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Searching for the right language teacher for your Arabic studies can, at first, seem very easy. Search online and you'll see Arabic classes taught by 'Native Speakers' all over the place, ready to teach you the language. Because there are over 300 million native Arabic speakers in the world, does that mean that you can just choose any of those 'Native Speakers' to teach you Arabic?
I wouldn't count on it.
If you were to learn English, would you choose any 'ole "Native English Speaker" to teach you everything about the language? Or would you choose someone who really knows the rules of English, who has studied it in depth and knows how to teach it properly? Would you choose that uneducated lad that lives in a Podunk town in the middle of nowhere? Would ya'll learn English from him? Sure, he may be able to teach you that "It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep" but is that really going to help you go study a complex book, a religious text or speak to a professional in your work-field?
As there are many individuals and websites out there that claim to have teachers that are 'Native Arabic Speakers', this doesn't mean that they are or have teachers that have actually studied the Arabic language and how to teach it. Here are a few qualifications that I advise any Arabic student to consider when selecting who they learn the language from.
The good news is, if you're reading this, you don't have to look further for a good, qualified Arabic teacher. Studio Arabiya sets very high standards for all of our Arabic teachers, including their educational background, their character in dealing with students, and how to teach non-Arabic speaking students. In addition to meeting these qualifications, our Arabic teachers are put through a specialized training course to develop their teaching to a totally different level.
As salamu aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
It's a good reminder and it tells what I have experienced just nowadays.. Sadly, I have already enrolled in a program just as you described above with "a native speaker" but anyway in sha Allah I will benefit and continue my studies at StudioArabiya or a center similar to that. Just I think it could be a bit cheaper, so more people could choose good quality knowledge instead of just "native speakers" who are quite cheap.
About the topic: I think it's also important that teacher is strict for students that they could not get lazy (in a polite way, of course).
I wish to meet such Arabic and Quran teachers who would be living by Arabic and Quran and who could inspire to learn.
I hope to save up enough money for the course. It's hardly possible, so I guess I will have to get used to "native speakers".
May Allah guide us all to ilm which benefits us, ameen.
Wa alaikum asalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
One of the problems with just "Native Speakers", also, is that they are native speakers in their Arabic dialect, NOT fus'ha, which is so important if learning and understanding Qur'an is one of your goals. From my experience living in Egypt, many of the Arabs don't understand me and can't speak to me properly when I speak to them in Classical Arabic. Therefore, you just can't guarantee that a person who offers to teach Arabic and claims to be a Native speaker is going to be able to teach you the language of the Qur'an.
Although we strive to offer the lowest prices online for one-on-one classes, Studio Arabiya does offer scholarships to students who are financially unable to pay the full price of the classes. If you are one of them, please e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss this further with you!
Thanks for your input! May Allah benefit us all!
I will really do that in sha Allah after I finish my currect program which I applied to (6 months). After all, I payed for it, so I have to do it..
Fi aman Allah
Wayaakum! Insh'Allah you benefit from your current program and if you need any help or have questions, let us know and we'll try to help! (You can find us on http://facebook.com/studioarabiya and http://twitter.com/studioarabiya)
I dont study Arabic but recently I went to Florence and wanted to speak Italian like a native speaker...which is so much more than learning correct conjugations! I hired a Florentine woman to sit and converse with me 2 hours a day...and within a week I was speaking Italian!
Having that extra exposure and practice does WONDERS for helping you to progress in learning a language!
If I was wanting to learn English, I would certainly go to a qualified teacher. In my experience, native speakers don't know much about the origins of the language. Most native English speakers speak slang from the region that they are from. I imagine that if you are learning to speak Arabic, you really would want to go with a qualified teacher who would know correct spelling,usage and grammar!! It sounds to me like the Studio Arabiya teachers are qualified!
Well, this is a great reminder. It makes sense to find the best teacher -- the most qualified -- when learning something new. The point may be even more important when learning a new language.