Updated: Aug 23
At Hona AlQuds our experience is that learning in person or online doesn’t make a difference what does matter is that the course has the following features:
The course must have a live teacher of native Arabic
Offer plenty of conversational practice
Place high emphasis on out-of-class work.
We have made learning online as the primary setting for our courses. This insures that you do not miss anything.
When starting , you must decide what you need the language for- Are you using Arabic formally or informally? For example, if you are studying the language for formal purposes you will need a more formal regiment. You will be relying more on books and placing more attention on grammar rather than your ability to speak fluently. The ability to speak casually and fluently will come later. Studies can last longer than a year or two; perhaps as much as 4 years. The difference between Hona AlQuds and formal education is that you can help to build your course with your instructor. The wrong thing to do when studying Arabic formally is to purchase a few books and start learning on your own.
What you need is a medium or long term course with plenty of hours of instruction and lots of practice on your own time. Pick the course and/or book that’s most convenient for you, but don’t try to do it all on your own.
Finally, if you are studying Arabic in order to understand the Qur’an or works of classical scholarship, you will need to master Classical Arabic. What is best is a medium or long term online course with teacher interaction. You will be relying heavily on books and will need to prepare for each lesson by reading ahead before classes.
You will cover at least 5 different subjects just on the Classical Arabic language:
1. Grammar –phrases and sentences
2. Morphology and Etymology – verbs and conjugation
3. Cantillation – pronunciation
4. Literature – practice, exposure to different styles of writing, idioms
5. Logic – a prerequisite for further studies
6. Rhetoric – literary devices and beautifying speech
7. Poetry – an understanding of Arabic poetry and culture