Learning Arabic by relying on French will never make you Arabic-speaking.
This approach limits you and keeps you in a translation-based thinking pattern.
Just imagine: You first think of your sentences in English, then translate them into Arabic in your head.
Can you visualize the process?
Do you think you can become bilingual or even speak Arabic fluently with this methodology?
It’s not natural for the brain, and this learning pedagogy is limited.
Free immersion (without a framework, objective, or pathway) will certainly help you progress but not as fast as expected.
So, we have developed what we like to call “Controlled Immersion”.
“Don’t be discouraged by the fact that everything is in Arabic: It’s the strong point of the center! You will understand Arabic directly without needing to translate in your head. You will listen and understand it naturally in sha Allah as if you were an Arabic speaker 🙂
I live in England today, and I learned English in France at school. When I arrived here, I spoke English and only understood it by translating everything in my head. IT WAS a disaster lol, but with Arabic, it was much easier Al Hamdulilhah
In summary, I recommend the center to everyone and advise you to persevere in your efforts. You will be surprised at the professionalism of the administration and the teachers.” – Abou Moussa (Finished our “Al Kaamil” program)
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have demonstrated that « learning through immersion in the English language allows the creation of brain connections similar to native English speakers. However, the audio material must be authentic. In other words, you must be facing people for whom the language is native. » (Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience – M.I.T).
To effectively learn the Arabic language, you must immerse yourself in it with a native speaker.
According to another study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, it has been proven that people who learn a language through immersion progress up to twice as fast as those who rely on traditional classroom courses (Berkeley Language Center – University of California, Berkeley). Immersion thus promotes faster and deeper learning.
Based on our long experience in the field (+20 years, including 17 years online), learning the Arabic language using English keeps you stagnating at a beginner’s level.
Over the last few years, we have welcomed numerous students who had spent years learning the Arabic language using English.
You can imagine their reaction when they discovered their actual level after starting our curriculum.
Save your time and money and choose the immersion method to learn the Arabic language.
“I studied the Arabic language throughout my childhood until the beginning of my adolescence in a mosque school. I thought I had a very good level and was quite confident. I even taught my husband how to read.
But by starting the 100% Arabic program, I found myself at the lowest level! I was unable to name the letters of the alphabet (I didn’t even know that their name was written!!) and, of course, I was unable to converse in Arabic, even just to introduce myself…
What a waste of time… With the Arabic program, in less than a month, I had already made a stunning leap and could make myself understood by my teacher. This is what convinced me of the effectiveness of the immersion method” – Ummu Luqman
According to Krashen, a renowned linguist, language acquisition occurs naturally and intuitively when one is immersed in an environment where the target language is commonly spoken (Krashen, 1981).
When you are constantly surrounded by native speakers, whether online or in real life, you are forced to understand and speak Arabic to communicate.
This intensive process stimulates your brain and strengthens the neural connections necessary for the acquisition of the Arabic language as we have seen above.
In the past, immersion meant traveling to an Arab-speaking country and exposing yourself as much as possible to various everyday life situations.
With the internet, partial and voluntary immersion is facilitated.
You can visit websites in Arabic, watch videos in Arabic, listen to the news in Arabic, and set your phone and computer to Arabic…
The more you are exposed, the faster you will learn.
And to effectively and quickly learn Arabic online, you will need to choose the pedagogical model of controlled immersion (with a pathway, framework, and objective).
One of the keys to language learning is to regularly receive feedback on your skills.
Immersion provides you with authentic and quick feedback from the Arabic-speaking teacher, which will help you improve your pronunciation, grammar, and syntax (Long, 1996).
By regularly conversing with your Arabic-speaking teacher, you will be able to identify your mistakes and work on the areas that need improvement.
“As most students point out, the strong point of this Center is that the student evolves very quickly in oral expression and can thus communicate with the teachers from the first sessions.” – Oum Imrane
Learning a language can sometimes be difficult, especially when you don’t immediately see the progress made.
Immersion, on the other hand, puts you in a situation where you must constantly use Arabic to communicate.
This constant pressure acts as a motor, prompting you to continually improve your language skills (Dörnyei, 2001).
The more progress you make in Arabic, the more you will realize that a new world opens up to you.
You will be able to learn your religion from the source, you will no longer be dependent on translations.
And that is priceless.
“I understand Arabic well, I no longer need a translation, I can even directly ask questions to the scholars, I only read religious books in Arabic, and it’s really a delight!! … I really wonder what level I would have had if I hadn’t done Al Kunuz!!????” – Abu Jannet (completed our “Al Kaamil” program)”
– Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience – M.I.T (2012). Explicit and Implicit Second Language Training Differentially Affect the Achievement of Native-like Brain Activation Patterns
– Krashen, S. (1981). Second language acquisition and second language learning. Oxford: Pergamon.
– Long, M. H. (1996). The role of linguistic environment in second language acquisition. In W. Ritchie & T. Bhatia (Eds.), Handbook of second language acquisition (pp. 413-468). New York: Academic Press.
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