Natural Arabic

  The Natural Arabic web site , www.naturalarabic.com, offers a unique, effective, and efficient method for learning and improving Arabic language.  I’ve not seen anything similar to it anywhere. It’s a refreshing addition to the tools already available for serious students of Arabic. The study material consists mostly of articles published in the various Middle Eastern newspapers. The subject matter is diverse,  timely, entertaining as well as thought-provoking.  Natural Arabic is  available both as a web site subscription and a CD. I am not associated with the production of it in any way, nor do I benefit by promoting it.

5 responses

  1. The yemenlink site is good for beginners. It follows a similar format to many other language learning sites. That’s OK, but naturalarabic has a different technique. Both beginners and advanced adult students can benefit by it. I find it the best and most interesting site for Arabic learning. It’s also effective! When a person reaches middle age, language acquisition is supposedly more difficult. I refuse to believe that, in spite of evidence to the contrary.

  2. You know Marahm, I have been thinking about that, and my theory is that if ”older” people experience a difficulty in learning, it does not stem from age, but from dis-use.

    There are people who, when they’ve finished school, think they’re fine and stop learning anything new, ever. I believe that the brain just starts rusting and grinds to a standstill.

    While, if you keep an open mind, keep looking around you, go places to gather new insights, and keep learning, your mind remains supple and open to new impressions, and learning will always be easy.
    The only real difference between learning at an older age, and when you were still at school, is that at that age, learning is your business; it’s what you do, most of the day.
    While, as an adult, you have perhaps a job, and your housekeeping, and the taxes have to be done, the garden needs attending too, and perhaps the kids, and the dog, and sports, and maybe a partner, and the washing machine has broken down, and the car needs a check-up, etc.
    So ”learning” something new has to be fitten into all that AS WELL!
    And that is mainly why it is more difficult.
    But that is just time-management and has nothing to do whatever! with the age of your brain.

    Actually, I think kids wouldn’t even be able to do it. We ”old” folks are much more clever and diverse than kids! (nose in the air)

    I take up something new to learn every year. Learning is as satisfying to me as eating.

  3. Excellent points, Aafke, especially the one about having to work, and/or take care of a family.

    Recent studies have shown that brains– even adult brains— do grow new nerve cells. We used to believe that only youngsters could grow new ones.

    All people can generate new neural pathways, achieved by the process of learning. Learning new things over one’s liftime is now seen as a bulwark against Alzheimer’s Disease.

    So keep learning, and keep that nose in the air– you’ll breathe better, and oxygenate your brain better, thus optimizing your learning!

  4. While, if you keep an open mind, keep looking around you, go places to gather new insights, and keep learning, your mind remains supple and open to new impressions, and learning will always be easy.The only real difference between learning at an older age, and when you were still at school, is that at that age, learning is your business; it’s what you do, most of the day.While, as an adult, you have perhaps a job, and your housekeeping, and the taxes have to be done, the garden needs attending too, and perhaps the kids, and the dog, and sports, and maybe a partner, and the washing machine has broken down, and the car needs a check-up, etc.So ”learning” something new has to be fitten into all that AS WELL!And that is mainly why it is more difficult.But that is just time-management and has nothing to do whatever! with the age of your brain.
    +1

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