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Common Arabic Phrases #1

Language learning is all about practice. Unless you practice and live the language, there's no way you can use the language effectively. Speaking the language gives you the confidence to use the language. Once you pass this stage, you can focus a bit more on grammar. No matter how many years you study grammar, you cannot say confidently that you know any language unless you speak the language. So let's boost some of that confidence, shall we?

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Towards the first step – with Ustaad Ben Saud (Part 1)

Ustaad Benjamin Saud is one of the best Arabic teachers I know of. His understanding of the language and his ability to teach it in a very unique way is what I find truly fascinating. Originally, from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States, Ustaad Ben moved to Al-Madinah about 10 years ago and is a former student of Islamic University of Madinah. He graduated from the Faculty of Da’wah & Fundamentals of the Religion – specialising in Aqeedah (belief/creed).

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What does Allahu Akbar mean?

In recent times, Allahu Akbar has become one of the widely recognised term worldwide, thanks to the media. But what does Allahu Akbar really mean? Is it a war-cry? Does it simply mean God is Great or God is the Greatest? It's a phrase that we, Muslims, hear at least 30 times every day during the call for prayer (Adhan). Let me share something that I recently found out during one of my Arabic class sessions and it truly blew my mind! (pun intended) 

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How to learn any language in six months

A few years ago, I came across a TEDx talk given by Chris Lonsdale on "How to learn any language in six months" and I found it extremely beneficial. Chris Lonsdale has 5 principles and 7 actions to learning any language within six months, based on language modelling method which he calls Rapid Language Acquisition. These principles and actions are very much applicable to learning Arabic as well.