Gorgeous girl :). And there is the verb تعلّم (he learned) and there is the present version conjugated for 'I' which is أتعلّم (i'm learning). For all dialects of Arabic, pronunciation is difficult for English speakers, as many consonants are formed at the back of the mouth. It could be difficult to learn the Hebrew alphabet, which contains 22 characters. The same rules applies for Latin (thiugh it is a "dead" language not spoken today ....we need to go in Italia .... good day......... "we needs to go in Britain not in Wales o Scotland" <- LOL. I like that you broke down the problems of learning Arabic into reasonable chunks. And some dialects in the mashreq have words like "shloonich" (how are you? It's not a very big deal to speak MSA or a combination of both, especially that it's not your native tongue But if you want to learn a dialect i strongly advice you to learn Levantine, it's the closest you would get to MSA, and it's the most understood and most loved dialect in the Arab world, the only problem is, that there isn't much sources to learn i think I am currently learning Spanish, and i got to say, it's easy, and Arabic is much closer to Spanish than it's to English, and it have lots of Arabic words(Arroz, pants, camissa, etc) and it rules are also a little bit close. As I said above, people ask which dialect is the best to learn a lot and make a big deal about dialect variation as if this affects the difficulty level of the language. The other is spoken Arabic, which encompasses many colloquial dialects which vary by region. They all said the same. You've almost convinced me to start learning Arabic soon. The "kh" sound is more prevalent from what I observed. It is a pharyngial languge full of consonants. This makes learning Arabic vocabulary a cinch! Certainly Arabic is my native language. Semitic grammar in my opinion is a heck of a lot easier than many other languages. I've been living in Ethiopia for a year and a half now, and I must say (at least for me) Amharic has definitely been more of a challenge. Get my exclusive language learning content delivered straight to your inbox. Concerning ressources I think it is getting better now, but the one with the least ressources available for is probably Tigrinya even though some arabic dialects may also have few ressources, depeding which one. Hope this gives some insight for anyone contemplating learning Amharic! It gets worse for me when I try to say, "Do you want me to come?" The grammar is easier than english and reading the script is as easy as it could get, believe me! Almost every arab understands it as it is used in newspaper, books, tv and radio. thank you for encouraging me with you explanations about semitic languages. Learning Hebrew would be a bit more difficult than that - but it can certainly be done. Israeli research had concluded that (and I'm paraphrasing here because I cannot fully remember the article or find it), unlike English and Hebrew, Arabic is read with the right side of the brain which is the side more dominant in those with dyslexia. Also make sure to read this post I wrote on 5 books that you absolutely should own if you’re learning Arabic. Although, by number of native speakers, both Amharic and Tigrinya (both in the same group) are more common than Hebrew. Otherwise, the majority of resources available for Arabic are for Modern Standard Arabic (one of my favourite being this one) and from what I understand all Modern Hebrew resources are for Standard Hebrew as there are no major dialect distinctions in Israel comparable to those in the Arabic-speaking world. https://discoverdiscomfort.com/arabic-hebrew-similarities-differences Click here to check it out. My name is Mohammad. So much of the complexity that you find in other languages just isn’t a problem for Arabic and Hebrew learners. As you're fluent in both English and Amharic, could you consider applying for either an "English for Amharic speakers" or an "Amharic for English speakers" course here? He has struggled some, but his current teacher (who is Israeli and has a masters in special ed) will sometimes help him by holding up a mirror when he's reading. Exactly. For English speakers it is very difficult. Have you ever met someone from a right-to-left writing structure with dyslexia learning to read and write well in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu or Hebrew? All that info just gets so confusing. Is Modern Hebrew Easy to Learn for Arabic Speakers? Very enlightening. Very cool, and thank you, because I've wanted to learn Arabic for a long time and had thought (well, maybe, but I'm going to wait until I've learned a few others because I've heard how hard it is so it'll take forever to learn). Arabic and Hebrew speakers with Middle Eastern backgrounds easily notice the strong pronunciation similarities they share. If reading the language is important to you than Amharic is definitely harder than Arabic. Not difficult, they just take some time-- like the kh and ain in Arabic. The only reason I learned it is because it is my native language and since I learned it as it's own language. Plus- one gets to read the various scriptures in the original. I'm starting to learn Arabic and I have a Lebanese neighbor, but our communication is sometimes poor: although we chat in my native language (Portuguese), he doesn't understand the conception of what is Modern Standard Arabic, what is Classical Arabic and what is just his dialect (being he Libanese, I think it's Levantine), I don't really know why, maybe because he came to Brazil a lot of time ago and I don't know since when these three "types" of Arabic are well separated and known by the people, since when they keep it in mind. Over time he'll begin to rely on the mirror less and less, so there is no concern about dependency. Do you have any suggestions for Arabic syntax? Here’s one of her videos on pronunciation: Finally, there are quite a lot of loanwords in the English language and if you know other languages that have had a lot of contact with the Arab world then chances are there are plenty of loanwords there as well. For starters, I'm a native Arabic speaker. And not only do Hebrew speakers read faster, but … For example, the words eat and food ("okhel"), are pronounced the same in Hebrew accept for the stress: in the word food, (אוכל), the stress is on the first syllable (O-khel), and in the word eat (אוכל), the stress is on the last syllable(o-KHEL).I am not saying that Semitic languages are the hardest languages in the world; I am just saying that you make Semitic languages look easy, but they are not easy at all, in fact they are very difficult and many things are complicated about Semitic languages. I am native speaker. That article from the BBC that I cited above makes me wonder if Arabic would be a problem for those people though. It's similar to Modern Standard but not the same. BTW, slangs is not a word. The only Arabic dialect that is not as easy to us in Yemen as the other dialects is the Moroccan one, but we can communicate with Moroccans using the Egyptian dialect or the standard Arabic. I don't know why but I find Hebrew harsher than Arabic. Let he who doesnt know much say not a thing about it. Even if they are ranked as difficult, it does not mean that they are impossible to learn and maybe it is not hard for you at all. The Arabic and Hebrew scripts originate from the Phoenician alphabet, just like our Latin one does. With the mirror, he reads above grade-level. And that is a big step to having Amharic within your grasp. This is a very unique downloadable audio set that teaches you Arabic through catchy, repetitive music (based on scientific research into ‘stuck song syndrome’ and memory). And apart from morrocan and algerian who are heavily influenced by amazigh, french and some spanish all other arabics dialects are easy to understand if you know Modern arabic. I have to admit that my problems with Arabic is syntax. This relates to the geographic location of Palestine which is in the middle of the Arab world. The roots are extremely helpful in understanding conversation through context as well. It is much harder to remember the vocabulary in Arabic, for the reasons you state, than in the other (European languages) that I have learned. If you tell someone that you’re studying Japanese, they’ll very likely comment on how hard the language is. i don't fond it hard, just different and amazingly lovely, and i am a bit intimidated by the script, coz im technically dyslexic, but since they pronounce as the write and, my first langue is like that, (english is my second language), i will also be less dyslexic in tigrinya then in english. I finally could say that I speak it in a good level). i will learn tigrinya, just not sure how fast, but i will. It’s because this dialect is a “standard” and can be understood in all Arab countries. The arabic alphabet maybe easier to learn in the beginning, but I really did not have any problems to learn either of the alphabets. I understand if you can't/don't want to though. Thank you for mentioning that Mahgrebi Arabic really is quite different. The best accent to learn is probably the proper Jordanian accent, both in terms of universality of meaning and closeness to the proper pronunciations of the letters and words. For Russians, Bulgarians, Greeks and speakers of Asiatic languages this seems to be nothing to fuss about. Judeo-Christian/Islamic theological studies), a standard dialect to engage in business or to monitor current affairs (Israel/Palestine, terrorism, etc.) I have found that the Lebanese tend to run all of the consonants much more closely together and leave out most of the vowel sounds. I think the key for me is having a support network of three Arabic speaker friends (from the old LiveMocha) who I talk with on Skype to check and consolidate my learning from books. I dabbled in arabic some ten years (MSA and lebanese dialect) and tried to learn both Amharic and Tigrinya. Learn about the best language resources that I've personally test-driven. 'The not so great part is that 'you will never find a good resource to study with' it is very rare to come up on a good resource. Thanks a lot and keep them coming! In conclusion Arabic is far more difficult than Hebrew ,Syriac,Amharic.Dispite its regular grammar and strange phonetics, you have to learn by heart most nouns and verbs.At least two forms,unless you wanna make mistakes.Arabic deserves its place next to Chinese,Japanese,Korean,etc.It is difficult,unique and (for some) sacred.So stop saying bullshit. I love the way Palestinians speak Arabic! 3) Explosives. Learning the alphabet (abjad actually) and the three/four consonant root system was zero effort because of how similar it is to Hebrew. This is for those who say its hard while they almost dont even know a thing yet. the best thing in Amharic is no matter how your dialect is ugly the locals love it and understand it well. Also, many Arabic speakers understand MSA but only speak dialect. Sure there are common ways the fidel change based on vowels, but there are just some that throw you for a loop. This is true for all languages but for these in particular it depends on whether you want to learn the classical variety of Hebrew or Arabic for academic or religious reasons (e.g. Levantine accent . I am an Arabic, there is no real difference between MSA and Classical Arabic, it' just that after, it's the same, and have the same words, but in CA one wouldn't say Telefizieon for TV, but he would say "AlRa'i" which means something close to "The Vision-er" as in the the thing that let you see, and instead of saying "Camera" you would say "Swara" which is the "Machine Name" from the root "Sora" (picture-photograph) which means "The Photographer but not for the man but for the machine (the camera), you can understand it, but it would be weird to use it, even though some people do Speaking MSA in public isn't "very" weird especially if you're talking about a serious thing or you are on tv or speaking about science-philosophy-all serious matter, and you can't use anything but MSA for writing an article or a formal message This is simply because dialect isn't that reliable when talking about a serious matter because everyone would understand it in his own way, unlike MSA which have rules and it can't mean something for a Syrian(i am Syrian) and mean something else for a Moroccan. The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) has created a list to show the approximate time you need to learn a specific language as an English speaker. Donovan, after reading this post, I just got motivated to learn both Arabic and Hebrew. Arabic speakers around the world: 310 million native speakers (all varieties) Writing system: Arabic alphabet. Every Arab I’ve spoken to has been able to do the same. How about Tamil ? Only onle Oldest language till now people speaking.. Hindi is very recent language in india but the Tamil has its own grammar, which is no one can compete with, the only language survive in the modern era with the new innovated words. Do You Mean Modern Standard Arabic Learners Cant Talk To Native Arabs :'(. Plus, they have similar pronunciations. Arabic is a frequent visitor on lists about the hardest languages for English speakers to learn. The Darija classes were great because the teacher was pretty much given free range to do whatever she pleased, so we were forced to talk all the time, get into lifelike situations, learn useful vocabulary. Fingers crossed! It is absolutely difficult. Hebrew Reads from Right to Left. After 2 years, we definitely knew far more than in 3 years of MSA. He is now on a B2 level in MSA and says that it is much easier than Tigrinya, but he mainly attributes this due to the lack of learning ressources for Tigrinya. Slang is a non-count noun. Honestly, let me mention a funny fact though English is my second language I prefer writing and reading in English rather than my native Amharic language. I want to read the newspapers and watch Al Jazeerah news programs and later, much later, books. Commentdocument.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "a54601c0bbfa6ed74b57513fdaf8f8c8" );document.getElementById("f074d20523").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. I found learning Arabic to be much easier after learning Spanish. Hebrew is one of the many languages, including Arabic and Syriac, … Widely spoken which makes it more diverse. Nowadays I don t understand Moroccan dialects - completely different language. Amharic languge is fun to learn. Don't learn MSA first up if your goal is to become a fluent speaker. Like all languages, it just takes time and practice to start producing it properly. So, how hard is Hebrew to learn really? Classical Arabic is the language of the Quran and other religious literature. If you speak Mahgrebi Arabic in the Middle East, you won't be understood. If you’ve learned, are learning or want to learn a Semitic language (including those I haven’t mentioned here), make sure to share your thoughts below! Right now I need to learn Arabic to read the Quran. I learned English … I wonder if someone with dyslexia should shy away from Hebrew or languages using Arabic script because he/she could have trouble reading from right to left. ), etc. I'm learning Modern Standard Arabic, because I was told (by lots of people) that I should learn that first and then pick up dialects if I plan to go to, say, Egypt. I infinitely prefer left-to-right Latin script, Im dyslexic and know Hebrew and English. Amharic may not be as hard as arabic and hebrew but it doesnot mean it is not hard.There are some pronounciations that you have heard before that takes a lot of practicing to master it.so when you first start talking amharic it will sound like a little baby trying to speak but then you will get better.But you will never be able to speak like the native speakers. I found it interesting that you said people find your Australian accent difficult to understand. Not true that i can understand most of the dialects. In the near future I plan to learn Arabic since, it is such a beautiful language.Coming to your question or statement: I think Amharic is easier than Arabic. The detailed breakdown of Arabic is eye-opening for me. This means that some letters actually have slight resemblance to the ones we already know in Europe, and switching between Arabic and Hebrew is even easier because the letters are almost the same. "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world. Why Arabic Is Considered Difficult. But what does that even mean? Arabic is unequivocally one of the hardest languages for Westerners. Rapid Arabic for Modern Standard Arabic. Arabic is the easiest (not phonology-wise though, but that's a detail since many arabic speakers can't pronounce all arabic sounds in the first place... Take Hassan Nasrallah, he can't pronounce 'raa'). Pronunciation. Hebrew is a member of the Semitic languages originating from the Middle East. For Egyptian you'd say "ana 3aizak tigi ma3aya" (I want you, you come, with me). I assumed I would be learning a completely alien language, but I obviously was wrong. I am a native speaker of English who also happens to speak Arabic, Mandarin, and Spanish, but my linguistic abilities are less a measure of my intelligence than they are of my level of “interest” in the cultures and the native speakers with whom I communicate. hey there..i'm ethiopian and a native amharic speaker (oromo, a cushitic language, is my mother-tongue).. How long have you been learning Amharic for? Your clear breakdown and explanation convinced me otherwise, and I also learned a ton. The great thing though is it is not a tonal Language. Not as a language associated with English. morteza :My mother language is Persian and I have to say we have the hardest language in the world because lots of slangs is invented every day and we even can’t recognize the other cities speakers accent And I think this text has been written from an western man vision Because Turkish and Arabic is so easy for us and my opinion is exactly against the writer from my vision. They're much closer. Please If I'm wrong let me know! It all depends on what your goals are. Never use latin to write Amharic 'it is the worst thing you can ever do'. If you study Levantine, Saudis will understand you. There are many differences between "modern" and "classical" Arabic, especially in vocabulary (words like 'car', 'airplane' , 'television'), and a multitude of others don't exist in "classical" Arabic, of course, but do in Modern Literary Arabic, as well as in the dialects. If you already got past your fear of foreign scripts, amharic is really easy to learn. The pronounciation is devoid of glottal stops and stressed H's, but these don't make arabic any harder. 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