One of the best ways to learn Arabic is through a person. Yes, we mean a language partner. But how do you find one? And why should you in the first place? Well, we are here to answer all these questions and more. Let’s dig into the art of having an Arabic partner.
The Skills are All Merged
Learning English is all about the four skills together, right? Namely, speaking, listening, reading, and writing. When you are engaging in a conversation with an actual person who is a native, it’s the skills together. Some may argue that writing is not included. On the contrary, it is very much included.
Haven’t you ever heard of chatting?
We don’t only mean face-to-face communication. Texting and chatting with an Arabic partner is only another important part of this interaction. Having a chat in Arabic language will not only better your Arabic skills but force you to use Arabic more.
Not only that, but you also get your typing practice in Arabic to a whole new level.
How to Snatch…I Mean, Find an Arabic Partner
Learning Arabic on your own can be exhausting. There is nothing more frustrating that having to study things in the most traditional ways.
Language exchange partner to the rescue!
A partner will not only provide good Arabic resources for you, but also speak to you every day. Arabic language exchange is at its best when speaking happens. In other words, the real usage of the language. The old-fashioned studying of Arabic academics works, but not necessary for most. This is because most people need Arabic to get along in Arabic-speaking environments.
Arabic speakers will provide this the best as exchange language partners.
Everything has its Pros and Cons
Naturally, you are not learning the basics of grammar. You are simply learning the language as the natives speak it. This means you will not learn or understand why things are the way they are. You will know them and speak them, but probably not teach them to others.
Imagine it to be a song in a foreign language. You have the voice and you know the sound. You are singing it perfectly. But you have no idea what you are saying.
Obviously, when you are learning Arabic, you know what you are saying. But the idea is that you are mimicking. This means that there are fundamentals that you know nothing about.
The Good News
Having said these cons, for most people, it’s not really in an issue. It goes back to one question: Why do people study Arabic? Studies, immigration to an Arabic-speaking country, work etc. These are the three primary reasons. Putting academics aside, the other two reasons do not require you to understand and explain the syntax of the language. All you need to do is make sure that you speak and be spoken to and have full comprehension of the conversation.
There are plenty of websites that provide excellent Arabic language exchange partners. You will find numerous options of people who love to help non-Arabic speakers learn Arabic!
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