I can already read and recite verses in the Quran in Arabic. I just need now to understand the vocabulary. It is a good thing that there is UnderstandQuran.com to help me learn Quranic vocabulary (after learning basic Arabic.) I hope to learn 50% of the words by the end of this month. Insha Allah.
Now that I am able to read Arabic characters, my Muslim brother Saleh and sister Salma got me copies of the Quran in English and in Quran. They found copies at the Islamic center near their embassy in Makati. (Copies of the Quran cannot be found in local bookstores, which only sells copies of the Bible.) With these copies I can now read a surah in the Quran in Arabic and then read the translation and interpretation in English.
I am surprised that the texts in the Quran is very much like the bible, but far more detailed. It emphasizes what we say in our shahada: that there is only no god but Allah and that all the prophets are His messengers.