Learning Arabic (and Other Languages) with YouTube

YouTube’s Trendspotting Tuesday focused this past week on the growing number of videos that can teach you a foreign language (for free, of course). Among the 12 video collections featured here, you’ll find ones that offer lessons in French, Spanish, Modern Greek, Latin, Japanese and Swahili, among others. They also highlight clips that demonstrate how to write Arabic. (Find the first clip below.) Straightaway, you’ll notice that these videos have a home brewed feel to them, and they’re not necessarily as substantive as what you can get for free via podcast. (See our large Foreign Language Lesson Podcast Collection). But, at least when it comes to demonstrating something visual (such as how to write Arabic) they have their purpose.

(P.S. With the video below, I have no idea how much the “instructor” actually knows about Arabic. The point isn’t to pass this off as a definitive source of knowledge, but more to show how the video platform is being used.)

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