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Learn Modern Standard Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, or Classical Arabic? Sara Explains!

So you’ve decided you want to learn Arabic. That’s wonderful! But you’re probably confused right now with all of the varieties of Arabic, and asking questions like, “Which Arabic should I learn? Why are there different types of Arabic? What is MSA and where is it used?” And there are undoubtedly many more questions in your mind. I’m going to tell you everything you need to know before choosing which Arabic you want to learn. Arabic is an amazing and fascinating language. It is spoken by more than 280 million speakers and is used in around 24 countries throughout...

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Tunisian Arabic: A Wonderful Mosaic of Dialects

Are you interested in learning Arabic and its different dialects? Are you curious about the peculiarities of Arabic dialects? Here is a small interesting introduction to one of the most peculiar Arabic dialects: Tunisian Arabic!   What? Who? Where? Tunisian Arabic is a Maghrebi Arabic dialect or variety that is spoken in the Republic of Tunisia, and it differs slightly from one region to another within the country. Tunisian Arabic, known as “Tounsi” /tu:nsi/ (which simply means Tunisian) or “Derja” (dialect) is spoken by more than 11 million people. It is remarkably different from Modern Standard Arabic, which is the official...

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Master Arabic

There’s a moment in almost every intermediate Arabic student’s journey when you feel like you’ve hit a roadblock. You know enough words to construct an essay (sort of), but not enough to explain a film plot with any kind of nuance. I was like that. I studied Arabic at SOAS in London, but my Arabic skills had begun to atrophy over the past few years. Even the idea of having a conversation in Arabic was daunting. I could read and write, but my speaking skills – at least to my mind – weren’t quite there. It’s easy to give...

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Arabic Verbs Will Roll off Your Tongue Fluently

Arabic verb conjugation. Did you heave a sigh as you read those three words? Arabic verbs are arguably the most complicated part of Arabic grammar. Whereas an English verb has five morphological forms (for example, write, writes, wrote, written, writing), an Arabic verb has several dozen. And this is true for both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and dialects. In Arabic, a verb is inflected to indicate tense and mood, as well as to agree with its subject in person, number, and often gender. Negative verb forms also require the addition of prefixes and suffixes in many dialects, such as...

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Learn Arabic with BBC Xtra

BBC Xtra is the flagship daily 2 hour live magazine programme on BBC Arabic, driving social and human interest issues onto the main news agenda of the Arabic Service. In a fast, energetic and relaxed style, BBC Xtra tackles difficult and controversial social affairs, as well as arts, literature and sports. BBC Xtra has a strong interactive element, where listeners contribute with their viewpoints on all topics by phone, SMS and e-mails. I love BBC Xtra. It provides me with a daily dose of listening (and reading–I’ll get to that later) practice. I often listen to it at the...

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