The English -> Arabic course starts off way too fast. I’m working on 5 languages, and all the other starts slow and simple. Arabic starts with long sentences.
One of the first two things are good morning (said to a man) and good morning (said to a woman). These are both like eight syllables long, and only differ in one syllable. It is so hard to tell the difference, let alone get those eight syllables down when we haven’t even practiced one and two syllable words yet or learn to some of the basic sounds/syllables.
I just had my first pronunciation check. First thing, a short word, easy. Second thing, a short word, easy. Third thing, one of those long sentences. You can barely read or understand the language and can’t speak it yet, but repeat these 10 syllables back to me, perfectly, from memory. Ridiculous!