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Arabic Vocabulary Words

When learning a second (or third, or fourth…) language, the best way to solidify your grasp of the language and improve your ability to communicate is through gaining a wide vocabulary. Learning how to speak Arabic is no exception. By building your repertoire of Arabic words you are not only providing yourself with a wide range of words through which you can create conversations, you are preparing yourself to communicate. Early in your Arabic lessons, and even throughout the years as you delve deeper into the dialects and different variations of the language, you may be unsure of the grammar or structure of Arabic phrases that are spoken to you. By merit of having a tremendous Arabic vocabulary you may still be able to understand what has been said. Picking out a few words from what you hear can help you to piece together the meaning of what has been spoken.

For many people the most practical way to grow their Arabic vocabulary is through Arabic lessons. These lessons provide a structured path to follow as you are learning the grammar rules and building your vocabulary, using both basic Arabic words and common Arabic phrases. If you wish to grow your vocabulary further than can be offered just through your lessons, there are several options.

First, you may find an Arabic dictionary a valuable tool. When supplementing your lessons this dictionary can offer you an array of new words, and advice for structuring them properly so that they can be manipulated into effective, and appropriate, communication.

Another powerful way of building your vocabulary is just by listening to Native speakers. You can subscribe to Arabic podcasts, watch Arabic television, or find Arabic people that are willing to converse with you. Not only can listening to these speakers help you to become more comfortable picking out the individual Arabic words within the often fast-paced conversational speed, but it will get you familiar with Arabic accents so that you can “hear past them” when listening to new speakers, and begin developing your own.

When learning how to speak Arabic it is important to remember that an appropriate vocabulary is not just a collection of Arabic words, but also an understanding of Arabic phrases. Just as the English language features phrases that are difficult to convert into only one word, the Arabic language also has such combinations of words that are used to convey certain messages or emotions. Building a vocabulary of these with even further richen your understanding of the language and ability to apply it in real-life situations.