The Arabic Imperative
by: Saif Omar
What I’ve learned from advising and observing thousands of students on their Arabic journey, the best way to solidify learning in your current level is to take the next one. Only from level 2 do you truly begin to appreciate your progress in level 1. By learning more advanced topics, the earlier topics sink in. It's as if the new content compresses the older content, making it look easy! Learning Quranic Arabic is a journey like climbing a mountain or running a marathon, not like constructing a house. There's no staying still, it’s either up or down, forward or backward. Either you are progressing and moving up towards the peak, or you start sliding down.
The worst thing is to stop or separate from your climbing buddies. The way to the top is to keep moving together. Whether you go through a storm and are thrown off track for a bit or you are tired, keep moving, even if you’ve slowed down and are just inching forward. Once someone stops, it's very difficult to make it to the top. Ninety percent of students who take extended time off (more than 1 semester) their Fawakih journey never come back to finish their journey. Life happens. Like in a mountain climb, once you stop moving, the cold sets in and the doubts start creeping into your mind. It's very difficult to catch up and get back into it. You end up going to basecamp and waiting to hear stories from the others who made it to the top.
A few practical tips, if you must take time off:
Have and communicate a clear timeline
Hold yourself accountable by registering for the next level
Keep a steady routine of review and study during your sabbatical
Stay in touch with your coach to stay committed and connected