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Sep 4, 2010 7:15 AM

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At least, that's what this study said:

Reading Arabic 'hard for brain'

Israeli scientists believe they have identified why Arabic is particularly hard to learn to read.

The University of Haifa team say people use both sides of their brain when they begin reading a language - but when learning Arabic this is wasting effort.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11181457

Jews. Dissing Arabic. What else is new?

Yet, if this is the case, this may explain why the Middle East is so backwards...

So... I dunno...

article said:
When someone learns to read Arabic they have to work out which letters are which, and which ones go with which sounds.

It is the ability to tell letters apart that seems to work differently in Arabic - because telling the characters apart involves looking at very small details such as the placement of dots.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic#Examples

And looking at the examples... my gosh... they generally look the same...
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Sep 4, 2010 7:24 AM

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Not really, it all depends on whether you are accustomed with the letters or not. I have no problem reading arabic letters at all. I can read quite fast to. It seems that what the researchers says also applies to other languages like Japanese, Koreans, etc. where we also have to look for details in the writing.
 
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Sep 4, 2010 7:24 AM

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It is really difficult to learn (I've tried), but it does look really cool. All I can read in Arabic now is my name and Allah. I've studied the Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean alphabets, but I think Arabic is the hardest to read. Nevertheless, it's obviously not impossible.
 
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Assalamualaikum ...
I am living in a muslim country, and hearing people "singing" using the megaphone from the Mosque is very common.its annoying ...seriously
I guess if you read the Holy Quaran everyday,it won't be a very hard task to accomplished.
 
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Sep 4, 2010 7:47 AM

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People who complain about Kanji have obviously never seen this shit.
 
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Sep 4, 2010 7:49 AM

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Arabic reading is easy. It's actually pretty simple. Just learn the letters and the vowels; a few rules and you'll get it down. I learnt how to read it in a week. But I was 8 when I learnt it, and I suppose children pick things up faster. But then again, why the hell can't I speak my parents language when they've been speaking it around me my whole life?

 
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YuniYasha said:
People who complain about Kanji have obviously never seen this shit.
DID SOMEONE SAID KANJI???
鬮䯂龞麤 It look like electric circuit!!!
 
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Sep 4, 2010 8:01 AM

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Yammin said:
But then again, why the hell can't I speak my parents language when they've been speaking it around me my whole life?


MorningGlory said:
its annoying ...seriously


>:D

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Anyways, here's the list of characters:

http://www.omniglot.com/writing/arabic.htm

I remember as a child. My uncle taught me the numbers/numerals. I had 'em down pat too... but ultimately, I forgot 'em.

Anyways, being an adult, I'm still struggling remembering the difference between:
shi - シ
tsu - ツ
That's just two characters in Japanese (katakana).

For Arabic, y'got pairs of characters, sometimes triplets, that look similar.
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Sep 4, 2010 8:02 AM

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MorningGlory said:
YuniYasha said:
People who complain about Kanji have obviously never seen this shit.
DID SOMEONE SAID KANJI???
鬮䯂龞麤 It look like electric circuit!!!

I'm pretty darn sure Arabic isn't as complicated.

 
Sep 4, 2010 8:09 AM

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KyuuAL said:

For Arabic, y'got pairs of characters, sometimes triplets, that look similar.


Believe it or not, I can say the same to our alphabets as well. i and j looks similar. I and l looks very very similar, especially in handwriting. d is reverse b. n is like r with longer line continuing down. F and E only differ by one line. In Japanese they got a lot more of similar looking characters whether it's hiragana, katakana, or kanji. Even same characters may be read differently. Even character size also reads differently (つ is tsu while っ is mark for double consonant, for example). So yeah I think that what you said earlier is true:
KyuuAL said:

Jews. Dissing Arabic. What else is new?
 
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KyuuAL said:

For Arabic, y'got pairs of characters, sometimes triplets, that look similar.

I never learn Arabic and I have no intention of learning it but many Muslim says that their language is more easier to read compare to English....
I think this is about the ability of adapting it while you are young...
hater gonna hate late learner gonna learn late?? LOL
 
Sep 4, 2010 8:23 AM

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So it took a big study to decide that learning to read Arabic tends to be more difficult than reading with other alphabets? Money well spent, scientists! Money well spent!
 
Sep 4, 2010 8:25 AM

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Jews. Dissing Arabic. What else is new?

Arabs study in Israeli universities too, you know.
 
Sep 4, 2010 9:35 AM

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Arabic isn't easy at all, but not that hard. The main problem would be to remember all (1-4) different forms of characters (starting, ending, connected, single), and to be able to distinguish them (the "dots" add to that matter). The rest is not harder than in other languages.
Spoken Arabic is probably easier than English.

But as far as I know Arabic script (through the years) was changed to look good (to impress foreigners in medieval times) rather than being efficient. So it might be "wasted effort" indeed. For example, while the writing system of Hebrew is nearly identical to Arabic (like French and German), reading/learing (modern) Hebrew script is much easier, as it was made for that purpose when it got reformed in 19th century.

KyuuAL said:
Jews. Dissing Arabic. What else is new?

And that why they (mandatorily) learn Arabic for 3 years in middle school? /sarcasm
 
Sep 4, 2010 9:37 AM

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Just looking at these 'worms' gives me a headache, but I'd still take that over logographic system. Anyway, I don't feel like either is actually worth the effort.

 
Sep 4, 2010 10:10 AM

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lawrence of arabia :P
 
Sep 4, 2010 10:42 AM

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Read my Math work, we'll see which is harder...
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Sep 4, 2010 1:29 PM

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I don't think learning to read Arabic is any harder than learning to read any other language, specially when I think of the trouble I have reading Japanese. There are only 28 letters in the Arabic abjad, learning it isn't all that difficult. As stated before, the most challenging part can be remembering the contextual shapes of every letter (isolated, initial, medial or final). The standard writing is simple and easy to read, if some letters look very similar, their pronunciation is pretty different, so it becomes easy to distinguish them with practice.

Only the calligraphy styles can be really difficult to read, I still can't read some of them although I'm a native speaker and have been learning Arabic at school for 14 years. Looks more like abstract art than writing sometimes.
 
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KyuuAL said:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic#Examples

That actually frustrated me in a way.
What is this I don't even...
 
Sep 4, 2010 9:28 PM

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This study is from 2002. Why is it on BBC now?

(Poor journalist. Must feed five children. Nothing interesting happens - nothing interesting you'd want published, at least - so instead, sift through a random research archive after a title one'd understand, then write about it. Livelihood guaranteed for another month.)

KyuuAL said:
Jews. Dissing Arabic. What else is new?

Yet, if this is the case, this may explain why the Middle East is so backwards...

Israelis aren't necessarily Jews. And many Israelis speak Arabic, and quite a few are Arabs. The very article itself? It was co-written with a Raphiq Ibrahim, who I'd say sounds as if he is of Arabic heritage (might still be Jew though).

As for explaining why the Middle East is backwards, are you serious? If so, may Armok help you.

I remember as a child. My uncle taught me the numbers/numerals. I had 'em down pat too... but ultimately, I forgot 'em.


You know what the study also shows? That Arabic numerals are processed easier than Hindi.

RedSuisei said:
Koreans

Hangul is one of the easiest writing system there are.
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Assalamualaikum ...


Nicki Minaj prepared me to know what that is.
 
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Arabic's easy. 1234567890. There, I just read Arabic... unless you're talking about the letters.
 
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LiarK said:
Jews. Dissing Arabic. What else is new?

Arabs study in Israeli universities too, you know.
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