People have been eagerly awaiting a Duolingo Arabic course for years. Duolingo allowed those people to start getting a little bit excited at the end of 2017 when they announced the course was coming soon. They said it would launch on 1st March 2018 and invited people to enter their email address to be notified when it launched.
I own Arabic Reading Course, an online course that teaches English speakers the Arabic alphabet and how to read. The course is incredibly popular and has been online for 8 years. For that reason, I’m really interested to see if Duolingo cover the alphabet in their course.
The launch of a Duolingo Arabic course
The 1st of March arrived and Duolingo changed the launch date to the 1st August 2018. What happened? Had there been unforeseen problems in producing the course? Probably not. I suspect they were wanting to measure interest before putting too much resource into developing it. They wanted to see how many people registered their interest.
The 1st of August approached but still no launch of a Duolingo Arabic course. The date had been pushed back again to 1st October 2018. I’m keeping a close eye on Duolingo and as soon as this course does finally launch, I’ll be reviewing it here.
Learning Arabic with an online course
I’m as excited as anyone to see what Duolingo have done with the course. In general, I feel the Duolingo method has some limitations, especially around preparing you for real communication in the real world (but that’s fine, nothing is ever perfect). I’m especially interested to see which Arabic dialect they choose and whether they teach the alphabet and how to read.
Watch this space.
In the meantime, have a look at Arabic Reading Course for a simplified way of learning to read Arabic.