Language always carries meanings and references beyond itself: The meanings of a particular language represent the culture of a particular social group. To interact with a language means to do so with the culture which is its reference point. We could not understand a culture without having direct access to its language because of their intimate connection. To learn a new language is to gain insight into a new culture and to alter one’s worldview.
I have been teaching Arabic to non-native speakers in Bahrain for the last 9 years. I’ve always focused on teaching Educated Spoken Arabic or Gulf Arabic rather than Modern Standard Arabic. Unlike English, the standardised version of Arabic, used mainly for writing and reading, is With the basics of Arabic being learned, the learners then move towards learning the more complex rules of Arabic language and grammar. Based on a conversational style of teaching, the teacher will begin with small sentences and then progress to teaching large sentence formation. Since it is a conversational method, it is highly interactive and encourages the learners to participate in the conversations and clarify their doubts instantly.
An easy approach to learning a new language is to learn it with the help of a language in which one is already fluent and well-versed. It then becomes simpler to adapt to the grammar and logical rules of the new language that is being learned. We also adopt a similar system of compare and contrast. By teaching Arabic via English, it will help new learners understand the similarities and differences between the two different languages. The symbiotic relationship between languages is also explored by means of analysing loan words and phrases from different languages.
Learning a new language implies a better understanding of the world in general. It not only adds to your general vocabulary but breeds familiarity with the ways of the world that are different in cultures based on the difference in languages.
By spending just about two hours every week for a period of about six months, learners based out of Bahrain can achieve fluency in Arabic. Each class lasts for about an hour and can be tweaked to suit your individual needs. If a learner is highly interested in pursuing the programme, but cannot spend the minimum recommended hours per week to learn Arabic, we offer flexible timings for the benefit of the learners.
Learning Arabic in Bahrain is highly useful as it helps you in your day-to-day activities. Be it conversing while shopping at a local store or navigating your way in the city, you will find your knowledge of Arabic helpful. The course aims to teach you fluent Arabic in a matter of six months. This is an investment with great returns. If you are just a visitor or are relocating to Bahrain or have lived in Bahrain for many years without knowing Arabic, it is now time to acquire a new language.