Questions about Arabic
I'm thinking of taking up Arabic, and I would like to learn this one with lingQ. Now I wondered if below the Arabic script you could somehow show the pronunciation in the latin alphabet. Or should I learn the script beforehand, and then just listen?
Also, I noticed that there is a big difference between the different dialects, so I wondered what will the texts on lingQ be? How do I decide, which dialect to learn? Will I be understood by speakers from other regions, if I "just" pick Modern Standard Arabic?
September 18 at 19:57
As for the script, it would be best just to learn it. It's not hard. I found a book years ago that introduced the script a few letters at a time and used those to build a basic vocabulary and rudimentary sentences. The focus was definitely on the script, though. That seemed to work well for me. I don't remember the title, but if you look up "Arabic script" on Amazon you'll find lots to choose from.
Adding a Latin transliteration is not something Lingq could implement any time soon, I'm sure, and it would be distracting and of limited use in my opinion.
Full disclosure: I really don't know Arabic. I worked through the the aforementioned book, and I took once-a-week evening classes in Arabic for two semesters. That gives me some experience to share with learning the script and some knowledge of how it is used, but it's been a while, and I've forgotten most grammar and vocabulary. Still it's nice when I see Arabic or Farsi to be able to see something more than scribbles.September 19 at 15:06
You should definitely learn the script. It's not that hard to learn, though it does look dreadful. Being able to read at a decent pace is another matter entirely.
Except if you have access to people from a specific region, or are only interested in a particular country, it is wiser to start with MSA.September 20 at 07:40