Master Arabic

Intermediate-level Arabic student? Time to level up!


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You’re an Arabic student, and after months and years of studying, you’re finally able to come up with the correct i’raab in your sleep and write flowing, cohesive essays. But you feel like you’ve hit a roadblock: You know enough Arabic to read a newspaper, but not to find out who made the final goal in last night’s football match. You can laugh at a joke in Arabic, but lack the skills to reply.

Master Arabic is for you. This is a resource for intermediate-level Arabic learners who are looking to progress in the language in an engaging, simple way that doesn’t require going back to school or starting from scratch. Master Arabic will take your Arabic to the next level: It features tried-and-tested resources and techniques and practical advice on how to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. It shows how to make these improvements while retaining time to have a life outside language study. Master Arabic comprises everything from productivity advice to recommendations for tools to improve specific skills.

Master Arabic is available as a premium package that includes over a dozen interviews with leading educators, Arabists and students from Jordan, Egypt and the United States, who impart their secrets on how to pass through to advanced materials. The premium package also includes access to an online resource database of materials to study Arabic.

I designed Master Arabic as an outcome of my experiences learning Arabic and languages such as Dari, Persian and Pashto. Over the past decade, I’ve had everything from a conventional, university-level language education to an immersive language learning experience and self-taught myself everything from Japanese Kanji to basic Urdu.

I studied Arabic at university, but my skills had begun to atrophy over the years while I focused on other languages. I was like you - stuck at one level. I dove back into Arabic, using study methods and advice from language-learning experts that have helped make me reach break through my learning plateau to the advanced level. This resource offers everything I’ve learnt and much more: it has insights from Arabic teaching professionals who’ve experimented with methods and hit on winning formulas, students who’ve developed interesting ways of practicing Arabic, and the best of the learnings from the polyglot community.

As a coach for language learning methods, I’m aware of the challenges faced by everyone from language students to professionals who need to learn a language to succeed at work. I’m confident that this resource will help you excel at Arabic, and that together, we can finally master this wonderful language.



What's in the Premium Edition?

Included with the premium package are:

  1. 13 Expert Interviews - You'll receive a link to download MP3 files for you to listen at your own convenience. I chose people who have been through the challenges associated with intermediate learning plateaus, and they each offer unique tips to break through to more advanced levels.
  2. Discount Codes - Exclusive discount codes from some useful language services and publishers. Language learning can be expensive; these codes offer some respite.
  3. Online Resource List - I've scoured the web and physical bookstores to pick out the best resources available for the intermediate language learner. This is a 'living document', continually updated as I come across new materials. The resources are organised into topics / areas, and there are dialect-specific sections as well.
  4. Cheat Sheet - Most Common 1000 Words - learning this list will make more of the things you read and listen to comprehensible.
  5. Cheat Sheet - Tim Ferriss' Deconstruction Dozen - Twelve sentences that reveal the core grammatical structures and principles at work in the Arabic language.
  6. Cheat Sheet - Tool Overview - An overview of some of the main tools and tricks you can use to work on specific skills or areas of your study.
  7. Cheat Sheet - Goal-Setting Worksheet - a one-page chart to help you think about the goals you set. (Corresponds to a section in the book on goal-setting.)
  8. Cheat Sheet - Arabizi - a one-page quick reference chart for the symbols and letters used to type unique Arabic letters using English script. Essential for txting and chatting with friends!
  9. Access to the exclusive Incremental Elephant forum to discuss language learning and your Arabic progress
  10. Versions of the eBook formatted for your e-Reader (.mobi and .epub)
  11. Spread the Learning! - Buy the premium edition and I'll send a PDF copy of the book to a friend, free of charge!
  12. Lifetime updates - Receive lifetime updates to the book's text. I continue to work on the text and when a new release is available, premium customers can download the update for free.

Who is this for?

This resource is for people who:

Why buy Master Arabic?

PREMIUM -- 13 Expert Interviews

Gabriel Wyner

Gabriel Wyner

Author of the bestseller 'Fluent Forever', Gabriel Wyner teaches a method to get from zero to an advanced level as quickly as possible.
Gerald Drißner

Gerald Drißner

Author of 'Arabic for Nerds' and 'Islam for Nerds', Gerald is an award-winning journalist. He has been living in the Middle East and North Africa for ten years, where he has intensively studied Arabic.
Ollie Richards

Olly Richards

Founder of the popular blog 'I Will Teach You a Language', Olly Richards speaks 8 languages and helps others learn multiple languages.

John Fotheringham

John Fotheringham

John is an author, podcaster and language learning expert. His book, 'Master Japanese' was the inspiration behind my work on 'Master Arabic'.
Kelly Doffing

Kelly Doffing

Kelly is a programme officer at Qatar Foundation International and she works to spread the study of Arabic language to classrooms worldwide.
Ellen Jovin

Ellen Jovin

Ellen is a grammar freak, a former freelance writer, and a founder and principal of Syntaxis, a communication skills training firm based in New York City.

Lina Obeidat

Lina Obeidat

Lina is a Jordanian Arabic teacher (and doctor!). I have studied written Arabic and Jordanian dialect with her for the past three years using iTalki.
Fred Tiedemann

Fred Tiedemann

Director of CGE Jordan and author of "The 101 Most Used Verbs in Spoken Arabic: Jordan & Palestine", Fred teaches a dialect-first approach.
Mona Azam

Mona Azam

Mona is a professional teacher of Arabic based in Cairo. She runs Arabic Global and teaches online via iTalki.

Omar Matadar

Omar Matadar

Director of the popular Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan, Omar was educated in the United States and has a Master's degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
Nathan Field

Nathan Field

Author of the popular blog, 'Real World Arabic', Nathan has worked in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. He has also helped train other professionals to speak Arabic and advises on Middle East politics.
John Strick van Linschoten

John Strick van Linschoten

John (also my brother) works with the International Committee for the Red Cross. He studied Arabic (and Turkish) at SOAS and is working on a MA in Linguistics.

Jade Iqbal

Jade Iqbal

Jade Iqbal is a humanitarian worker. He has studied various languages via a number of different methods and spoke about his specific tricks to get over language learning plateaus.

PREMIUM -- Exclusive Discount Codes


Bliu Bliu

Bliu Bliu

Bliu Bliu uses a unique methodology and gives you interesting content at your level which is how children learn their first languages. This method helps to improve your vocabulary and enables natural language acquisition. To take your Arabic to the next level, join their 30 day Arabic Challenge where you will be able to improve your vocabulary, reading and practice speaking with a group of like-minded people. Get 3 months Premium for free when you enrol in the Arabic Challenge.
Glossika

Glossika

Glossika's amazing audio-based courses offer sentences and audio transcriptions for a daily dose of language, scientifically spaced for optimum retention. Choose between different course paces to suit your schedule. Get their MSA or Egyptian course (Syrian dialect coming soon) for a 25% discount with the exclusive premium code.
Talk in Arabic

Talk in Arabic

Talk in Arabic is a great service and resource for working on your spoken Arabic. Talk in Arabic offers videos, audio files and transcriptions to get you going in whatever dialect you choose in no time at all. Get a discount on subscriptions with the exclusive premium code.

Beeminder

Beeminder

Beeminder is part of the secret sauce that keeps me motivated and honest about my language study over the long-term. Make progress on your goals, or feel the pain! Get a 20% discount on all premium plans with the exclusive premium code.

PREMIUM -- Free Copy For A Friend

Two books for the price of one! Premium customers can choose one friend, sadeeq, family member, neighbor, etc. to receive a free copy of Master Arabic. Just let me know who I should send the download link to.

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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Questions?

First, please check the FAQ (above). If you have any other questions about the content, the different packages or anything at all, send an email and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.