EDU I have been studying Modern Standard Arabic and Modern Hebrew for sixteen years now and I only know one phrase in Arabic and can only speak Hebrew...

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for like three sentences and that's it. What am I doing wrong?

I have all 3 levels of Hebrew and Arabic on Pimsleur.
 
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Hold off on the Arabic until you're fluent in Hebrew, or vice versa. It's like trying to learn addition and subtraction at the same time. You always end up at 0.
True. You are right. Thank you for this.

But should I study one or the other on Paul Noble, Rosetta Stone, or HebrewPod or should I stick with Pimsleur?

It is like Pimsleur entices you with the first three levels with easy conversations and then throws you into something that is so hard you hardly ever remember it. And that is how they get you to buy it, or at least the early lessons.
 
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When I contact the Polyglots on YouTube, those guys never answer their Private Messages, etc. and never get back to me.

Is there anyone on OT that knows the best audio/software program to learn Arabic and/or Hebrew?
 

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True. You are right.

But should I study one or the other on Paul Noble, Rosetta Stone, or HebrewPod or should I stick with Pimsleur?

It is like Pimsleur entices you with the first three levels with easy conversations and then throws you into something that is so hard you hardly ever remember it. And that is how they get you to buy it, or at least the early lessons.

I've never had experience with any of those. But from what you're saying, it sounds like maybe you should move away from Pimsleur. Rosetta Stone is the only name I even recognize, so I'd go with that one. But I have next to 0 knowledge on the topic so I could be leading you in the wrong direction.
 
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I've never had experience with any of those. But from what you're saying, it sounds like maybe you should move away from Pimsleur. Rosetta Stone is the only name I even recognize, so I'd go with that one. But I have next to 0 knowledge on the topic so I could be leading you in the wrong direction.
No, you're not leading me down the wrong direction. I find Pimsleur overpriced due to the minimal content and I find that learning one language is easier than learning two at once.

So you are right. I thank you for the help.
 
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I do not know why Pimsleur sells 3 levels of a language for $119 for MP3s per level and like $600 to $1000 for a 5 level set.

If no one has heard of Pimsleur except a few people like me, then shouldn't it be cheaper rather than more expensive? Because if demand is low, doesn't economics and marketing say it will sell at the cheaper end than the more expensive end?
 
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are you studying in a class as well? or are you one of those people who thinks that sitting in their room for an hour a day with rosetta stone/pimsleur is all that stands between you and some immigrant pussy?
 
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are you studying in a class as well? or are you one of those people who thinks that sitting in their room for an hour a day with rosetta stone/pimsleur is all that stands between you and some immigrant pussy?
That is what Pimsleur and Rosetta Stone say, that half an hour a day does the trick, but I am saying to myself now it is a good time to be less naive.
 
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I do know, from watching the Langfocus YouTube channel, that there are similarities between Arabic and Hebrew though:

Hello is Shalom in Hebrew and Salaam in Arabic.
No is Lo in Hebrew and La in Arabic.
To write is Katavti in Hebrew and Katab in Arabic.
Dog is Kelev in Hebrew and Kalb in Arabic.
 

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