Hear how clients are experiencing our Levantine Arabic program.
Interested in learning Arabic but don’t know where to start? Hear from people studying with us. Still have questions? Contact us and ask us anything.
Michael (studies Arabic 5 hours/day)
Shababeek has made [studying Arabic] fun and interesting. The time just flies by.
Letitia (engaged to a Jordanian)
Every day Shababeek is helping me take steps to better communicate in my personal life.
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What is it like to begin studying Arabic?
Hear how our participants are experiencing the process of being fully immersed in Arabic from day one.
No books needed!
From Skeptical to Amazed
“I feel very spoiled being here.” Letitia studies colloquial Arabic to be able to interact with her in-laws; she’s engaged to a Jordanian.
In this video, she shares how her communication and understanding of Arabic have been quickly boosted by participating in Shababeek’s Levantine Arabic program.
“Shababeek has empowered me… I really see progress everyday.”
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“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!
Our local friends are amazed
After just one year, our local friends are amazed at our ability to hold conversations completely in Arabic!
Efficient and fun
Shababeek is by far the most efficient and fun out of everything I’ve done so far on my language journey to this point.
I cohost a podcast in Arabic
I just finished recording an interview episode of a podcast I cohost in Arabic that will hopefully launch soon. My language learning journey will never be over, but the linguistic… Read more “I cohost a podcast in Arabic”
We couldn’t be happier!
Locals tell us all the time that they can’t believe how much Arabic we know after only 6 months here. We couldn’t be happier!
It feels like a miracle
Shababeek has given me the best Arabic learning experience I could ask for. It feels like a miracle that within two years I could go from knowing nearly nothing to… Read more “It feels like a miracle”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our participants enjoy the following apps:
Voice Record Pro
Hi-Q MP3 recorder for Android
Voice recorder and audio editor for iPhone