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Even before your children get to school you can give them a great start in learning to read by helping them develop their skills in phonics - or the ability to discriminate and use speech sounds. English speech is made up of 44 sounds combined in different ways...
Because Arabic is a Semitic language, it differs significantly from English, which has a European language base. Native Arabic speakers may have a particularly difficult time with the aspects of English which do not exist in Arabic.
English is not an easy language to learn. Even ESL students who have a background of two or more languages often find English to be rather confusing and difficult to learn. However, it is the pronunciation that trips most students up.
Many years ago, a presenter at an ESL conference I attended began his stimulating, and very memorable, presentation with a ten minute mini lesson in . . . Thai! The audience of ESL teachers, syllabus planners and curriculum designers was stunned, but the point was effectively made: Learning correct pronunciation and intonation in a foreign language is not as simple as ESL teachers seem to think!
Learning phonics is time consuming but it is something your child has to do to be able to read properly. Phonics are the foundation of reading and without them your child will have problems when learning to read. On the internet and in the bookshops there are many ways to learn to read.
How I got around life being a bad speller and my Goal to fix it. This year I have a dream to become a good speller, I have been creating blogs and the spelling has driven me nuts. These blogs have motivated me to relearn the English language. Many people just do not try to do anything new or fix up their old bad habits and use many excuses.