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Arabic Words

Learn words and phrases in Arabic using the award-winning Rosetta Stone app.

by Rosetta Stone

Arabic is a language widely used across the Middle East, so learning to speak the language can be extremely helpful for those who work in government, business, or have travel plans in that region.

Arabic may look intimidating at first, however getting a handle on Arabic letters is one of the first steps, and is actually fairly simple. The Arabic alphabet is made up of 28 letters, all consonants. Just as in English, there are different styles to the formation of the letters, but the styling is generally consistent.

It’s important to note that while Arabic does share similar sounds with English, there are also a few sounds in Arabic that don’t exist at all in other languages. A few hard consonants sound raspier than their English counterparts and vowel sounds may be held twice as long depending on their placement in the word. There are also consonants which are both voiced and voiceless. This may be tricky to get the hang of at first, and involve whether or not you hold the sound in your throat or make it primarily in your mouth. Here’s how you would generally say “How are you?” and a few Arabic words.

  • How are you?” = “كيف حالك؟” (kayf halik)
  • Cheers = في صحتك
  • You can do it! = “أحسنت، لقد أصبت !”

With Rosetta Stone’s immersive approach called Dynamic Immersion, you’ll learn the language, not just the Arabic words. This approach is effective in that we prepare you to use your new language in your everyday life. So it’s not just about the features, but what you’re able to do because of them. You’ll be primed to handle any situation with ease and confidence.

Learning Arabic

As with many languages, Arabic is considered to be quite difficult to learn by westerners. But with the language in such great demand, there’s no better time to put forth that effort. Let Rosetta Stone help. With our approach and practice on your part, you can gain the confidence to learn and speak Arabic .

Rosetta Stone has over 25 years of language learning experience. We concentrate on teaching Modern Standard Arabic, which is the official written and spoken language in over 25 countries. As pronunciation can be one of the most challenging aspects of learning Arabic, a patented speech-recognition engine called TruAccent is used in every Arabic language lesson. With TruAccent, we compare your voice to that of native Arabic speakers, and provide feedback so you can quickly improve your ability to speak and understand Arabic. TruAccent can be a powerful tool in your learning journey.

After beginning learners have the basic building blocks of speaking Arabic, they can move on to the longer phrases that are the fundamentals of conversation. Rosetta Stone has 10-minute lessons which are built according to this approach, structuring vocabulary acquisition in context with real-world situations, and resulting in the ability to speak Arabic with confidence.

You will also be able to surround yourself with Arabic wherever you are and at your convenience using the Rosetta Stone mobile app . Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in at your leisure. The best part is that you don’t have to choose between using the app or desktop version as both are a part of your subscription and remain in sync, allowing you to switch between devices seamlessly.

Try Our Award-Winning App

Surround yourself with Arabic whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .

Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .

The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.

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