My native language is English, and I'm trying to learn Modern Standard Arabic. I speak Spanish and Greek, so I'm not new to this. I am trying to look up words like I normally do in European languages, but when I look up a simple word such as "to have", it gives me 20 different verbs meaning the same thing. Like this:
I just need to figure our what the Arabic verb for "to have" is so I can learn the conjugation and whatnot, but it seems easier said than done. Is there a better way to do it?
Edit: I have read over all of your answers and considered your advice. I applied this method of looking up words in a dictionary because I was used to Indo-European languages, which have many lingustic similarities to English and its other members, and had knowledge of the structure of Indo-European languages to the extent of which this method of learning was effective. When I looked up words in dictionaries between two Indo-European languages, there was a clear equivalent for pretty much every linguistic concept I was accustomed to, and not just a list of 20 words from which to choose. I realize this method doesn't carry over to Arabic due to its distance from the Indo-European language family. As mentioned in the top answer, it is better to learn from Arabic back to English, and I agree with that now.
At the time of the original post I was not aware of the fact that by mouth people don't speak MSA. Since then I have decided to delve into the Darija (Moroccan) dialect and I have been able to find people to help me learn that better. I have found excellent material for learning it despite its obscurity: http://www.friendsofmorocco.org/learnarabic.htm. Learning a modern spoken dialect of Arabic has proven much easier than MSA because there are regular people that actually speak it as a native tongue, it has a grammatical system more comparable to modern languages, making it much more fun.
Just some advice to new learners of Arabic: don't learn MSA if you just want to talk to people. Learn a regional dialect such as Levantine or Egyptian Arabic. Choose the dielect based on the countries you want to visit, the people you know, or just personal preference. The grammar is much easier than in MSA, and there is a more defined way of speaking in my opinion.