Good news! You can learn a new language for free, and at the comforts of your home.
Learning a new skill will be beneficial for you, career-wise. For instance, learning Arabic while working in the Middle East earns you more points with your employer. You can be given additional tasks, hopefully with matching promotion, because you know the local language.
Learn Arabic and English
If you have extra time due to the pandemic, you could take advantage of the free language lessons that several institutions offer. You only need a stable internet connection, and a desire to learn.
Rewaaa offers Arabic lessons for women. The course is geared towards non-Arabic speakers, where the course covers grammar, reading, and writing. The module runs for 6 months and is given every Sunday and Thursday from 5 AM to 9 AM. This is a complimentary online lesson.
Students are required to have knowledge of the Arabic alphabet. To enroll for the course, you need to register with them. Here is the link you can use: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScdA6BbuZpVypT76x8D2E4Mwq1kNTY1m8ii52_DbLNMqqn3pg/viewform
Aside from Arabic, Rewaaa also teaches Quran and Soorah Al-Kahf. Registration to the site is also needed.
Al-Jazeera has a Learning Website, which teaches the Arabic language. Learners can take a test to assess their level of learning about the language. The test topics cover basic conversations.
The lessons are categorized according to lower novice or beginner, minimum average or intermediate, and senior apprentice or elementary level. Learners are also taught to write the Arabic alphabet.
The US Embassy in Qatar offers American English language lessons through their official Facebook page and YouTube channels. The Facebook page contains videos on topics such as Closely Related Words, Idioms, Conversational English, and Prepositions. By listening to these videos, you can also hear how certain words are pronounced.
Meanwhile, the YouTube channel also offers video lessons. There are also activities and resources, especially for learners in the upper beginner and advanced categories.
It also takes discipline and motivation to successfully learn a new language. Since these classes are online, you can take most of these during your free time. A more efficient way to learn the language is to write down what you learned and keep reviewing the words. You can also practice some of the words you’ve learned with a native speaker. It may be hard at first, but you will thank yourself once you have reaped the rewards of your efforts.