Tell us about yourself and how you got started with Arabic Seeds.
I am Emilie, founder of Arabic Seeds, a French mom currently homeschooling and living in British Columbia, Canada.
Tell me more about Arabic Seeds. What does it feature? What makes it so unique?
The goal of Arabic Seeds is to provide adapted Arabic resources to non-native speakers so that they can use the language in real life and really acquire it, and to promote the use of Arabic as a living language (not a dead-language that is only written and read and kept in textbooks. I studied some Latin and Ancient Greek during my Education in France and I don’t want Arabic to get classified in this category in the future). I strongly believe that the struggles experienced by a large part for Arabic learners in the West comes from the approach used to learn/teach it and by the lack of daily life exposure and practice. I don’t like to say that Arabic is a difficult language because that idea actually holds back learners instead of having them persevering and looking for the right approach to learn it.
- carefully proofread resources (my husband is my trustworthy Arabic proofreader, and my daughter now also helps me spot the first typos)
- English translation included.
- We purposely don’t provide transliterations as it can hold back and mislead learners, instead we now provide read aloud videos and audios to help non native speakers (members advantage)
- vowels (“harakaat”) in the Arabic text, more space between letters to ease beginning readers, clear Arabic font for beginners.
- meaningful topics inspired by kids & daily life and resources including full sentences so that learners can re-use what they learn in their own life and acquire the language! What you read or listen from our resources can be re-used when speaking.
- resources designed with a professional software, illustrated with our own hand-drawn illustrations.
What’s on offer at Arabic Seeds? Can you tell me more about the membership?
What are your most popular resources and why?
What advice would you give to parents teaching their children Arabic as a second language?
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