How To Learn English Speaking for Arabic Speakers

Are you an Arabic speaker? Do you have problems with your English speaking? This information on how to learn English speaking for Arabic speakers can help you:

1. The most typical problem connected with Arabic speakers’ pronunciation of English is that they usually can’t see the difference between /p/ and /b/. As a result, they often overuse the /b/ sound, like in the examples below:

‘pen’ sounds like ‘ben’

‘pen’ sounds like ‘ben’

/p/  vs  /b/

‘pen’ sounds like ‘ben’
‘pencil’ sounds like ‘bencil’
‘potato’ sounds like ‘botato’
‘pray’ sounds like ‘bray’
‘police’ sounds like ‘bolice’


2. There is no /v/ sound in Arabic, so students also have problems with words which have this sound and very often use /f/ instead:

‘fast’ instead of ‘vast’

‘fast’ instead of ‘vast’

/f/  and  /v/

‘fery’ instead of ‘very’
‘fast’ instead of ‘vast’
‘aferage’ instead of ‘average’
‘filla’ instead of villa
‘wafy’ instead of ‘wavy’


3. Words in which there are a few consonants next to each other (e.g.  /spl/, /ts/, /ps/ etc.) are also difficult, and learners avoid them by adding an extra vowel where it’s not needed:

‘milik’ instead of ‘milk’

‘milik’ instead of ‘milk’

‘milik’ instead of ‘milk’
‘lengthes’ instead of ‘lengths’
‘lipestick’ instead of ‘lipstick’
‘exepected’ instead of ‘expected’
‘exeplain’ instead of ‘explain’
‘helep’ instead of ‘help’


4. Verb ‘to be’

Arabic has no verb ‘to be’ in the present tense and no ‘do’ or ‘does’, which leads to mistakes such as:

Wrong Correct
My country a beautiful country. My country is a beautiful country.
He a very good friend. He is a very good friend.
When you coming to visit me? When are you coming to visit me?
Which film she like? Which film does she like?
It made of paper. It is made of paper.
If you above 18 years old. If you are above 18 years old.
I really excited. I am really excited.

5. Statements and questions

A statement in Arabic becomes a question by putting a question mark when writing it and by changing your tone of voice when saying it. In English, this is not enough and we need to change the word order or add ‘do’, ‘does’, or ‘did’.

Wrong Correct
She is nice? Is she nice?
You go there very often? Do you go there very often?
She went with you? Did she go with you?
Your mother likes coffee? Does your mother like coffee?
They can help me? Can they help me?
Your friends do that?  Do your friends do that?
Does your mother like coffee?

Does your mother like coffee?


6. Complete and incomplete actions

There is no difference in Arabic between complete and incomplete actions, so Arabic students have problems with the Present Perfect tense:

Wrong Correct
I wrote the email, so you can check it. I’ve written the email, so you can check it.
She finished her homework yet? Has she finished her homework yet?
Mohammad went to America. Mohammad has gone to America?
I never saw this in my life. I’ve never seen this in my life.
He already ate. He’s already eaten.

7. Adjectives

Adjectives in Arabic follow the nouns but in English they come before the nouns:.

Wrong Correct
It’s a film beautiful. It’s a beautiful film.
I have a shirt white. I have a white shirt.
He bought a car fantastic.  He bought a fantastic car.
He bought a fantastic car.

He bought a fantastic car


8. Articles

In Arabic ‘the’ does not exist so students sometimes don’t use it when it’s needed.

Wrong Correct
I liked film at cinema yesterday. I liked the film at the cinema yesterday.
She knows title of book. She knows the title of the book.
Weather is good today. The weather is good today.
This is entrance. This is the entrance.
We know answer. We know the answer.

9. Spelling, punctuation and sentence length

In Arabic, texts are written and read from right to left. There is no difference between capital letters and lowercase letters, the sentences can be very long and punctuation is not used in the same way as in English. This is why Arab students have problems with spelling, punctuation and the length of sentences.

Wrong Correct
my country is saudi arabia and my city riyadh, i have three brother and two sister, my father name rashed and my mother called fatima, my country very beautiful and hot My country is Saudi Arabia and my city is Riyadh. I have three brothers and two sisters. My father’s name is Rashed and my mother is called Fatima. My country is very beautiful and hot.

10. Your answer here. What other mistakes do you know that Arabic speakers make?

Arabic speaker mistakes

Arabic speaker mistakes


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