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Keep Going!

Some of you maybe able to relate to this.

Some days went by and I felt like I was making no progress in my Arabic.

when I’d listen to or read something in Arabic. Other days I would jump from elation upon learning a new phrase, a new word, understand a book or an article more.

It was like a day of progress and days of no progress and even some days of forgetting things and going backwards.

Doubts started creeping into my mind. Can I really learn this language or is it beyond me?

Don’t give up. If you’re already halfway on your journey you might as well carry on right?

Just Keep Going!

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Survival Arabic At A Cafe

You’re at a cafe in an Arabic speaking country. Nobody speaks English. It maybe suprising to some but I have met some Arabic students who after two years living in Egypt just point to pictures on the menu.

I mentioned in my book Get Fluent In Arabic that before heading to Egypt I focused on being able to speak basic everyday fusha Arabic. My friend focused on grammar. His goal was to try and score the highest score on the entry level exam. There were a problem with this approach. One, he was too afraid to go out as he could not speak Arabic to the taxi driver to the guy at the local groceries. There’s a saying ”fear only makes your world become smaller.”  He spent a good  few weeks practically indoors. Only going out when I went out. It’s amazing how small your world can become when you can’t speak the language of the people with whom you are living amongstBeing able to speak the language and eat the food you’re used to is definitely a way to stay sane being away from home. i guess you could turn to Google images and show people the food you want but it is still a crutch. Here are a few survival sentences I learned before heading abroad. I will post other survival sentences in upcoming posts.

أريد التونة شطيرة

Uridu tuna shateera I want a tuna sandwich

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أريد ألقهوة

uridu qahwa I want coffee


 أريد كعكة ألشوكولاتة

Uridu caaka chocolata I want chocolate cake


أريد عصير ألبرتقال

uridu asirul bortugaal I want orange juice


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بكم؟ becum how much?

All you gotta do is go on google translate and type the desired food you wana order and put it after the verb uridu and you’re good to go! Remember knowledge not acted upon is soon forgotten. Use whatever you learn immediately!

Thank you for reading this blog 🙂

Shajahan (Author Of Get Fluent In Arabic)

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Time Saver!

Google Voice Is pretty revolutionary.

It can save you soooooo much time.

I’ve used in writing long emails, SMS, whatps app messages and even blogs. Instead of spending an hour and a half two two hours typing I can get that same amount of work done by using Google voice.

Seriously guys, don’t type it say it. You’ll save yourself hours on end like this. At first it may seem weird but once you get into the habit man it’s amazing!

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How rich & smart are you?

 All praises belong to God lord of the worlds

Yesterday I was pondering this verse it’s so profound!

God does not just say he is the lord and stop there. In Arabic the word lord رب rubb anyone can be a lord.

I could say أنا رب ألمنزل  ana rubbul manzil meaning I am the lord of the house meaning it’s my house.

God is not just lord and stop there he clarifies further stating he is the lord of all the worlds.

I used to think the worlds as just the various different planets in the universe, but there is world within our bodies within our cells, each of us lives in our own world as we experience life, there is a world within which bacteria live.  The football world, the political world, the academic world. God is the owner of all these worlds including the digital world we now see developing on our screens. He is the lord owner of all of this.

I used to pass verses that relate to God owning all the time and not reflect on them at all until yesterday.

To God belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth.

Us humans we love to boast and show off to others about what we own, fancy houses, car job etc. We can even become arrogant about what we have, and can do not realizing that what we have is a gift from God which can be taken away.

No matter how much a person may own, how powerful they maybe it will never equal even the size of an atom compared to all that God owns. One of the names of God is ألغنى al ghanni (the rich one)

Some people also love boasting about what they can do with regard to special skills they have speaking a language, martial arts computer knowledge or have smart and clever they are. They risk losing their abilities.

Remember when you are arrogant you are

God talks about what he can do which no human can match

Who has created the seven heavens one above another, you can see no fault in the creations of the Most Beneficent. Then look again: “Can you see any faults?”

Then look again and yet again, your sight will return to you in a state of humiliation and worn out.

All these verses of God’s ownership and God’s power is a reminder to us to be humble and not forget his majesty magnificence which can be witnessed by observing nature.

Remember when you are arrogant you are  risking losing all you have and can do. And instead if you are grateful he will give you more.

Being grateful always leads to receiving more. How?

If a person gives you a present and you thank then really really sincerely showing it. Will they feel like giving you more?

Imagine in front of that same person you display arrogance and start boasting about the gift you received are they likely to feel like giving you more gifts in the future?

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Visualize and it can materialize

Can how you see yourself affect how well you speak Arabic or any language?

I don’t know what it is but for some reason at the time I speak any language my first language English or Arabic if I don’t see myself as artculate intelligence and I feel nervous then start stuttering or i speak to low or too fast and not clearly enough.

Around certain teachers I felt confident to speak Arabic. Around others I was a nervous wreck. Fumbling around to utter one word. It’s a horrible feeling when you’re not confident at an interview, or any type of oral examination.

But it’s all in our head. Caused by exaggerated fear.

All it takes is for you to start seeing yourself as a articulate speaker and you’ll see the huge change this brings. You’ll speak slower and clearer.

Here’s a simple solution that works with me.
Before the event visualize the conversation going well.

Just close your eyes and imagine yourself speaking really well. See yourself laughing in Arabic with the other person. Picture yourself speaking with composure.

Picture the other person being impressed with your level of Arabic.

We are always visualizing things. Everytime we think we have an image in our head. When an idea pops into our head we see it as an image. Even words and numbers are pictured as images in our heads.

When we think of bad things happening we have an image of that bad thing. That’s visualizing.

Try and think of anything and you’ll see that an image is what pops into your mind when the thought comes to you.

Think of your house, your car, your parents, your spouse I’m sure an image will pop into your head as you think of them.

Spend five to ten minutes visualizing positive qualities you want in yourself. It’s relaxing powerful and works. Thanks to the book the Secret I’ve only recently discovered this amazing tool. Replace negative thoughts (negative visualization) and replace them with positive thoughts (positive visualization) as best you can.

Start to see yourself with all the positive qualities and act as if you already have them. Ibnul Quyyum in his book Patience and gratitude said to develop patience start acting as if you already are.

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Author of Get Fluent In Arabic

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I’m Lost!


You’re going abroad to study Arabic you have you have planned everyhing you need, as you know you’ll be there for a good few months. We pack and prepare every thing we need.

Question:What have you prepared and planned for your studies for your stay abroad?
Dum Dum Dum. I’ve seen people plan for the wedding but not the marriage.
Planning for getting to hajj but not the actual hajj itself.

Time is wasted trying to figure out how to have a great marriage, how to make the most of hajj how to learn Arabic when we find ourselves in the situation.

We need to remember to plan for the long term instead of just planning for one day wedding, getting to Hajj, getting to our Arabic speaking country and other one event.

For your Arabic read my blog on my plan to fluency and following the process  as well as Get Fluent In Arabic

An amazing system to learn Arabic is a program called Rocket Arabic I recently discovered

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Goal Setting Can Change Your Life

Rocket Arabic's Amazing Award winning system

Rocket Arabic’s Amazing Award winning program

I have to admit in 2008 when I came across the concept of goal setting it changed my life for the better.

Some of you have probably heard this before but for those of you who have not please set your goals.

Why You Need Goals? 

They’ll push you to achieve things you’ve never done.

Reduce depression. One cause of depression is having nothing to do. Ask yourself what you want and set that as your goal. Don’t be happy with working so you can pay your bills set higher goals. Such as investing, going on family holidays.

Reduce regret You really don’t wana look back at your life and wonder what you did with it. Aim for nothing and you’ll hit it everytime.

Feel great Everyday set yourself one or two small goals that help you achieve the big goal. You’ll feel a sense of achievement. Set your goals the night before.

Eliminates confusion I’ve come across many people who are wandering around lost, confused as to what to do with their life. By simply asking yourself what you want from life and writing all your wants as a list and setting them as goals you’ve now given yourself a purpose and solved the problem of feeling confused.

Keep a diary At the end of each day write down what you achieved and account yourself for the time you’ve been given. This will help you analyze how you spend your days which will help you see how you spend your life. I used to not use a diary on my free days off from work I’d feel terrible for not accomplishing anything. A direct result of not setting goals and keeping a diary to keep track of time. By not setting my goals on my days off from work. This meant having empty time doing nothing. Which lead to doing nothing.

The time would end up being filled up with useless activity such as spending hours on end browsing through my phone doing nothing. It’s actually one of the biggest time suckers! If you’re gonna browse through your phone ask yourself why you’re doing it? What are you gonna achieve by doing it?

Since 2013 I’ve really started to take goal setting seriously and have achieved more in my life such as finding my wife, writing books, travelling and more than I did in the previous 20 years of my life.

Goals are things you want in your life. A spouse, car, home, financial success, a language you wana learn.

Get a pen write down your goals and then identify one step you can take and commit to taking one small step everyday.

Remember everything you have achieved in your life came as a result of setting it as a goal. Whether it be exam grades or otherwise. Everything has a goal a purpose the cells organs in your body to video games. What’s your goals?

“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.” ~ J.C. Penney