There have been quite a lot of courses and options that I have tried in an attempt to learn Arabic; in the end though, I came to a conclusion that Rocket Arabic has the most to offer. But what makes this course so special and superior over the rest of the herd?
For quite a while I was looking to find the best beginner’s course that could teach me to speak, listen and read Arabic in such a way that I could start using the language effectively as soon as possible, I found the Rocket Languages Arabic course to be the one I was searching for. Compared to some of the other Arabic courses on the market, Rocket Languages also stands out with its convenient downloadable learning software.
An Overview of the Product’s Advantages and Few Minor Disadvantages
One of the best advantages Rocket Arabic has to offer is the chance to listen to a real native Arabic speaker and following a gradual involvement style, instead of struggling with the standard total involvement style. Every section is first introduced in English, which is not something that every course would do. As you progress throughout the course and listen to an Arabic speaker, the words that are used are either explained as you go, or they have already been explained in the previous segments (which is why sometimes you need to be quite alert to pick them up).
Do not be alarmed though; you will not learn the language by trying to remember the words after you hear them once. In my opinion, one of the advantages of the lessons is that they are intended for beginners and they progress at a fairly slow rate giving you enough time to absorb all the details.
The Rocket Languages Arabic course has been prepared with students in mind, and it understands that you need to hear the words many times before you finally get accustomed with them. Like with any other language course, this one will also offer you the opportunity to rewind included audio files in case you need to listen to them couple of more times. However, there is something I found to come as a disadvantage with every learning course and the Rocket Arabic as well, and it is that you cannot estimate how much time each section will take, which is what many would prefer to see.
In case you have already been looking into an Arabic learning program before, you have probably realized that, as with any other language around the world, there are various accents and usages of words depending in which local region the language is used. A good example of this would be the noticeable differences between the British English and the American English.
The language used in the Rocket Languages Arabic course is Egyptian Arabic, which many think comes as an advantage, since Egypt serves as the capital of movie making and television in all of Arabia. For that reason, Egyptian Arabic is well understood and accepted all over the region.
The program is designed to teach you how to communicate in speaking and writing in an everyday dialogue. The dialogues used are not too formal or old fashioned like with some of the audio courses you have probably came across in the school. What you really want to learn is an everyday conversation with proper vocabulary you can effectively use with people in Arabic countries or someone who speaks Arabic.
There are a 31 interactive audio lessons contained in Rocket Languages Arabic. Just to present you with the introductory segment, you will start with the “Meeting, Greeting, Food and Drink” section, which will help to develop your Arabic language skills at a fairly practical level and speed. Another one of the sections introduced later in the course is “Take a Tour”, which is already more advanced and could be very beneficial in case you plan a trip to some of the Arabic countries in a near future. Every part is always introduced in English, afterwards a dialogue in Arabic takes place, and as you listen to it you have a chance to read Arabic script, Arabic in English latters, or simply read the English translation of it.
Another great feature of the course is that as you learn the language you also learn about the Arabic culture, which can be of great interest to many. The program uses a various range of great tools to help you attain the knowledge of Arabic language. You should be prepared to give it a go and speak the language as you are prompted by the speaker from the audio files.
Rocket Arabic encourages everyone to practice the pronunciation of the words and sentences out loud. Every word is said by the speaker two times in Arabic; afterwards a translation in English takes place. You are required to pronounce the word in Arabic, and then the speaker repeats it again in a slow pace, and once more a little faster.
To name one thing that could be improved is how they tend to use the numbers in their lessons. They use “Arabic in English letters”, which may seem like a typo to the beginner and can be a nuisance to some, especially at the early stages of the course. However, don’t be overwhelmed with it, since the reason for it is explained in later sections. Those numbers that are found in the translation of Arabic in English letters have been put their deliberately.
The reason for such practice is due to the fact that not all Arabic letters have a corresponding letter in English. Numbers such as 2, 3 and 7 have been chosen to be used together with other English letters because they bear a resemblance to the Arabic script. When you understand this, you find it to be completely acceptable that Rocket Languages Arabic has used this kind of symbolization, even though this practice has been in use for quite some time now. It would be helpful though if they would mention this at the beginning of the course to avoid confusion.
There is one thing I didn't mentioned so far, and it is their free, no-obligation lifetime trial, which comes with the selected few Premium audio lessons and cultural insight as well. I am pretty sure that you will be able to absorb surprisingly a lot of the Arabic language in just a matter of few days. If you take all the features that Rocket Arabic course has to offer and compare them with other available courses on the market you will find that these lessons provide an edge in learning the language by offering interesting content and learning pace at an affordable price.