Learning how to speak Arabic fluently, confidently, and naturally is an achievable goal. Even though every Arabic learner is different, there are several easy ways to improve in a reasonably short period of time.
1. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Your goal from learning Arabic is to deliver a message, not speak perfectly. You should know here that even native Arabic speakers make mistakes with grammar and vocabulary. However, making mistakes helps to avoid them later. So, you can learn from your mistakes.
“Do you know what a foreign accent is? It’s a sign of bravery.” Amy Chua
2. Don’t be shy to ask questions
When you learn Arabic, every question that comes to your mind is a logical question. There is no silly or non-sense question. So never be shy about asking questions, whatever their type or number. More questions mean more knowledge and deeper learning.
“The greatest gift is not being afraid to question.” Ruby Dee
3. Practice by communication
The more you practice, the more you master the language. Practicing here is not only to review information but to use the language in communication. So look for opportunities to communicate with Arabs and test out your spoken Arabic. For instance, make friendships with Arabs, join Arabs clubs, attend Arabs events, and/or use apps that have conversations feature or provide a way to speak Arabic and get feedback from native speakers.
“An ounce of practice is generally worth more than a ton of theory.” E. F. Schumacher
4. Listen and Watch
Listening to Arabic songs and watching Arabic TVs are great methods to improve your language quickly. By listening to real Arabic conversations you learn more vocabulary and idioms. Therefore, you will be able to express yourself in Arabic and join conversations more fluently and confidently. So, listening to more Arabic will increase your ability to speak better Arabic.
“Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club – the community of speakers of that language.” Frank Smith
5. Think in Arabic
If you want to transfer from speaking good Arabic to great Arabic you need to think in the language. So, when you speak Arabic don’t think in your first language then you translate to Arabic. Think in Arabic! Initially, it will be difficult, but after some time you will become proficient in switching between speaking Arabic and your native language.
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.” Flora Lewis
6. Talk to yourself
Stand in front of the mirror and talk to yourself in Arabic. Talk about what happened today at work, who you met in the supermarket, what you think about a particular matter. Talk to yourself as if you were talking to someone else. Ask yourself some questions in Arabic and answer those questions. It may seem funny at first, but it will be fun later. It’s a great way to learn and use new and different expressions. This method will also enable you to notice your mistakes and correct them.
“Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
7. Record yourself
Record yourself speaking Arabic. Choose a topic and talk about it. Any simple topic works, like a favorite hobby, a place you like to go to, a country you would travel to, someone you like, etc. After that, listen to or watch the recording, and take notes. These notes will help you to recognize your mistakes and avoid them.
8. Travel to an Arab country
If you have the possibility to travel to an Arab country, this would be a great way to practice what you have learned in the language. In addition, you will learn many new expressions and develop thinking and interacting skills in Arabic.
“Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
9. Play with tongue twisters
Tongue twisters help improve your diction and spelling by noticing the difference in the spelling of similar-sounding words. It also teaches you to speak faster. There are punches of Arabic tricky sayings that help for this purpose.
10. Be proud of your progress
Every time you do one of those tips is an achievement. You will improve your skills with every interaction you have, no matter how small. Be proud of your accomplishments and keep progressing.
“Be proud of yourself when you do keep going!” Lindsey Vonn
These tips help provide the best way to start speaking Arabic and then to take your Arabic speaking skills to the next level.