There is nothing better than the excitement and thrill that comes with arriving in a new country and discovering the sites, the cities, and the culture.
Of course, not everyone has the opportunity or option to travel to a different country to experience everything firsthand. The good news is that you don’t have to go anywhere to explore the world through a new language.
That may not sound quite as exciting as packing your bags and flying to Egypt, but go with us on this one. There is actually a lot of great fun to be had as you learn the Arabic Language.
Learning a New Language Is an Adventure
Even if you can’t go to an Arabic-speaking country yourself, you can still have your own adventure at home.
Because what is an adventure, if not a learning experience.
An adventure is an opportunity to discover and learn and grow from the things you see and do.
When you begin to learn a second language, you start out not knowing what the world had in store for you. You are coming at it with gusto and excitement and a desire for something new.
There will most certainly be challenges along the way. No worthwhile adventure is ever easy. It may be fun, and rewarding, and memorable, but it’s not easy. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be all that adventurous.
So, always remember: the best adventures and opportunities to experience new and different things start right at home.
Discover the Culture Through Language
Language is tied very closely to the culture. Whether it’s the idioms that have developed over decades or slang that has popped up in the last few years, the way people use words and phrases can tell you a lot more about the country/city/region than you might imagine.
There are a lot of great ways to discover more about a culture when you’re learning Arabic – especially when you’re just getting started.
We often use short stories and other methods to help you learn the language, which help to provide valuable insights into modern life in these cultures. This should also help you to understand more about the culture that these stories came from.
Speak with People in Arabic
Whether you’re in the country or speaking to someone over a video chat, the experience can be equally productive.
As part of our program, students regularly have conversations with native speakers so they can improve their abilities and get real-time feedback on their usage of the language.
These interactions are the perfect opportunity to learn more about the country. Simple conversations open up great opportunities to hear stories of what it was like growing up in an Arabic-speaking country, what it’s like to live there now, and a wide range of other related topics.
In fact, this is often better for some language learners. Simply approaching and speaking to someone in a store, at a restaurant, or other public location can be a little daunting. If students are a little more on the introverted side, they likely won’t step outside of their comfort zones in order to put their language skills to the test.
However, if you have a set meeting online, then even the most introverted students will be able to use their language with a native speaker and start finding new ways to immerse themselves in the language while they discover the culture.
Learning the Culture and the Language Simultaneously
While many Arabic language studies focus on modern standard Arabic or Egyptian Colloquial, there is one other form of the language that can really help you gain insights into this part of the world.
Islamic Arabic, or Quranic Arabic, courses are perfect for anyone who wants to understand the language of the Quran and gain new perspectives on how it has influenced the culture and history of the area.
Our classes cover the essential background information on the various surahs so you can really start to understand the historical importance and cultural impact. You will learn the meaning of the verses as well as the grammar and vocabulary being used.
Of course, these classes aren’t just about rote memorization and repetition. You’ll also get to explore this aspect of the culture through a range of interactive activities that help you retain everything you’ve learned.
The Motivation for Exploration
It’s natural to want to get out and explore the world around you. So many of us want to experience something new in far-off locations and be exposed to different ideas and philosophies.
What is it that pushes us toward these explorations?
It could be anything from simple curiosity to a lifelong ambition to travel.
Whatever your motivation, though, the chance to explore the world isn’t always physically possible. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the adventure.
Take the time and the opportunity to explore more of the world by starting to learn Arabic today.