schools and therefore, most Arabs know and understand Modern Standard Arabic. Also, this the standard dialect used for formal or academic occasions. When I switched to Modern Standard Arabic, it was awkward for my clients to hear me using it as Arabs do not use this dialect in their daily dialogues. It seemed to them too formal. However, in my case, using it helped alleviate any confusion or misunderstandings that can occur. If you are not a native Arabic speaker and want to be understood by most Arabs,... read more

The first step in learning Arabic.

The best way to begin learning Arabic is not necessarily the easiest. Students often try to learn Arabic words by reading transliterations. This method may be quick but fails to help the individual become fluent in the language. The first step is to learn the alphabet properly. Learn how the letters are pronounced properly. Then learn how to connect the letters and become fluent in reading. Once this level is completed then they learn the new vocabulary. Without being fluent in reading, the struggle in Arabic continues.     Best Regards,   Kemal

Eager to start tutoring!

I'm excited to be registered as a new tutor! I have a strong grasp on language, and I would love to take on new students who are interested in learning Arabic, ESL or English grammar and writing for the SATs. I am spending the next several months in Amman, Jordan, where I will be participating in an intensive Arabic program. During this time, I will be available to give tutoring sessions via Skype, and upon my return in late May, I will be able to begin tutoring in person. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested in my tutoring services! I am eager to help in any way I can!

Math, Science, French, Arabic Tutoring

These days, students and parents are busier than ever, and I understand that tutoring may be just one item of many on the family calendar. Since my goal has been to make life easier for parents and students by offering you high quality private tutoring in the convenience of your own home unless you preferred the quietness of your tutor home instead. I am a dedicated Tutor who loves seeing students succeed in school, and who recognizes the importance of patience and creativity when helping students. I am able to give enthusiastic and enjoyable lessons and I have the ability to make any subject interesting. I have been tutoring since before I started college in 2005. I am a graduate from Jacksonville University, where I received a Master in Business Administration degree. I am looking forward to serving your needs as a tutor. I also understand that Math and Advanced Sciences are very challenging, and they present students with concepts that are totally foreign and at times... read more

New Vocabulary: Tips and Tricks

Whether you're learning Spanish, French, English, or even new science or social studies vocabulary, developing vocabulary is the key to a world of new conversations. When approaching a new set of vocabulary, different techniques work for different kinds of learning. Watching movies, listening to music, and interacting with people in the new language are fun and effective means of immersion. When you hear unfamiliar terms, sound them out and jot them down to look up later. When preparing for a test or working with a textbook, a systematic approach can help reinforce and practice new terms. With a new set of thirty words from a textbook chapter, follow these four easy steps to quickly learn up to thirty terms in one sitting: 1. Make a list of new words in the target language. 2. Attempt to translate them on the same line in a second column, using cognates as clues to recall the term in your native language. 3. After attempting to translate all the vocabulary, use a... read more

The Importance of Pronunciation in a Foreign Language

One may always be grammatically correct or use a wide variety of vocabulary in a foreign language. However, this means absolutely nothing if one cannot pronounce words and phrases correctly. When I was learning Spanish in school, my teachers rarely corrected my pronunciation. It wasn't until I traveled to Spain that I learned how to pronounce words correctly. Emphasizing pronunciation is something I feel a lot of foreign language teachers/tutors overlook and don't emphasize enough in their teaching. Here are some tips for foreign language tutors and teachers to emphasize pronunciation more in their lessons. 1. Start lessons going over the alphabet in the target language I always begin a lesson by going over the alphabet. It is the most basic lesson, yet crucial lesson for beginners. Beginners can become familiar with the language without feeling overwhelmed. I have homemade index card with the letter and the sound underneath. On the other side of the card I have a... read more

Morocco

I recently returned from two weeks in Morocco. It was truly a life changing and eye opening experience for me. The rural areas of Morocco are beautiful. The desert mountains littered with trees, the quilted patchwork farms of corn, cactus, and gourds. The people are beautiful too, in their long flowing robes, hitchhiking in the desert heat, or riding donkeys on the side of the road. It is such a different culture there. In Morocco, they speak a mixture of French, Arabic, and Berber, as well as Spanish in the north, near Spain. Their street signs (which do not name the street, incidentally) are usually in both Arabic and French. However, while the street signs will give their message once in Arabic, and then again in French, their speech is truly a mixture of both, with any given word in either language. For example, the subject might be in Arabic, the verb in French, and perhaps a Berber word thrown in, all within the same sentence. This can be a source of confusion,... read more

Learning Arabic

Arabic is a fascinated language. It could be really enjoyable to learn Arabic. The alphabet is fun because it does not look like any other familiar Latin-derived alphabets. The Arabic grammar is well-organized; its irregularities are minimum. Once you know the rules, you can easily apply them. Since Arabic is considered to be one of the critical languages that is in demand in the USA work market, speaking Arabic will give you an advantage over other job-seekers. In my opinion, if you are interested in any language, you would be able to learn it, even on your own. If you can get help, learning will be faster and may be it will take less efforts.

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