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napoleon
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 Message 17 of 104
09 March 2014 at 10:42pm | IP Logged 
FSI Modern Written Arabic Book 1
I finished lesson 3.
My reading comprehension is fine. It is just that when I listen to the tapes, I can understand the individual words. But I fail to grasp what the words mean when they are put together.

Madinah Book 1
I finished the exercises for lesson 4A and started lesson 5.
I read the Key first, which is like a study guide for self-learners.
Then, I watched the corresponding video from lqtoronto.com.
Finally, I read the textbook and did the exercises.
The exercises take time. Time spent there is worth the effort, though. I cannot believe how fast I can write Arabic now.
The instructor (DVD), Mr. Meherali, does not confine himself to the textbook. He is teaching concepts I could only find in the later books (Books 2 & 3).
I have watched the first 2 DVDs (out of 9) and he has already taught the 14 pronouns using a song.
He has also started verbs although Book 1 does not explain verbs at all.
He sings. He even tells jokes. What more could I want in a teacher?

Edited by napoleon on 10 March 2014 at 4:18pm



napoleon
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 Message 18 of 104
10 March 2014 at 5:00pm | IP Logged 
When I first started learning Arabic about 3 years ago, I found an excellent verb conjugation table online (they use the same chart at DLI). Unfortunately, I did not know enough Arabic to be able to use it then.
Now that I am studying verbs, I thought it might be useful to have.
I scoured the internet but failed to find a decent copy. Fortunately, I found the old DVD where I had saved it. I have uploaded the file here so that I do not lose it again.

Edited by napoleon on 12 March 2014 at 8:39pm

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napoleon
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 Message 19 of 104
10 March 2014 at 11:04pm | IP Logged 
I just completed the exercises for lesson 5 (Madinah Arabic Book 1)

Edited by napoleon on 10 March 2014 at 11:45pm



napoleon
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 Message 20 of 104
11 March 2014 at 12:42am | IP Logged 
I wrote in Arabic for the first time on lang8 and it got corrected within 3 minutes.
Yeah! :-)



napoleon
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 Message 21 of 104
11 March 2014 at 11:23pm | IP Logged 

I am posting a page from my diary to show what my handwriting looks like. Eventually, I want to write in the elegant ruq3ah script.

English Translation:
This is Napoleon's handwriting.
Is this ruq3ah?
No, this is Napoleon's handwriting.
Who wrote it?
Napoleon wrote it.
And where did you write?
I wrote in the notebook.
Is Napoleon's handwriting beautiful?
No, it is ugly.

Edited by napoleon on 11 March 2014 at 11:36pm

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nancydowns
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 Message 22 of 104
12 March 2014 at 4:46pm | IP Logged 
Hello! I just came upon this thread, and it's what I have been looking for! I feel
like you all are way ahead of me, so I am not sure if you will want me to join. :-)
Also, I am using different sources. I started by watching Maha's videos on YouTube and
recently ordered "Mastering Arabic" by Wightwick and Gaafar. I have looked at the FSI
MWA course, and I would like to start that.

I am like a kindergartner right now because I know the letters, but I can't read words,
I can only read one letter at a time, so I am incredibly slow! I am hoping that with
practice this script will get into my brain more so that I will start being able to
read words, not a letter at a time.

I am learning MSA, but my main interest for colloquial will eventually be Eastern.
However, for now, I am just wanting to focus on MSA.

Nancy

Edited to add: Just as a side note, I am not learning Arabic for religious reasons, so
I am interested in MSA rather than classical. If I can fit into your log group, I
would be very glad to be included, but I understand if you'd like to limit it to people
who are studying similar materials for similar reasons. Thanks!

Edited by nancydowns on 12 March 2014 at 5:12pm

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napoleon
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 Message 23 of 104
12 March 2014 at 6:13pm | IP Logged 
nancydowns wrote:
Hello! I just came upon this thread, and it's what I have been looking for! I feel
like you all are way ahead of me, so I am not sure if you will want me to join. :-)

On the contrary, it would be a pleasure to have you join our group. We are all beginners. I am what you'd call a false beginner, but a beginner none the less. :-)

Quote:

I am like a kindergartner right now because I know the letters, but I can't read words,
I can only read one letter at a time, so I am incredibly slow! I am hoping that with
practice this script will get into my brain more so that I will start being able to
read words, not a letter at a time.

Have you tried the 'Mastering Arabic Script' book by Wightwick and Gafaar? It really helped me when I was learning the script.
Quote:

I am learning MSA, but my main interest for colloquial will eventually be Eastern.
However, for now, I am just wanting to focus on MSA.

Nancy

Edited to add: Just as a side note, I am not learning Arabic for religious reasons, so
I am interested in MSA rather than classical.

Both Dina and I are learning MSA, while David is studying Egyptian Arabic.
My own interests are not religious at all. All I want is to be able to understand the Arabic news on TV. :-)
The only reason I chose the Madinah book is because the lqtoronto lectures use this book.
This book is impossible to study on your own.

Welcome to the group.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. We'll do our best to help.
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nancydowns
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 Message 24 of 104
12 March 2014 at 7:04pm | IP Logged 
Thank you very much Napoleon! I did learn the script using Maha's videos, so I recognize
all of the letters and can come up with them on my own, my problem as of right now is
reading. I read somewhere that you should try to memorize words like a picture so that
whenever you see that word, you'll know what it means without having to go letter by
letter through the word. Is that what you do? I know I need patience because I am just
beginning! But when I look at a page full of Arabic script, I feel tired! :-) So I did
look at the Madinah book, and I got scared! Ha! But maybe I can pick up on it after a
few more lessons of Mastering Arabic.


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