Asalamu Alaikum Waramatulahi Warbarakatu,
As always, I pray this finds you all in the best of health and iman. This question is aimed at any revert who has learned Arabic successfully. You see, in my area there have been many that have promised to teach me Arabic, but have not delivered for one reason or another. So I bought a tape saet entitled 'Learn to read the Qur'an on your own' which was very useful as far as teaching me the alphabet, pronunciation of letters and what the letters look like when put into a word. However, it did nothing as far as vocabulary was concerned. Recently, I got together with this brother who said he would teach me Arabic in exchange for me helping him with his English. I agreed, but he has not been showing me the same patience I have been showing him in teaching English. So I've made the decision that he is not good for me as a teacher because after 5 lessons with him, all I can remember is "Lesson One" or "Aldarsu Alawalu" as he drilled it into my head over and over. He spent so much time on that, I cant even remember the actual lesson itself.
In any case, I came to the conclusion that if I wait for someone to teach me, I'll never learn, so I'm taking matters into my own hands, much the way I did with learning the alphabet. I figure if I can do that, I can teach myself vocabulary. The question is how and this is where my question to reverts comes in: What program, software, audio etc. did you use in order to learn Arabic? I'm looking to purchase one and need some kind of feedback on products out there before I sink money into something that is either too hard or simply not user friendly. Any kind of help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.