- A lot of speaking practice. In the beginning, this included dropping whatever words I already have learned in some conversations in German. Just like other people drop French or English phrases when talking in their native tongue.[someone] wrote:Hi SGP!
Could you tell me how did you reach C2 level in Arabic? What resources have you used? What were your approaches?
- As for the vocabulary, different approaches have been used. In the beginning: rote memorization. Later, it was much more about Immersion and Exposure Based learning that first was based on repeatedly reading the same content from time to time, later it became close to something that happens automatically, and after that, it continued like automatically learning new English words by context, for what I simply am very grateful.
- Grammar: As for the very basics of it, I learned it in the "old-fashioned" way, by reading "Very Normal Language Textbooks". Later, I switched to learning Arabic in Arabic. Whenever someone is able to do it with any language, I really recommend it. Because then, there is no need of mentally translating back and forth any more.
- Grammar patterns: A lot of them was observed by continually reading and re-reading a certain Very Major Arabic Book that is also among the sources the early grammarians extracted the Arabic grammar from.
- Morphology (sarf): Learned by reading tables then applying, and also directly from the same book I also learned many grammar patterns from.
- There was, well, more than a decade of exposure to (Standard) Arabic. However, I am not at all stating that one would need a decade to learn it. A lot of what I (and many others) know today about Language Learning Efficiency used to be something I was entirely unaware of when I started learning al-3arabiyyah.
(In addition, when I was writing the above paragraph, I also didn't even want to express that it would have taken me a decade to learn it. But it still took me several years.)
(As for the particular resources I used, I couldn't be too specific because of, well, some of their topics or main topics even not always being among those which could be discussed in this forum. But I'd say that "the rest" of this answer still could be useful. It isn't that difficult to find, e.g., reliable books on Arabic grammar.)