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Learn How to Speak Arabic Online

Updated on February 1, 2011

Introduction to Learning Basic Arabic

The changing ways of the world have made learning basic Arabic language a major point of importance for many people. Whether the person is looking to join an organization like the FBI, CIA, or other Homeland Security branch, or if an individual wants to do business in the Middle East, there are many reasons to learn the Arabic language. Aside from a better understanding of the culture, many job opportunities open up from having such a unique skill, especially if you are looking at international business, security, intelligence, or national security. The demand for good Arabic language learning programs is at an all time high as far as demand, and programs like Rosetta Stone, as mentioned below, or Rocket Language Learning Arabic, as linked to up above, are two examples of individual solutions to programs designed to help learn Arabic online or use software to learn it from your home computer.

Rosetta Stone Arabic Language Learning Software

While Rocket Language Learning, as linked to in the first section of this hub, might be one of the more popular recent programs because of the tutoring videos and interaction with real Arabic speakers, the better known option and one that still has many fans is the Rosetta Stone Arabic Language Learning Software. Part of the reason this stays the case is because this language learning software is some of the most famous both because of results and because of the many multiple commercials out there. Many people believe this is one of the best Arabic language learning online options, while others prefer the Rocket Language Learning, but both programs have been proven to work effectively, and to some degree it's a matter of who learns better with which methods as both can be an extremely effective way of learning Arabic.

Beginning Arabic Lessons Video

Learn Arabic from Instant Immersion Arabic Software

Instant Immersion Arabic Language Learning Software

While there is very little question that as far as actual software programs go, Rosetta Stone Arabic and Rocket Language Learning Arabic are the two best programs for learning Arabic through videos or online. However, for many people $80 to $500 might be a little too much, especially if your particular needs mean you only need to go skin deep and learn the very basics of the language vocabulary and language structure. While many people are tempted to go really cheap with language books, these have a very limited use as reading the language (or the written English translation of the language). Audio CDs at a minimum should be necessary for anyone who is serious about learning the Arabic language with any type of study guide.

Computer CDs that have pictures to associate with the words are even better, since visual aids combined with hearing the language and words will help your brain to make that connection and make it more likely to stick in your head. Look for a book with audio CDs, or a cheap computer software program that at least shows you some pictures and audio language to help you learn Arabic online.  The "Instant Immersion" series is a poor man's alternative to other Arabic learning programs, and there are others, as well.

Gulf News Story About Expats Learning Arabic

Portugese Report on Americans Knowing Arabic and Job Demand

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      family2010 5 years ago

      what an interesting hub to read. I happened to know a friend of mine who uses Rosetta Stone in their bilingual class. It is a very effective tool in the learning process. I like your other hubs and you can consider me as one of your followers.

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      Bharat Thapa 5 years ago from NEW DELHI

      Self teaching a language is the most hardest and the most beautiful thing in this world, requires lot of dedication and self motivation and at times it could be frustrating also when you get less time to practice or study due to your hectic schedule. Very interesting article however i personally feel that maybe if you consume all the softwares/books/audios one by one you might get some level of fluency but i don't think online courses are efficient enough to teach you something.

      I highly doubt that but again i'd say i've never tried that and that's only my opinion.

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      Mistress of Spice 6 years ago from uk uae

      Dear Jerry its an excellent hub.

      Am keen and full on this language as a competition.storming the market tomake hay while the sun shines..its a beaituful where do i start..the interaction of some of my works involves and am loss for words..

      lol Mistress of spice need arabic

      help help help


      shukran for you advise..

      warm regds


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      Jerry G2 6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Hi Mahmo,

      Thanks for the comment! I definitely believe learning the language is right up there with eating the food as the best ways to really begin to learn about another culture and understand it. It makes sense to me that the Quraan would be an ideal read for the language. I tell people who really want to learn poetic old English that the Psalms of the King James Bible are a must. It might not be the best way to learn modern English, but the poetry of the language is beautiful. Thank you for your comment!

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      Mahmo 6 years ago

      The Arabic language is a very rich language and when you learn it you would know a lot of great things such as the Arabs history and their way of thinking and what affects the style of their life .If you want to learn Arabic very well you should read the holy book of Quraan which is a reference in that respect even for the christian Arabs.

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      Jerry G2 6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Hey ocbill,

      Thanks for the comment! I agree: the tapes were all there were when I was in high school, and I was out of college before the really good language learning software packages came out. And I agree about immersion: its amazing what you can learn when surrounded by the language. Thanks for the comment!

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      ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      These programs are great! A far cry from the cassette tapes in the 90s. Yeah, I am a relic. To further getting a grasp of the language, if you can: visit the country(ies) read foreign newspapers, watch foreign TV shows (ALL online). It really helps you to get a better ear and pronounce better if you are determined. It helped me but Rosetta Stone stuff is top-notch and worth it.