Wondering how to learn Arabic fast? Or what the best app to learn Arabic is? In just 3 months I plan to learn to speak Arabic in just 20 minutes a day. Hear about my challenges, successes and how you can learn too!
I’ve decided to bite the bullet and learn a dream language for me. Arabic! I’m going to share with you how to learn Arabic fast with the aid of the best app to learn Arabic, Spoiler alert. It’s Rosetta Stone! The best part? You can get started for free! But more on that later.
I’ve also included a bunch of useful Egyptian Arabic phrases for you to use in your travels. Keep reading!
I’m a perfectionist and my harshest critic. I’m constantly challenging and pushing myself to do better and excel in whatever I set my mind too. Plus, I’m as stubborn as hell. When I set my mind to something I have to give 110%.
I guess that’s the Italian testa dura in me.
I don’t think I’ve ever set myself a bolder personal challenge than I have with learning Arabic.
Earlier this year I booked a trip to the land of the pharaoh. That’s right, I’m off to Egypt! The land of one of the most advanced civilisations, hieroglyphics, the Nile, and teenage pharaoh King Tut.
So why the obsession with Arabic?
Every since I was 9 years old I dreamed of going to Egypt to see the Great Pyramids of Giza. I dreamed of tracing the history of so many historical figures I’d seen immortalised in Hollywood’s golden era of blockbusters like Cleopatra and The Ten Commandments, and more recently The Mummy.
Even though I’ve been travelling the world for the past 12 years, for whatever reason, I’ve never fulfilled my childhood dream. Now this dream has turned into a passion project.
If you’re a regular follower of The Intrepid Guide, you’ll know that I’m a firm believer in learning the local lingo before travelling to a foreign land. Even learning a few basic phrases can dramatically alter how you see and experience a place.
There’s nothing like sharing those moments where you bond with locals over as you apologetically fumble through their language with a smile on face. There’s a special kind of connection that forms when the other person knows you’ve taken the time to try and communicate with them in their language, albeit mispronounced.
With this in mind, I’ve set myself the challenge of learning one of the most foreign languages to a native English speaker. I’m going to learn Arabic! …or at least try my very hardest. My odds are pretty good since I’m teamed up the best app to learn Arabic with, Rosetta Stone.
Psst, I’ve already started sharing my progress with three vlogs. Keep scrolling 😉
With three months up my sleeve before I jet off, I’ve set my sights on learning as much as I can in so I can carry out basic tasks like ordering a falafel (obviously!), introducing myself, and asking how someone is, and exchange general pleasantries.
Whilst there are various spoken forms of Arabic, I’m somewhat lucky in that the most common and widely understood is Egyptian Arabic.
How will I learn Arabic?
I’ve chosen Rosetta Stone because it’s well-suited to learning a language like Arabic. Arabic is language that is very unfamiliar to English natives and harder to get started with using traditional learning techniques. Rosetta Stone is also the father of language learning apps so I’m confident it will be able to guide me through this linguist feat.
I’ll be booting up the Rosetta Stone app each day to complete a few exercises and work my way through their unit. I know it will be a steep learning curve as I acquaint my ear with the tones and sounds of Arabic. I might even find some cool Arabic music to break things up a bit. Got any suggestions?
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Rosetta Stone really is the best app to learn Arabic with. So, if you decide to join in on the language challenge, I’d love to hear how you progress.
Here is Part One!
Here’s Part Two!
Watch as I order lunch in Arabic and visit the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum.
Here’s Part Three!
Watch as I haggle in Arabic!
So, what do you think? Got a question? Leave a comment below.
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Basic Arabic Words for Beginners
And just to make things even easier for you, I’ve collated a bunch of basic Arabic words for beginners so you can hit the ground running. These Egyptian Arabic phrases even come with a pronunciation guide because that’s just the kind of girl I am.
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|Hello||أهلا/ مرحبا.||marhaban / ahlan|
|Good morning||صباح الخير||sabāh el-khair|
|Good evening||مساء الخير||masā’ el-khair|
|Good night||تصبح على خير||tisbah `ala khair|
|Good night (in response)||وانت من اهل الخير||wa-anta min ahl el-khair|
|Goodbye (informal)||باي باي||bāy bāy|
|Peace be with you. (formal)||السلام عليكم||as-salāmu `alaykum|
|Thank you [very much].||شكرا جزيلا||shukran [jazīlan].|
|How are you?||كيف حالك؟||kaif(a) hālak? (male singular)|
kaif(a) hālik? (female singular)
|Very good||جيد جدا||jayyid jiddan|
|Fine, thank you||بخير, شكرا||bi-khair shukran|
|Please||من فضلك.||min fadlak (male)|
min fadlik (female)
|Thank you (very much)||شكرا جزيلا||shukran [jazīlan].|
|What is your name?||اسمك ايه||esmak ēh?|
ismak? (to a male)
ismik? (to a female)
|My name is ______||اسمي||ismi|
|Nice to meet you||تشرفنا||tasharrafna lit. “You honor us”|
|Excuse me (getting attention)||لو سمحت||law samaht|
|I’m sorry||انا اسفه / انا اسف||ana āsif (male)|
ana āsifa (female)
|I can’t speak Arabic [well]||لا اتكلم عربي جيدا||Lā atakallam `arabi [jayyidan]|
|Do you speak English?||هل تتكلم الانجليزية||hal tatakallam el-ingliziyya?|
|Is there someone here who speaks English?||حد بيتكلم انجليزي؟||had beyetkallem ingelīzi?|
|How much is this?||بكم هذا||bi-kam hādha|
|Where are you from?||من أين أنت||min ayn anta|
|What is this?||ما هذا؟||mā hādha?|
|Monday||يوم الاثنين||(yaum) el-ithnayn|
|Tuesday||يوم الثلاثاء||(yaum) eth-thulātha|
|Wednesday||يوم الأربعاء||(yaum) el’arbi`a’|
|Thursday||يوم الخميس||(yaum) el-khamīs|
|Friday||يوم الجمعة||(yaum) el-jum`a|
|Saturday||يوم السبت||(yaum) es-sabt|
|Sunday||يوم الأحد||(yaum) el’ahad)|
|Turn left / Turn right||لف يمين / لف يسار||lif yasser / lif yameen|
|Wait / stay||انتظر||intadhir|
|Straight ahead||على طول||`ala tūl|
|Here / There||هناك / هنا||huna / hunāk|
|Go / Stop||وقف / ذهب||dhahaba / waqif|
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