Want to learn Arabic? 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’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 now. But more on that later.
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.
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.
So, how will I be learning Arabic? Well, I’ve teamed up with Rosetta Stone, the father of language learning apps to guide me through this linguist feat.
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.
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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