Learn Spoken Arabic2022-02-10T13:53:35+03:00

Arabic language development alongside cross-cultural growth

“Advanced High” test score

Shababeek helped my wife and I achieve our long-term goal of reaching Advanced High on the ACTFL OPI Speaking Evaluation!

learning Levantine Arabic in Amman Jordan
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two women learning colloquial Arabic in Amman Jordan

Your journey through our five-phase program starts with simple activities to develop comprehension and conversation skills.

You are the author of your story.

We’re here to help you find the words.

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Phase 1

FOUNDATIONS

Learn the physical world around you. Using pictures, objects, and puppets, collect the most essential vocabulary through seeing and doing.

Beginners learning spoken Arabic in Amman Jordan
Phase 2

VISUAL STORYTELLING

Learn how to build simple stories in the present and past based on your developing vocabulary. Picture books are used as visual aids in storytelling.

Intermediate students learning spoken Arabic in Amman Jordan
Phase 3

SHARED STORIES

Move beyond the visual into telling familiar world stories and practicing role plays for common interactions.

upper level student learning spoken Arabic in Amman Jordan
Phase 4

DEEP UNDERSTANDING

Gain deep insights and new perspectives on local life and culture. Your nurturer will share their life story and societal values with you, allowing you to discover the culture around you at a deep level.

conversational upper level student learning spoken Arabic in Amman Jordan
Phase 5

ARAB DISCOURSE

Expand your ability to participate in natural settings. Audio and visual resources intended for a Jordanian audience develop your understanding when participating in a group of native speakers. Activities are structured to help you speak and act like a native.

advanced Arabic speaker in spoken Arabic in Amman Jordan
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Frequently Asked Questions

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE SHABABEEK?2022-04-20T12:56:39+03:00
Shababeek has a team of developers committed to serving you by creating new resources and activities to enrich your time with us. You’ll receive access to hundreds of stories, animations and recordings.  This online listening library contains a variety of voices and dialects for use in your sessions. Included in your session costs are workshops on culture, language learning, intercultural development and adaptation.  As an added service, you’ll have access to quarterly sessions with a transition and adaptation coach as well as regular program consultations to make sure you remained encouraged and supported throughout your learning. We believe in maintaining a high level of professionalism in our service to you.  Each of our staff has an Employee Support Manager who coaches your nurturer to meet your goals.  Your sessions will never be cancelled so you are guaranteed the hours you have scheduled.
HOW MANY HOURS DO I NEED TO COMMIT TO MY SUCCESS?2022-04-20T10:55:31+03:00

As many as you can. It takes around 1600 hours of sessions to build a vocab of 10,000 recognizable words. This is when we start to understand most of what we hear around us.

Ask yourself the question: “How long do I want to wait to know people and be known by Arabic speakers?” The more hours you are learning daily, the faster the “wall of noise” around you will become familiar sounds and the more you’ll feel a sense of belonging.

We recommend taking 20 hours weekly for your first year of sessions to fast-track your learning.

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO BECOME FLUENT?2022-04-20T10:52:21+03:00

In his book, Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell highlights a study published in the “Harvard Business Review.” The concept has become known as the “10,000 hours to become an expert rule.”  Gladwell explains the research behind the idea that true expertise is achieved after investing 10,000 hours in learning or practicing a skill. This may be a sport, a musical instrument or the study of something.

If we consider fluency to be the same as being an “expert”, then a learner should invest 10,000 hours in their language efforts over time.

There are many ways to define “fluency.”  An easier question to answer is, “How long until I understand most of what is happening around me?”  In this case, it’s necessary to become familiar with at least 10,000 vocabulary words in any given language, particularly a language as rich as Arabic.  We find this takes most people around 1600 hours of Arabic sessions.  Depending on how many hours you are committing, this can be reached in as few as 16 months.  Most Arabic learners set aside two years for full time Arabic immersion.

For more information on this topic, check out this article.

WHEN DO I START READING AND WRITING?2022-04-20T10:40:53+03:00

At Shababeek efforts are focused on helping you quickly understand the world around you and develop relationships. For that reason, beginning in Phase 2, we start with practical skills you need quickly, like reading words on signs and text messaging friends.

Your Arabic program can be personalized and adjusted to your abilities and goals.  Some people have high ambitions for their reading and writing.  Others prefer to strengthen conversational skills as their primary focus.  At Shababeek you can have it whichever way you’d like it.  Vast written resources help you progress according to your personal abilities – as fast as you can go!

If you like worksheets and reading texts – we’ve got endless resources to meet your needs.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY LANGUAGE SESSION?2020-07-01T05:32:57+03:00

All you need is a recording device and both ears. You can purchase one (Sony digital flash recorder or Olympus recorders are both good) or use your phone or tablet/ipad.

WHICH RECORDING APPS DO YOU RECOMMEND?2020-07-01T05:33:23+03:00

Our participants enjoy the following apps:

Voice Record Pro

Hi-Q MP3 recorder for Android

Voice recorder and audio editor for iPhone

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