What Type of Arabic Should you Learn?
There are two types of Arabic: spoken Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic, which is also called Classic Arabic. As a new student of the language, which type of Arabic should you learn?
Modern Standard Arabic
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is used to communicate in writing. You’ll find it in books and newspapers, and in government documents. You will also use it when preparing formal government presentations at work.
Spoken Arabic is made up of three main dialects: Levantine, Egyptian and Gulf.
Levantine Arabic is the dialect spoken in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Egyptian Arabic is spoken in Egypt, and Gulf Arabic is the one spoken in the Gulf region and Saudi Arabia.
If your goal is to learn to speak Arabic, you must learn a dialect. All three of the Arabic dialects are related, so you would be able to communicate with someone in a different region even if you were not completely familiar with their dialect.
It would be like someone from England having a conversation with someone from America or Australia. They are both speaking the same language, but their dialect is different. They would certainly be able to make themselves understood, even though they don’t share the same expressions or words.
Difference Between Spoken Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic
Now try to picture yourself having a conversation with someone using the type of formal language that would be used to write your auto insurance cover or a legal document. You would not be allowed to be casual at all. You would be able to make yourself understood, that is true, but how comfortable would you feel?
Would you feel close to the other members of the group or more distant from them? Do you think anyone you were trying to talk to would want to continue the conversation? It doesn’t seem very likely, does it?
Learn Spoken Arabic First
At Nassra Arabic Method, we believe that the best approach is to learn spoken Arabic first. We understand that students are excited about the prospect of learning a new language and want to develop skills they can use relatively quickly.
If an instructor chooses to focus on written Arabic right away, students can find themselves getting bogged down in grammar rules. They are more likely to become bored and distracted when they don’t see that they are making some progress toward their goal of being able to speak Arabic within what they consider to be a reasonable amount of time.
We start by teaching our students the Levantine dialect. It is light and clear, and our students love to hear it. Our program focuses on the type of conversations people have in everyday situations. We give our students the vocabulary they need to talk about everyday things, and many of them find that they progress very quickly.
When they decide to study MSA later on, that process is much easier for them because they have a background in the spoken language. They have some familiarity with the grammar rules which apply when people are having conversations, and they can apply this knowledge toward how language is written.
Individualized Arabic Classes
Nassra Arabic Method is able to offer private lessons which are customized to meet your personal or business needs. If you are planning to travel to an Arabic-speaking country on holiday and you would like lessons for yourself and your family members, we can prepare a program to make you feel comfortable conversing in the local dialect. We also teach Arabic to students who would like to get more practice in conversational Arabic or MSA.
If you would like to learn Arabic for business purposes, we can help. Our lessons can be customized for both specific regions and your particular industry. We can also provide assistance with MSA training to teach you the techniques you need for reading, writing and preparation of effective business communication, such as letters, e-mails, presentations and speeches.
Personalized, On-Demand Courses Online
Nassra Arabic Method offers personalized online courses. Complete the lessons and assignments each day and you will notice an improvement in your Arabic acquisition after just 30 days. Contact US to Learn More about our programs.