Which languague do you think is more difficult to learn, Hebrew or Arabic?
You need to look at it relative to what you know. An Arabic speaker learning Hebrew would be like an English speaker learning Spanish; not too difficult, fairly easy grammar, easy to pronounce. On the other hand, a Hebrew speaker learning Arabic would find it as hard as an English speaker would to learn Russian or German. More complex alphabet, harder to pronounce, more complex grammar, not to mention once you’ve learnt the standard form of Arabic, you could only read magazines or watch the news, normal people in the street would struggle to understand you, and when they reply in their native dialects,you probably wouldn’t have a clue what they were on about.
The Arabic dialects can be as different as the European languages are from each other, but there isn’t really any way to counter this problem, for example, most Arabic speakers universally understand spoken Egyptian Arabic due to the film and TV industry. However, if you learn Egyptian Arabic, although you have a good chance at being understood by a fair amount of speakers across the Arabic speaking world, you wouldn’t be able to read signs, magazines, etc, you wouldn’t be able to watch the news, most TV shows etc. So, if you want to be both able to speak Arabic and be literate in it, you have to essentially learn to speak 2 related, but very different languages.
on: 10th March 08