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Posted: 4/30/2009 6:43:37 AM EDT
I'm thinking about learning some Arabic for a project at work.

How difficult is it to learn to a conversational level?
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 6:45:02 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2009 6:46:23 AM EDT by peekay]
YALLAH MOFO!




I hear it's up there with Chinese to get conversational.
 
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 6:47:33 AM EDT
You have massive skills if you can learn Arabic: 1) as an adult; 2)without it being a full time task
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 6:48:15 AM EDT
lalalalalalalala lalala lalala alalalalala lalalalal alalala lalala alalal alalal jihad


How did I do?
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 6:50:36 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
lalalalalalalala lalala lalala alalalalala lalalalal alalala lalala alalal alalal jihad

How did I do?


The whole thing?
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 6:51:08 AM EDT
Durka durka..  Bakalakalakalaka Mohammad Jihad!!

Link Posted: 4/30/2009 6:52:20 AM EDT
"Dirka dirka mohammad jihad!"

Arabic is very hard to speak and you can forget about reading it without going to Monterrey!
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 7:00:51 AM EDT
Hmm...  I was thinking Rosetta Stone...
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 7:11:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Brohawk:
Hmm...  I was thinking Rosetta Stone...

I have done some Arabic stuff on Rossetta and it is a pretty good program.

I am going to hit it hard this summer though because I am studying it in college.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 7:13:21 AM EDT
Rosetta Stone is like a massive boost (better than Berlitz and other language tapes/books) but it still falls far short of actual 24/7 immersion!
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 7:18:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Brohawk:
Hmm...  I was thinking Rosetta Stone...


That is an excellent idea.  Spend an hour a day at the least and you will progress quite well.  Give it at least 6 months to a year and you will have the basic understandings down.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 7:23:36 AM EDT
hell no, had a hard enough time learning spanish
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 7:26:17 AM EDT
Arabic, Motherfucker...do you speak it?

Link Posted: 4/30/2009 8:25:22 AM EDT
نكح كنت أنا وانت حمار 1،000 مرات
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 8:41:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By NotDeaf:
نكح كنت أنا وانت حمار 1،000 مرات


I have absolutely no idea if I should find that encouraging.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 8:42:54 AM EDT
I know a couple words and one letter.
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 8:57:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/30/2009 8:59:41 AM EDT by Fearlessleader01]
مرحبا      

I've been taking it the past 2 semesters in college and used Rosetta stone for about a month before that.

The alphabet isn't bad once you learn it and understand the sounds the letters make. Understanding and being able to make each letters sound is key.

From there pronouncing whole words isn't very difficult once you learn both the short and vowels.

I can say and understand simple functional phrases but making sentences is still difficult. My vocabulary isn't big enough and my grammar skills need work.

The grammar and conjugation has alot of similarities with Spanish when you start but after that it becomes much more in depth.

You could probably learn simple conversational phrases within a month, but don't expect to be able to make up sentences of your own.
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