I just want to offer some words of support for LufthansaUSA's "list" in his last post. That's basically the same thing I've been doing with my Russian pursuits. I too am a big fan of flashcards -- they're especially helpful when you're learning to write and recognize a new alphabet.
I also remembered another resource that I've been using: Transparent Language. It's a software thing that is highly interactive. I'm not sure if it's available for Arabic, but it quite possibly could be. I like Transparent Language especially for help in pronunciation. It has a "mode" where you speak into a microphone on your computer, and it will play back whatever you said. At the same time it makes a pattern of your voice (read: pronunciation) into a sonogram graphic, showing frequency and amplitude. (I hope that made sense!)
I find it to be especially useful when I'm trying to get the proper inflections or stresses on the correct syllables in a given word.
So, Ariplanetire, you may want to check out the Russian version of Transparent Language. I think it's a lot less $$ than Pimsleur Comprehensive. It has all the sounds of the alphabet, etc. and is a great resource to use in combination with the Pimsleur tapes. You really want to get something where you can hear
the language being spoken -- that's a much easier way to learn to speak the language (easier than bookwork), and it's more fun too.
One more thing, for anyone interested: I've only been "working" on my Russian stuff for about a half-hour to 45 minutes per day. (In fact, that's all the longer the lessons on Pimsleur are -- their technique doesn't endorse going for longer amounts of time in one sitting.) This combined
with what LufthansaUSA described in #4 on his list will really get you into the right mind-set, and will have you speaking and understanding your language "in no time." It may even seem easy!