Learning a new language is like learning to play a musical instrument. IT does not happen overnight. It is a gradual process wherein frustration may creep in easily. However you need to keep your spirits up and keep going. Learning Arabic is not like learning just another language. It is tougher and takes more time to get a complete grasp of the language than as compared to the time required to learn some other language.
The process of learning this language is a new experience altogether and it might take months of reading and learning to read and write the language without mistakes but once you are through with it, you would confront with one of the most rewarding feeling and perhaps you would want to go out their and tell people that you can speak and write Arabic. It is something to be proud of.
There are various techniques to learn the language. First up you need to come to terms with the fact that the language is written from right to left unlike any other language. Then you need to understand the way words are pronounced in Arabic. To learn any language it is important to get the ‘feel’ of it and it is not different with Arabic. Interacting with the people who speak this language is the best possible way to learn. You may take lessons initially but you need to expose yourself to an Arabic environment where Arabic is the first language. This does not suggest that this is the only way to learn it but is definitely the most effective and that too once you are through with the basics.
In order to start your Arabic learning stint, you can consult some books on the subject or perhaps get hold of a tutor. Books would teach you to learn the Arabic alphabets and the various phrases that are used often while speaking Arabic. A tutor would perhaps help you understand the pronunciation in a better way. However there are audio CDs available with the books that help you learn easily. Similarly there are a number of websites on the internet that help you with pronunciations and spellings or words and phrases associated with the language.
Arabic is one of the oldest languages known to man. The Quran was originally written in Arabic and if you wish to read the Quran and capture its essence to the core, this is perhaps the right language you ought to learn. Similarly various historical and mythological epic collections and ballads have been written in Arabic.
If you are an avid reader of spirituality then perhaps it would do a whole world of good to you if you get your hands on some of the ancient Arabic books. These books are said to define spirituality to the core and reading these books fills one with immense knowledge.
The language presents you with various opportunities to read stuff that you wouldn’t have ever read before. Similarly in case you plan to go to the Middle East, you would understand the history of the various places in a better way. Communicating with Arabs would be easy and it would perhaps be a wonderful experience if you know how to speak Arabic.