In this article we will learn about the differences between Arabic and Urdu, and how hard is it to learn one of them.
How long it takes is a question that only you can answer because the answer depends greatly on you. how many hours a day do you spend learning? the methods you follow, are immersed in Arabic culture? Do you study Arabic regularly? What level of proficiency do you want to achieve? Which dialect do you want to learn?
Only you can answer all these questions and then you can determine the time it will take you to learn Arabic, as an Urdu speaker.
Now let’s find out how hard it is to learn about the differences and similarities between the two languages.
Is it easy for an Urdu speaker to learn Arabic?
No, it’s not easy but still not that hard, there are many similarities between Arabic and Urdu. You will find many words that you know since some of the words in the Urdu language is taken from Arabic. However, you should know that syntax and grammar are different.
The majority of Arabic-speaking countries fall in the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East, and North Africa. The three of them are known as the Arab world. More than 20 countries speak Arabic as the official language. About 25 countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Chad, Algeria, Comoros, Eritrea, Djibouti, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Bahrain, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Nowadays due to the internet and globalization, the Arabic language is once again spreading around the world. Also, more Arab students are going abroad for scholarships, which helps spread the language even more.
How many countries speak Urdu?
Urdu is spoken in Pakistan and India, it is also spoken in Bangladesh, the Middle East especially in Saudi Arabic and the United Arab Emirates.
Is it easy to learn the Urdu language?
It’s not that easy and not that hard, you could say it is one of the moderately difficult languages to learn. Off course it is not hard as learning Chinese.
Furthermore, you can learn it from an app called “Learn To Write Urdu Alphabet”. It is a free application hat will teach you the Urdu alphabets and how to write them.
Here are some facts to know about the Urdu language:
Even though Urdu and Hindi sound the same, there are many differences between them.
During the 19th century and the colonization by the British Empire, Urdu became the language of the Muslims living in there.
The difference between Urdu and Hindi is seen in how they both are written differently, however on the level of conversation they both are similar.
Urdu is written from right to left similar to the Arabic language.
Urdu is written in the Persian-Arabic script.
Urdu consists of around 40 letters.
Can Arabic Speakers Read Urdu?
Even though Urdu and Arabic writing looks similar they aren’t. yes an Arabic speaker can read what is written in Urdu but he will not pronounce it right or even understand what the writing means. For Example, the word ( عرقِ گلاب) is pronounced (Arq-e-Gulab) which means rose water in Urdu but when and Arabic speaker reads it he will read it (araq Kaleb) which means dog sweat.
Now you can see how they both differ from each other in pronunciation. Urdu has many letters that are unique to the language itself and are not found in the Arabic language.
Can Urdu Speakers Read Arabic?
Yes, Urdu speakers can read Arabic but just like in the above case they will pronounce the word wrongly and won’t understand what it means.
How many Arabic words to learn to be fluent?
To be fluent in Arabic you should learn around 25,000 words.
What is the fastest way to learn Arabic?
The fastest way to learn Arabic is to immerse yourself in Arabic culture. Watch Arabic movies, listen to their songs and news, and read their articles and blogs. And try your best to speak in Arabic, and if you can make a conversation with a native Arabic speaker online or offline it doesn’t matter.
To learn a language fast you should spend around three hours every day practicing the language skills, and with time you will be amazed by the results.
How to immerse yourself in Arabic?
The first thing you should do is to find yourself a native Arabic speaker that you can communicate with regularly. Find a Facebook friend and let him know that you are trying to learn the Arabic language and that you would like him to help you.
You can also practice your language by joining a conversation club, it will help you learn from others and they might guide you to a better way of learning or give you some learning tips. Try to search for people who have the same goal of learning Arabic and join them.
If there are Arab immigrants in your country, then see where they normally hang out, go shopping, etc, and visit those places regularly and perhaps get to know some of them and make some friends.
Surround yourself with the Arabic words you have learned so far, for example, write your name in Arabic, write the new words on a sticky note, and put it in a place you can see. Label the things you use all the time in Arabic. By doing so you will not only memorize new words and add up to your Arabic vocabulary, you will also practice the language.
Add Arabic to your smartphone and laptop, and use it to communicate with your native Arabic speaker friend, and search about topics in the Arabic language.
Watch Arabic tv shows, movies, songs, news, or whatever you like to immerse yourself in the language and try to repeat what you hear or read any Arabic word you see on the screen. A great way to enhance your pronunciation is to record yourself while repeating what you hear and then listen to it, if you missed a word or pronounced it wrongly listen to it again and repeat it until you get it right.
Try to write any notes you take in Arabic if you can, or write short stories, perhaps write the script of the movie you watched earlier, or just write about your day’s activities and accomplishments. This is a great way to immerse yourself in the language and enjoy your time.
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