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I was just wondering if anyone else in homeschool cyberspace is tackling Arabic as the FL? If so, do you use a specific text for kids? We're just using worksheets from kids Arabic books from the Middle East, with our tutor. Which dialect are you teaching?

 

 

We're not, but you may wish to try on another forum because I know there are others doing this. Try the K-8 and/or the high school forums.

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My children take Arabic online, but I am much like Kate we use multiple Arabic Curriculums to review what they learn in class. For the younger children I use Arabic Without Tears and for the older children, our number one is Medinah Arabic Series and I supliment with Gateway to Arabic. I also, use some online resources and games.

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I am just starting out learning Arabic, not sure which of my children will yet.

I have the 3 levels of Rosetta Stone and also various materials a friend from Saudi Arabia sent me. I was also fortunate enough to find a 3 volume set of childrens Arabic - phonics workbooks on ebay.

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Slight hijack - how difficult is Arabic to learn? Our church has a lot of Arabic-speaking people and I'd like to be able to converse with them a bit, but I'm intimidated by the alphabet/script. Does Arabic have a really steep learning curve?

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If you're going for conversational Arabic, simply to be able to talk and not to necessarily read/write, I don't think it's any more difficult than any other language.

 

The script is a hurdle. But once you get beyond that, it is straightforward in the introductory levels. The further you go the more complex, imo. But getting over the initial difficulty of learning a new script is a challenge. I can remember identifying so well with a kg-er who is just learning to read when I first started learning Arabic. You know the letters of the alphabet, you know the sounds they make, but it's like it is conscious knowledge, and you need it to be unconscious; so that when you read it just flows naturally instead of you having to think so hard about what sound each letter is making, kwim?

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You may check with a local mosque or Arabic church to see if they give lessons. Our kids attend lessons on sunday afternoons with native speaking Arabic children which helps a lot.

My husband is from Morocco so we are learning the Moroccan dialect, but we use Rosetta Stone Arabic which is a more classical universal Arabic as well. It gets confusing sometimes, but when we are in Morocco we all resort to the local dialect easily.

I had a private teacher who went through the curriculum (he is a retired teacher from Syria) that he designed. I learned to read and write (Well, I learned then). Now I am working on the actual language.

Arabic is not hard once you have a knowledge of the characters and sounds. Then it is just a matter of memorization and using the language.

I would like to find an easy to use program that my husband could use to teach the kids on a regular basis.

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