Let’s Compare the Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Dialect with Modern Standard Arabic

What are the advantages of using your local dialect over MSA? And what are the disadvantages?

This is part five in the series “Arabs Say…” featuring Arabic speakers from around the Arab world who gives their views on their language and how it is used today. Of course, we should keep in mind that these are personal views and do not represent the views of everyone in their countries. Still, we can learn a lot about the overall linguistic situation and some commonalities and regional differences.

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  1. I really enjoy these “Arabs Say…” posts, not just for the insights that they offer to people like me who know (?) MSA and want to pick up a dialect or three, but because of the variety of nations/dialects covered (in addition to the wide array of opinions given) in each one of them.

    So many formal institutions, at least here in the West, only offer one or two dialects – Egyptian and Levantine. It’s good to see insight from someone who speaks Omani, or Gulf, or Maghrebi.


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