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  • dhak1yya
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    Vocabulary Learning Aids

    This thread is for ideas that help you to learn Arabic. It is moderated so posts will not appear until they have been approved by the moderators, but you may post any systems that you have used to help you learn arabic. Posts may be edited for clarity.

    Flashcards

    Flashcards are simple to make and easy to use, and even making them helps you to learn vocabulary. You can buy index cards from any stationers, and if you cut the small ones (3" by 5") into quarters, you get a perfect sized flashcard.

    One one side you write the word in Arabic, on the other you write the word in English. Check your spelling carefully, you don't want to learn a word wrong because you spelled it wrong on the flashcard! If possible, get someone who speaks Arabic to check them for you. (they might even give you alternative words for the ones you are learning, which are always helpful to know)

    You can use them to test how well you know Arabic words by reading the Arabic word (its best if you read it out loud to practice your pronunciation), saying out loud what it means, then looking at the English on the back to check if you were right. If you don't know what the word means, look on the back and say the word in Arabic a few times whilst imagining the meaning. This helps you to remember the word for next time.

    Similarly you can test how well you can translate from English to Arabic by reading the English word, and saying the Arabic word out loud and checking on the back to see if you got it right. (most people find this way harder than from Arabic to English) - the ones you get wrong, still say them in your head in Arabic whilst imagining the meaning, as before.

    When you go through the flashcards, make two piles, those you got right and those you got wrong. You can double check the ones you got right again if you want. If you know the word so well you'd never get it wrong, put the flashcard away for a bit. Alternatively, the ones in the "words I know" pile, you can go through them the other way (e.g. Arabic to English if you started English to Arabic) to check how well you really know them. Don't ignore the "words I know" pile, because you don't want to forget them!

    What to do with the "words I don't know" pile: if there are just a few words, try making Arabic sentences with those words. When you use words in the proper context, it helps you to remember them. Try making a few different sentences with the same word in it. The more you do this, the easier the word will be to remember. You could also try carrying the flashcards with you and test yourself on them at random times and try to improve how many you get right each time.

    If there are many flashcards in the "words I don't know" pile, then pick a few (six is a good number, but no more than ten) that you want to learn the most. Do the same things with those words as suggested above. Once you feel you have learned these few words really well, return them to your whole pile of flashcards and when you do your flashcards again, you should find the "words I don't know" pile has gotten smaller... again pick just the few you want to learn the most, and keep going until you no longer have a "words I don't know" pile at all (then move onto the next exercise!!)

    Making a picture dictionary
    [purpose:to understand Arabic words in context without thinking in English.]

    This is something else you can do with flashcards in the "words I don't know" pile, and its also something you can do straight away with new lists of vocabulary to learn. It gets bigger and better the more you use it :)

    Very simple, get a piece of plain (not lined) paper, and divide it up into eighths (fold in half, half again, then half again, you'll have eight sections when you open it up) - in each section write the word to be learned and then draw the word. This is very straight forward for most nouns (though it will challenge your artistic skills) but rather more difficult for many verbs and abstract words... however try to think of a way to represent the word, this will help you to learn the word in Arabic without thinking in English. (a very important thing you need to do to develop your understanding of the Arabic language). Each day, look at your picture dictionary, or one or two pages a day (vary it so you get different pages on different days) and read the each word in Arabic whilst looking at the picture. Colouring in your pictures will also help you to learn it, as colour helps the brain to make connections.

    You don't need to divide the paper into eight each time... you might want to learn all words to do with shopping by drawing a big picture of a shopping centre or a market and writing Arabic words next to the things in the picture. This helps you to remember the words in the right context. Also, for learning things like North, South, East and West you can draw a large compass and add the words in the appropriate places. Any time you have new vocabulary to learn, try to find ways to represent the words as pictures and write the words onto the pictures. Add all these to your picture dictionary.

    colour coding flashcards

    you can get different coloured index cards, or packs with four different colours in, from most stationers - alternatively you can use different coloured pens on white flashcards.

    this has to be done carefully, it is good to do this as colour helps learning, however the system needs to be simple and straight forward (e.g. pink for nouns, green for verbs, yellow for adjectives) and it should be to clarify tye type of word (sometimes its only obvious what type of word it is when its in a sentence) - you must make sure you are not in the situation where the system is so complex that the colour gives you a clue to the meaning of the word - because if that happens you are not learning the words properly and you'll be stuck when you come across the word in black ink on white paper.

  • aleem859
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    A few more tips:

    https://www.fluentarabic.net/how-to-...ic-vocabulary/

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  • Quranprogress
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    Re: Vocabulary Learning Aids

    Do you know QuranProgress ?
    It's a mobile application which allows to learn the quran vocabulary easily !

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  • Arsalan
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    Re: Vocabulary Learning Aids

    Originally posted by quranschool29 View Post
    “Learn the Sunnah and learn Arabic; learn the Qur’an in Arabic for it is in Arabic”. Hazrat Umar (RA)Learn Arabic Online
    Do you run that website?

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  • Arabic_Learner
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    Re: Vocabulary Learning Aids

    Check out this website: http://arabicdiaries.com/

    You can learn common arabic phrases and vocabulary. Also, regular motivational articles to keep you going to learn Arabic.

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  • Arabic_Learner
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    Re: Vocabulary Learning Aids

    Check out this website: http://arabicdiaries.com/

    You can learn common arabic phrases and vocabulary. Also, regular motivational articles to keep you going to learn Arabic.

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  • Marcoknieval
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz_WeQqIo8c

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  • musaddif
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    learning the words in quran first is very important, I think.

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  • Camille2016
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    Dear forum members,

    I wonder if anyone knows a page in arabic like this or similar:
    http://www.french-games.net/

    It is very interesting for children and adults as it is so interactive, with pictures, with choice of hearing words as many times as one needs, the exercises, the games.

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  • Aopsra
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    كَفُورًا
    Disbeliever
    কাফিৱ


    http://iio-hhhh.blogspot.com

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  • quranschool29
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    Re: Vocabulary Learning Aids

    “Learn the Sunnah and learn Arabic; learn the Qur’an in Arabic for it is in Arabic”. Hazrat Umar (RA)

    Learn Arabic Online

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  • ansarimawais
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    Assalam alaikum,

    I have developed an iOS Application for Quran urdu word to word translation

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/qura...4669?ls=1&mt=8

    Please check..

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  • elrayoverde
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    Hi,
    I totally agree that flash cards are great idea, especially when somebody starts learning language.

    I have started learning arabic very recently. To have better motivation I have created a site where I keep adding new flash cards (in polish - i am polish, and in arabic).

    If you have time please view it (www.openflashcards.org). I would be really greateful for any feedback that would make my site better.

    Regards,
    Tomek

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  • ZeeshanParvez
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    I would suggested spaced repetition which has backing in research carried out in cognitive psychology. People who learn Chinese often use this system since they have to memorize over 50,000 characters! I have used this technique to consolidate my Quranic Memorization as I have outlined here and am using it to learn vocabulary, fatawas, fiqh, rules pertaining to Science of Hadith, and disease information for my upcoming Medical Exam.

    I can assure there is no better way then to use spaced repetition. It saves time and ensures that what you learn is transferred into long term memory. There are free programs such as Anki and FullRecall which makes use of this phenomenon to allow you to memorize anything. For those interested in reading more about this phenomenon you can read it here. For those who want to download the software and start learning here you can download either Anki or FullRecall.

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