5 Ways To Improve Your Arabic Speaking Skills

Speaking is usually the #1 weakness for all Arabic learners. This is a common issue among language learners everywhere. The reason for this is obvious: When language learners first start learning a language, they usually start with reading. They read online articles, books, information on apps and so on. If they take a class, they spend 20% of their time repeating words, and 80% of the time reading the textbook, doing homework or just listening to a teacher. So, if you spend most of your time reading instead of speaking, you might get better at reading but your speaking skills never grow. You get better at what you focus on.
So if you want to improve you speaking skills, you need to spend more of your study time on speaking. Here are five tips to help you get started:

1. Read out loud If you’re listening to a lesson and reading along, read out loud. Then re-read and speed up your tempo. Do this again and again until you can speak faster. Try your best to pronounce the words correctly, but don’t obsess about it. Read swiftly, emote and put some inflection on the sentences. Reading aloud helps to train the muscles of your mouth and diaphragm to produce unfamiliar words and sounds.

2. Prepare things to say ahead of time. As you may know from experience, most learners run out of things to say. But, if you prepare lines ahead of time, you won’t be at a loss for words in conversations. This will help you not only to learn how to say the words, but how to say them in the right context.

3. Use shadowing (repeat the dialogues as you hear them). Shadowing is an extremely useful tool for increasing fluency as well as improving your accent and ability to be understood. Shadowing helps create all the neural connections in your brain to produce those words and sentences quickly and accurately without having to think about it. Also, as mentioned in tip #1, shadowing helps develop the muscle memory in all the physical parts responsible for the production of those sounds. Depending on what your primary and target languages are, it’s quite likely that there are a lot of sounds your mouth just isn’t used to producing. Shadowing can be done, for example, when watching TV shows or movies or listening to music.

4. Review again and again. This is the key to perfection, and we can’t emphasize it enough. Most learners don’t review! If you review and repeat lines again and again, you’ll be speaking better, faster and with more confidence.

5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE MISTAKES! You’d be surprised by how many people try to avoid talking! The more you speak, the faster you learn – and that is why you’re learning Arabic. Practice speaking every chance you get: whether it’s ordering coffee, shopping or asking for directions.

January 15, 2020
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Hello, my name is Ahmad. I am from Syria. I live in Russia and I am studying civil engineering here. My native is Arabic. Learning languages and teaching them is one of the most interesting things in my life. I have been learning languages since I was very young. I learned English, Russian, and some French. While I was learning these languages, I faced many problems and difficulties. So what I am saying is; that I can help my students to overcome the problems and difficulties that they might face while they are learning Arabic. I believe that one method does not apply for every student, that's why I do not like to impose anything on my students, instead, I listen to their needs, and start from there. I have taught Arabic to students here in Russia individually, in groups, and in summer schools. Also, I can teach both of Syrian and Egyptian dialect. Waiting for you, and I hope to reach your goals in Arabic together.
Flag
Arabic
globe
Syria
time
87
Speaks:
Arabic
Native
,
Russian
C1
,
English
C1
Hello, my name is Ahmad. I am from Syria. I live in Russia and I am studying civil engineering here. My native is Arabic. Learning languages and teaching them is one of the most interesting things in my life. I have been learning languages since I was very young. I learned English, Russian, and some French. While I was learning these languages, I faced many problems and difficulties. So what I am saying is; that I can help my students to overcome the problems and difficulties that they might face while they are learning Arabic. I believe that one method does not apply for every student, that's why I do not like to impose anything on my students, instead, I listen to their needs, and start from there. I have taught Arabic to students here in Russia individually, in groups, and in summer schools. Also, I can teach both of Syrian and Egyptian dialect. Waiting for you, and I hope to reach your goals in Arabic together.
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