Systematiker wrote:Hey everyone,
Just wanted to pop in for an update. I'm going strong in Hebrew, both ancient and modern, progressing nicely in my textbook and with pimsleur. Still a long way to go.
I've also started playing with (modern) Chaldean, with an eye toward Syriac and ancient Aramaic. But I've only done done unit of the book so far.
Arabic is extremely frustrating, I can't seem to wrap my head around the script, and as a result, I'm having trouble sustaining any progress. Sigh.
What seems to be the problem? What resources are you using for learning the script?
Part of the problem is that it has been a while since I learned a new script, and probably it's always been less instant than I'd like it to be. I mean, I can do five phonetic scripts, so it's not that I'm struggling with that.
For example, the Syriac script is clicking a lot better, im not really having any trouble remembering that without drills or anything (but, then, it's more similar to Hebrew).
Part of it, I think, is the variations in medial and final forms.
I have tried just a simple list (which worked in other languages) and a couple of memrise courses (that was bad. Yes, spell the name of the letter in Latin script in response to the audio...).
I switched today to L'arabe litteraire facil
which makes more sense to me. There's a slight display problem with the font for some of the attached medial and final forms, though, so it's far from perfect. I th ok what works for me about it is the repetition of each letter with the different vowels, using several example words per vowel. That makes things make more sense to me (even though it's counterintuitive given how I learned Hebrew consonants and vowels / am learning Syriac consonants and vowels).
Probably, I'm just cranky because it's not as easy as I want it to be.