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Below are some frequently asked questions, but please get in touch with any questions any time via the contact form and we will update here.

How to learn a language

Do I need to live abroad to learn a foreign language like Arabic?

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What is the best form of self study?

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What is the best way to learn a language?

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What is your educational approach?

One theory explains most of our approach: “comprehensible input” as outlined by Prof. Stephen Krashen in the 70s and 80s.

Our advice and products draw from several subsequent theoretical outgrowths of comprehensible input that essentially encourage ‘acquisition’ than ‘learning’ through repetition and activities.

  • Teaching Proficiency though Reading and Strorytelling (TPRS)
  • Total Physical Response (TFR)
  • Automatic Language Growth (ALG)
  • Growing Participator approach (GPA)

Apologies for the excess of acronyms, and check out our glossary for explainers.

Arabic specific

How hard is it to learn Arabic?

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How long does it take to learn Arabic?

It is difficult to say. But on estimation we use a rough guide is that of the [to be continued]

Should I start with dialect or MSA first?

We believe most should start with dialect/3amiyaeh and then move on to MSA/fusHa. This puts us at odds with most Western institutions/natives who recommend the MSA first.

There are small minority studying for religious or academic purposes who would instead do better sticking to MSA. The choice is dependent on your context.

We intend to write a longer blog post on this soon.


How are many of your products free, what's the catch?

Lingo Arabico was established to modernise spoken Arabic education, create opportunities and link communities. With this goal in mind, we want to be able to make spoken Arabic resources as widely accessible and available as possible to encourage as many people as possible to learn Arabic effectively. In order to achieve this, many of our products are either free or have a small fee to appropriately recompense those who developed the products for their time, and provide quality employment opportunities for native Arabic speakers. Under our organisational structure (see below) and as a social enterprise any ‘profits’ in the future are ‘profits for purpose’ and will either be reinvested in Lingo Arabico to develop further products and resources and/or donated to humanitarian projects in the Levant. No profits will ever go to ‘shareholders’ as Lingo Arabico purposefully doesn’t have any!

To launch Lingo Arabico, directors Charley and Tom have invested their own funds and time, and were awarded a small entrepreneurship grant from Santander/Sussex University who saw the potential of Lingo Arabico from the start.


What does it mean that you're a social enterprise?

A social enterprise is an organisation with its primary aim to promote social or environmental welfare rather than maximising profits. As this is fundamental to Lingo Arabico’s establishment we are registered in the United Kingdom as a “Private company limited by guarantee without share capital”, which is one of the many types of social enterprise models between a for-profit company with shares and a charity. We chose the company limited by guarantee model to assert our commitment that profits will never go to shareholders, and we are not a charity as we want to be able to charge small amounts to re-invest any profits for purpose whether through developing further products or resources, creating further opportunities, and in future inshallah being able to donate to humanitarian projects in the Levant.