Most Arabic courses use Romanization, ie the use of the Latin script to represent the pronunciation of Arabic letters and words. While this makes a lot of sense when no sound is available, I think it makes no sense when sound is available:
- Standardized Romanization uses characters, which are not on a standard keyboard, ie are cumbersome to type. As a result many different Romanizations have been invented and are used. Why should I waste time and energy of learning the specific Romanization, and then another one in another course.
- Romanization is a substitute for actually hearing the character, word, phrase, sentence by a native speaker. In the end I want to be able to understand native speakers.
- Using Romanization to represent the Arabic word instead of using the Arabic script takes away the opportunity to become fluent in reading the script. While Romanized forms of Arabic (Arabizi) are used in social media or in chatting apps, my impression is that this is now less then it used to be as typing Arabic on computers and even phones has become much easier.
I would be interested in hearing what other learners of Arabic think about this.