Studying Online

Studying Arabic online is probably one of the most beneficial and convenient but yet overlooked methods to study Arabic.

No matter how many times you try to tell someone that they can benefit immensely from learning Arabic online, very few will even try this method – to their own detriment.

Positives:

1) Study at your own time – Online study programs are amazingly flexible when it comes to time. If you can’t find a time that suits with a particular institute/teacher, just move on until you will the right time. Whether you are a morning person or a night person, whether you wish to study 1 hour or 15 hours a week, you will find that online programs can accommodate your schedule inshaAllah.

Just note, if you do wish to study a large number of hours online, you may need to study with separate teachers or institutes.

2) No need to travel abroad -Studying online is well suited for those without enough funds nor time to completely detach themselves from society to study abroad. This includes studying in your own home, the local library, or with WIFI technology now, you can even study in your car, if you want peace and quiet, as some brothers have done.

By staying at home, this allows you to continue to earn money for the family, pursue your career and continue on with your day to day life in a relatively normal fashion – if you balance your life correctly.

3) Good quality, Good value – The quality and experience of the teachers from a decent institute offering online teaching are good. They are native speakers with native university degrees and normally many hours of teaching experience clocked up. Compared to a typical institute teaching Arabic in the West, the skills of many of these teachers online are much stronger – from my experience.

On top of this, the prices charged range from USD $6 – $20 per hour of private one on one teaching at the very top end. At USD $20 per hour you can probably expect someone with easily 10+ years of experience in teaching Arabic to non-Arabs and probably a PhD in the Arabic language. Remember this will be a one on one private class.

Please note, I am quoting in USD because USD or EUROs are the currencies normally quoted on the websites and when you are negotiating with teachers. Don’t forget this.

4) One on one teaching – Online studies are suited one on one teaching. This means the teacher focuses purely on your academic goals and development. So 1 hour of teaching will mean you will receive 1 hour’s worth of the teacher’s time as opposed to a class of 15-20 students present in your typical university in the Muslim world.

Don’t under estimate the power of one on one teaching. From my experience the progress you can make with one on one teaching would easily be 3-5 times what you would get in a class of 10+ students. But obviously this depends on the students own effort as well.

Negatives:

1) Lack of Immersion – Studying in your home country would mean you will miss out on what many say is an essential part of the language learning experience. Immediately after the lesson you are back speaking your native tongue. It sometimes will feel like you are taking a few steps forward and a step back. You will need to fight harder to revise the material constantly to ensure what you learn is not quickly forgotten.

Immersion definitely helps to accelerate your learning, as you are constantly forced to speak and listen to Arabic. The constant use of the language will help the words seamlessly infuse into your long term memory.

2) No classroom experience – A major drawback of online learning is that you lose the classroom experience. You don’t get to sit down with your colleagues to debate and revise material. Some people really need a cohort to learn with and often learn by constantly socialising what they have learned. If you are one of these, you may find difficult with the online study method.

You may be saying: Yes, I am keen and I am ready to start. I’ve posted some examples of online institutes here:

 

So can I really learn Arabic without traveling?

Yes ———–> A 63 year old learnt Arabic in 2 years

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