The mid-year of 2014 when I decided to work in the Middle East The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I have limited knowledge about the country and the most difficult part is the language. Well, of course, I was eager to learn the language and be an expert of it. I remember when I first came in Saudi Arabia with only English language that I can speak to the local. However, it leads me to the language barrier that I cannot understand even a single word but only gestures. That was horrible and I was desperate to learn it.
My job is in line with customer service so I need to talk to customers right? I got a coveted job from a logistics company that allows me to connect with various clients across the kingdom with no knowledge of Arabic. Below are ways on how to learn Arabic in just less than a year!
Listen and Watch Arabic Songs and Videos
There are a lot of ways to learn Arabic. Patience is must, however, watching YouTube videos or basic Arabic lessons would help you to converse Arabic that is being used every day. Learning new language is an investment for yourself. Believe me I speak Spanish, however, Arabic is a language that I found interesting. You may watch songs of a Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred’s LM3ALLEM , a famous Omani song Salah Sadjali, lessons in Arabic for basic conversation channel, and my favorite of all is the lessons in Arabic of Shayk Munaf.
Enroll in Language School for Expatriates
Enrolling myself to language school is the most interesting part of my Arabic learning. I stumbled in a language school which allows me to learn the language from basic to advance. I was able to immerse my Arabic skills in a different perspective as an expat.
The most important of all is Quran recitation. Quran is my reference word by word. The most priceless is the memorization of surahs- from Al-Fatihah that makes my spirit more credible.
Practice Makes Perfect
Yeah, that’s right. Speaking basic Arabic words will immerse your conversational skills. I tell you why. Even you will study the Arabic language in the university will not help you to become fluent. Immersion is the best way to do it. I work as a customer service executive so I engage in resolving customer service issues and conversing in Arabic from scratch to advance helps me a lot. There are times that I could not understand the customer but I learned from him in doing it every day.