Arabic Grammar Basics Understanding

Understanding Arabic grammar basics

The Arabic grammar is the skeleton that enables all other parts to fall into place, and without it, the language itself wouldn’t exist, and people would find it chaotic to attempt to use the language in self-expression.

Although all other linguistic dimensions of the Arabic language are of great value to the verbal expression of oneself, grammar is the one thing that drives the engine and makes it possible for people to express themselves in Arabic.

What are the basics of Arabic grammar?

The basics of Arabic grammar is all the grammatical rules that prepare one for the next levels of grammar, allow one to express themselves properly in Arabic in simple, and short sentences, with simple sentence structures.

Usually, the teaching of the basics of Arabic grammar is traced back to the word level; what it is, and how the Arabs classify it. In the Arabic language, the word can either be a noun, a verb, or a preposition. 

You will probably come across this classification in Arabic grammar lesson 1; as each of them differ in characteristics, and each has its own position in the Arabic sentence.

Speaking of which, the sentence level is also important to delve into in order to be able to express one’s simpler thoughts in Arabic. 

Whereas in most languages the sentence has one system, which mostly: is the subject followed by the verb, which is in turn followed by a complementary phrase, in the Arabic language, the sentence has two systems.

What are the parts of Arabic grammar?

Arabic grammar can be divided into three categories that complement each other in creating such a wonderful language:

1- Noun:

Nouns or Al-Ism refers to something that is either pointed out through pronouns, proper nouns, or common nouns. It’s timeless and is not limited to a timeframe.

2- Verb: 

Verbs or Al-Fe’el is a word that refers to a certain incident, which is limited to a certain vague timeframe: either the past, the present, or the future. Each grammatical tense of the three has a certain cloak to dress the verb into; so that it would enter that era gracefully.

3- Preposition:

Arabic linguists defined a preposition to be all that is not a noun or a verb, and all that has no meaning in itself. It has a meaning only when it joins a noun, and is preceded by a verb. Other than that, it doesn’t add a value to the meaning of a sentence.

What is the grammar order in Arabic?

The grammar order in Arabic is different from that of most other languages; and this difference doesn’t only come in the structure of the system only, but also in the number of the systems and the meaning behind them.

Arabic grammar describes two sentence systems: the noun sentence, and the verbal sentence. 

1- Noun sentences:

In the noun sentence, the noun precedes all other components, and the main focus of the content of the sentence is that noun, and what layer of meaning it brings to the table.

2- Verbal sentences: 

In the verbal sentence, the verb precedes all other components, and the main focus of the sentence is within the meaning of the verb, and the tense that verb holds within its letters.

So, for example, a sentence such as: “Ahmed eats dinner” can be translated as:

أحمد يتناول العشاء. Which is a noun sentence, starting with the noun Ahmed

يتناول أحمد العشاء. Which is a verbal sentence, starting with the verb eats

After learning the different categories a word can belong to, and how you can arrange them into a meaningful sentence, it’s such a fun game to turn noun sentences into verbal sentences and vice versa.

How can I learn Arabic grammar fast?

Learning Arabic grammar quickly and efficiently is a just concern of those who are trying to learn the Arabic language, and are trying to survive in the deep ocean of endless Arabic grammatical rules; such as: newly converted Muslims who need to learn Arabic in order to perform different acts of worship.

There are some tips that will make the process of learning the Arabic grammar easy, quick, and fun:

1- Understanding basic grammar:

Studying and understanding the basic grammar of the Arabic language will help you significantly in managing the more advanced levels of the Arabic grammar later on. 

In this case, the Arabic basic grammar is like a tree’s roots, and if you don’t tend to the roots and water them enough, you can’t expect the tree to grow strong and healthy. 

So, make sure that the roots of your Arabic grammar tree are fierce and can handle any winds of minor negligence of studying that may come around at any time.

2- Taking some Arabic grammar classes:

Taking some Arabic grammar classes with professional professors will guide you in your journey, and will make a difference with each and every step.

Sahlah academy offers the best Arabic grammar online classes, with a group of distinguished tutors, who are trained to help you achieve your educational goals in the quickest and most efficient ways.

3- Reading the Quran:

Although reading the Quran without mastering the Arabic language might seem like a quite difficult challenge, it will hasten your elevation of level in Arabic grammar.

Getting familiar with the language through reading the Quran will get you familiar with the most elegant and dignified version of the language; as it is the word of Allah; the creator of the Arabic language itself.

4- Listening to Arabic podcasts:

Listening to Arabic podcasts is one of the fun and efficient ways to exercise the grammatical rules you have studied, and get acquainted with new ones. 

Choose a topic of your liking, and start to listen intently and repeatedly to one podcast on that topic until you have completely digested all its parts, then move to another one.

Aside from the remarkable development of your listening skills, your ears, and brain will be constantly exercising the grammatical rules you are theoretically familiar with.

5- Reading novels and books:

Reading novels and books is yet another method through which you can learn Arabic grammar quickly, while having fun and enjoying yourself. 

Find a book of your liking, and just lose yourself in it, and by the time you finish it, your mind would have already become friends with some more grammatical structures.

6- Practicing the grammar by speaking in Arabic:

Practicing the grammar by speaking in Arabic will make your journey of learning the Arabic grammar much shorter. 

You can start with easy phrases; such as Sabahu Alkhair (good morning), Assalamu Alaikum (peace be upon you – the greeting in Islam), Shokran (thank you), and Ela Aliqaa (goodbye). 

Understanding Arabic grammar is undoubtedly the door into the vast and adventurous world of the Arabic language, and the key to open that door is to make acquaintance with the basics of Arabic grammar first. So, knock on our door at Sahlah Academy, and ask for the key now.

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