Today’s top takeaways:
- Download a free copy of the Levantine Arabic verb chart.
- You’ll learn how to use the Levantine Arabic verb chart to learn how to spell, pronounce, and recognize every word you come across.
- Arabic grammar is like learning to do a headstand. Scary from afar, deceptively simple up close.
- Have you downloaded that free chart yet?
Part 1: Arabic Grammar is Like Learning to Do a Headstand.
I tend to believe that hard things are not so hard when you understand what they really are.
Like learning to do a headstand.
From afar, a headstand looks impossible for most people, damn near acrobatic.
But up close, it’s deceptively simple.
But Uchechi, how does a land-walking mammal like me balance on my head without gravity immediately pulling me down?
My roommate wondered the same thing a few months ago when I finally taught her to do a headstand.
I told her, “Look, a headstand is all geometry.”
Not acrobatics? Not a special talent? No, it’s just geometry.
A headstand simply takes 1) making an equilateral triangle with your head and elbows and 2) courage to try.
Look at the picture below. Do you see the triangle now?
In about 10 minutes, my roommate went from saying, “I can’t do that! I’m going to fall and break my neck!” to saying, “Can we try handstands next?!”
So what do headstands have to do with Arabic? This is Marhabtain, after all.
Well, ask yourself how many times you’ve looked at Arabic and thought: I can’t do this! Fluency is for those special people over there, with special skills, and special talents. People who have way more time than me. And probably have a secret Lebanese dad!
I’m here to tell you that: Arabic is deceptively simple.
Arabic is simply a system of recurring patterns.
These patterns determine how almost every word in Arabic is created, spelled, and pronounced.
And today, I’m going to show you the one chart that’ll teach you every word in Levantine Arabic.
Part 2: One Chart That’ll Teach You Every Word in Levantine Arabic
This one chart represents how every word in Levantine Arabic is built, spelled, and pronounced.
These are the most important recurring patterns that you’ll ever come across.
And guess what? Take the chart! It’s yours.
I want you to always have a copy. Click here to download my free chart.
The nerd in me cried tears of joy when I finished creating this chart.
Because for so long, I wanted a resource that showed me the entire Levantine Arabic system in one place.
And I couldn’t find one.
It’s okay if just seeing this chart is giving you the heebie-jeebies.
Maybe you’re like, “But Uchechi, you said this was supposed to be simple. s i m p l e.”
That’s why I’m going to break this chart down column by column over the coming weeks, so that you truly see the bigger picture.
By the end, you’ll understand what Arabic really is.
And ultimately, using the tools you learn here, you’ll eventually be able to learn Arabic more efficiently, especially if you have a tight schedule.
Part 3: What Do I Do Next?
Have you downloaded the chart yet? Here you go! Click here to download my free chart.
Now, make the chart your background on your computer, and notice it throughout the day.
Recall that I said “notice” the chart and not “memorize” the chart.
Please don’t stare at it before you go to bed, and review it in the mornings.
Without context, it will only stare back at you, and become a chart of confusing squiggly lines.
The reason I want you to make the chart your background is so that the more you notice the chart, the more you’ll remember that a chart does exist.
And if you remember that a chart exists, then you can remember that a simple system does exist.
And that even if you don’t understand that simple system yet, there may be a better method to learning Arabic than your current one.
That alone will keep you curious about becoming a more efficient Arabic learner.
So download my free chart now and let it sink in with you.
Next time, we’ll go through column 1, and learn how all verb roots are created.