The Arabic language is the language of the Holy Qu’ran. While it’s not the easiest of language to comprehend, it will reveal its beauty and mesmerise you with its charm once you’ve unlocked its secrets.
Based on my own research done over the past 2 years, I have concluded that it takes a good 20 hours to be really good at something from practically knowing nothing at all. This theory is applicable when you want to learn the Arabic language as well.
To break it down further, 20 hours is equivalent to 40 minutes a day, every day for a period of one month. No matter how busy your day is, you can definitely set aside 40 minutes a day to sit down and learn the Arabic language. You will be pleasantly surprised to see how good you can be in a very short timeframe.
The key to learning the Arabic language in just 20 hours is to follow a method of sitting down, having the intention to learn something totally new, and doing it the most effective and efficient manner possible. This method has 5 simple steps which are easy to follow.
1. First, decide which aspect of the Arabic language you wish to learn. Is it the pronunciation? Or will it be its syntax?
If you were to tell yourself in front of a mirror “I did this thing that I’ve always wanted to do,” what will it sound like?
The more clarity you have in your ability to define the aspect of the Arabic language that you wish to conquer, the easier it is for you to accomplish your end goal in the most efficient manner possible. I term this as a ‘target performance level’. How well are you performing, and what does your performance look like at the moment?
2. The second thing to note is to deconstruct the skill of learning the Arabic language. Many skills are in fact the product of other sub-skills put together and executed in synergy. It is very much like golf, where driving off the tee and chipping on the green are two distinctly separate skills, but are of equal importance if you want to be able to play the game of golf well.
As such, try to break down the learning of the Arabic language into smaller parts where you’ll get to prioritise and practise the most important sub-skills which you are going to utilise first. This allows you to zoom into the practice sessions that you require which will eventually return the performance that you are looking for.
3. Next comes researching. Research deeper into learning the Arabic language so you are able to better identify the most important sub-skills in achieving it. Complement it with having a greater understanding of the language and self-correcting yourself as you go along. You can utilise books, courses, DVDs, trainers, people, and many more resources to assist you in doing the initial deconstruction and make you have a better overview of the sub-skills necessary in helping you learn to the Arabic language as fast as possible.
However, here’s the caveat. Do not allow this research stage to develop a sense of procrastination in itself. It’s best to pick out a few resources on the Arabic language and go through them briefly. What you are looking out for in this initial research stage is to identify ideas that comes up repeatedly. Only then will you know which concepts and techniques are more important than the others. These are the things that you should be aware of so that you can do self-correction as you go along with your practice, which inevitably makes them the sub-skills that you ought to prioritise.
4. Is removing the barriers to practice which eventually will make it easier for you to sit down and get better in learning the Arabic language.
There are plenty of distractions in our daily lives. From the television to the Internet and social media, right down to our own family members and friends, they’re all factors that can distract your practice process. Thus it is important to ensure that you are not distracted by external factors. Switch off the TV, block the Internet, close the door and turn off your mobile phone. Remove these distractions and make sure you can fully focus on becoming better at learning the Arabic language as much as possible.
5. If you are able to do anything that makes it easier for you to practice, then do it. Instead of relying on your willpower to sit down all the time, use just a little of that to make it easier for you to learn the Arabic language. Which scenario makes it easier for you to practise: picking up the Qu’ran that’s next to you, sitting on the study table that you are usually on, or taking it out of the bookcase which is on the other side of the house?
By making things easier for you, it also becomes easier to remind yourself that practising the Arabic language is a priority and eventually makes it easier for you to pick up the Qu’ran and kick-start your session. It will be really beneficial for you if you are able to remove any barriers that inhibits your desire in learning the Arabic language. It helps you to do what you have already decided to do.
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