Step 1. Go learn Hebrew, Akkadian, and Arabic. Ok. Welcome back. Proceed to Step 2.
- Most students will come to Ugaritic having studied another Semitic language, usually Hebrew, Akkadian, or Arabic.
- Of course, Ugaritic can be learned without a knowledge of these three languages; however, the grammar and lexicon relies heavily on comparative Semitics.

Step 2. Learn the Ugaritic cuneiform alphabet
- Write an abecedary in order (and left-to-right) in cuneiform, then transliterate it.
- Bordreuil and Pardee (Manual, text 53) provide a photo and line drawing of RS 12.063, a basic abecedary.
- Repeat until memorized.
- Transliterate a few texts from line drawings: RS 11.872 (Manual, text 23), RS 2.[004] column i (Manual, text 4), and RS 4.475 (Manual, text 21).

Step 3. Read a Letter.
- RS 8.315 (Manual, text 22) is a short letter.
- Transliterate it from the line drawing in the Manual.
- Identify the part of speech of every word: e.g. preposition, noun, verb, etc.
- Parse every verb.
- Divide the text into sentences. Including the introductory phrases, there are six sentences.
- Decode the sentences using the glossary, DULAT, and the translation in the Manual (if necessary).
- Study the vocalized text in the Manual.