Arabic is one of the world’s oldest, most important, and most widespread languages in existence today. While Mandarin and Hindi dominate Asia, and English and Spanish are highly prevalent in Europe and the Americas, Arabic is, and has for a long time been, the principal language in the Arab world. Therefore, it is an important language for anyone who wishes to travel, live, or work in an Arab country, for organizations seeking partners from the region, or for anyone who wants to know the people, cultures, or history of an area which is approximately 50% larger than the USA!.
But we understand that learning Arabic can be a daunting task to some with its script which is completely different to the Latin-based alphabet, but don’t let this put you off since learning Arabic is a great way to connect for travel, business, or family. There are over 530 million Arab speakers in the world, 250 million of whom speak it as a second language. In other words, learning Arabic will enable you to communicate with a huge portion of the world population.
If you are considering enrolling in our Arabic language course, or are an existing student, we have created a series of short videos to whet your appetite and prepare you.
History, culture, and the various dialects
Your language guide will explain the nations that comprise the Arab world, stretching from the Persian Gulf to North Africa. Learn about the fascinating culture and history, must-eat dishes, famous songs and movies, and important historical and modern Arabic figures. And she will describe how, while the Arab world has many dialects, all Arabs are able to speak Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). This means MSA is the only language you will need to communicate with more than half a million people, worldwide.
Of course, while MSA is the most comprehensively used Arabic, there is also a dialect even more wide-reaching. Classical Arabic is considered the purest form of the language and is reserved exclusively for Islamic texts, including the Qur’an. When used at an Elementary level (i.e. just being able to read and understand passages from the Qur’an, prayers, etc.), Classical Arabic is the most widespread language in the world, as it is used by the planet’s 1.8 billion Muslims! If you are interested in a Classical Arabic Language Course, send us an inquiry and we will be thrilled to design a course that is suitable to your needs and schedule If, however, you simply want to be able to speak to Arabs around the world, then stick to MSA.
Tips and challenges
Even if you have already decided to enroll in our Arabic Language Course, we still recommend watching these videos. Your guide will give you an honest overview of Arabic and what it is like for a non-native to learn. For example, she will encourage you with a few key phrases, demonstrate how to pronounce the letters, and list common English words that we owe to Arabic.
But she will also explain some of the more challenging aspects of the language. For example, pronunciation, different grammar rules, and writing script can all be problematic for beginners. Fortunately, our experienced teachers know how to help students master these aspects quickly and without losing their enthusiasm to learn.
Frequently Asked Questions
Finally, your guide will also give responses to some of our frequently asked questions about Arabic. For example, “Is self-study possible or will I need a teacher?” While teaching yourself is possible, learning with a teacher will always be faster and more efficient. She elaborates by specifying the number of hours of lessons you should expect to take before reaching survival, intermediate, and fluency proficiency.
Sit back and enjoy our guide’s videos and her informative facts and advice about Arabic, its culture, and its peoples. If you decide you would like to enroll in our Arabic Language Course or have questions, send us an inquiry and begin your new language adventure!