Given that Arabic is the third most spoken language in Australia behind English and Mandarin, Canberra is an ideal place to find Arabic lessons. In this article we'll explore some of the essential knowledge you'll need if you're interested in learning Arabic.
We'll investigate the different standards of Arabic, the countries where it's spoken and some of the potential career and education pathways you can consider with Arabic under your belt. We'll also discuss some of the ways you can find online study resources which will help you along in your journey as a language student.
Different Standards and Dialects of Arabic
Arabic is spoken in over 22 countries across the globe, in regions such as North Africa and the Middle East. It is important to note that if you want to learn Arabic in a culturally sensitive and competent way you'll need to do some of your own research.
Although Arabic is spoken across many different countries, this doesn't mean there is just one Arabic culture nor one way of speaking it. You'll find in your research and travels that you Arabic you might hear in Lebanon will be quite different to the Arabic you'll hear in Somalia for example.
Keep this in mind when thinking about where and with who you plan to use Arabic, let's quickly run through the main standards of the language that you'll come across in your research.
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This form of Arabic is what you will see in the Islamic text the Quran. This standard is not spoken colloquially or used very frequently outside of religious settings or for academic purposes.
Modern Standard Arabic
Modern Standard Arabic, or MSA, is what you are most likely to hear if you tune in to radio, TV or politics. It is quite a formal way of speaking Arabic, given that is derived from Classical Arabic.
This is a great place to begin your Arabic studies as the majority of dialects stem from here, studying MSA will give a grounding point in terms of grammar, sentence structure and cultural context.
This is what we briefly considered before when we discussed cultural competency and awareness. Make sure you have an understanding of where you think you will be speaking Arabic and how you can learn about the culture or cultures associated with it.
Each region and/or country that has Arabic as its lingua franca will vary in the way it is spoken, there are currently over 30 dialects of Arabic being spoken today. For example, if you have an interest in Egypt it could be worth investigating where you can find lessons that specifically teach this dialect.
Finding an Arabic Tutor
Part of learning a new language is often about finding a teacher that you really click with, it will have a big impact on how much you get out of your lessons. Check out the Arabic language tutors we have available here at Superprof.
Browse through our Superprof platform to view how much experience our tutors have, their fees and what type of lessons they can offer you. It can be tricky navigating how to find the right tutor for you, so now let's look together at some of the things to consider when you're looking...
- Consider how much you're willing to spend
- Think about how much time each week you can commit
- Know what level of tuition you're looking for
- Explore which style of teaching best suits you
- Investigate online classes and resources
Given that there are a few different types of lessons out there let's explore which option could suit you best. If you're a complete beginner to Arabic then investing some of your time into private lessons with your own tutor, is a great way to get the foundations of grammar, pronunciation and using the alphabet.
On the other hand, if you have some background in speaking Arabic then it could be a good idea to explore group study lessons. Group classes are one of the best ways to boost your confidence when it comes to conversational speaking, you'll also get to meet other like-minded students and have fun.
Another bonus of choosing to find a tutor with us at Superprof is that your first lesson is free, so you don't have to commit to a budget straight away. Contact one of our Arabic language tutors today!
Learning Arabic & Online Resources
SBS Arabic24 and On Demand
Listen and watch some of the amazing content available for free on SBS, tune into Arabic 24 or discover some exciting Arabic cinema. You can listen to the radio while you're on the go, and browse through the great collection of TV available on SBS On Demand.
Watching and listening to Arabic media regularly will help you as a language student develop your listening skills and expand your vocabulary. Make sure to ask your Arabic language tutor if they also have any recommendations.
Educational Apps & Websites
Another way to support your Arabic studies in between lessons with your tutor is to use apps such as Duolingo and Babbel. These apps are an easy and fun way to maintain what you've learnt so far and will help you retain all of the new information you're taking in.
Some of these apps are available as a free version however some of them will also charge you a fee if you want to use all of the features of the app. Keep this in mind when you're thinking about how to spend some of your study time outside of class.
The Benefits of Learning Arabic
In this section, we'll explore some of the education and career avenues you can pursue as a student of the Arabic language. There are many benefits to learning another language, one of them being your ability to connect with and understand different communities of people.
Being able to connect to new communities and cultures is one of the most exciting benefits of learning Arabic, you'll be able to make new lifelong friends and deepen your understanding of the world around you and how to respect new ideas and ways of thinking.
If you're a year 12 student in Canberra considering what you should study after high school can check out some of the amazing courses that you could do at the Australian National University (ANU). ANU currently offer both undergraduate and postgraduate university degrees with their Centre of Arab and Islamic Studies.
- Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
- Master of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
If lengthy degrees aren't your cup of tea then there is also the option to explore the short courses available at ANU which are aimed at a beginner's level. These courses are great not just for students, but also people who are already working full time and are still interested in furthering their education.
Another option to consider if you're already working full time is investigating online university degrees or short courses. Check out Charles Sturt University and Deakin University as these two universities offer online learning designed to be flexible and suit busy students.
Being able to speak multiple languages is an advantage in today's every increasingly connected global world. With a university degree behind you and background knowledge about the many Arabic cultures, you could have the option of working for Australian or international companies.
Let's take a look at some of the other professional areas you can explore being fluent in Arabic:
- Aide and Development
- Media and Communications
Having the skills to speak multiple languages will allow you to work in cross-cultural and multicultural settings. As a fluent English and Arabic speaker, you're sure to experience exciting international connections with colleagues and potential business partners.
If you are a lover of learning and never want to leave school or university, then why not share your love of languages and teach others how to speak Arabic too? Choosing to work in education is incredibly rewarding and a lifelong career with plenty of room for professional development.
Whatever your goals for the future, Arabic as a language will certainly expand your opportunities so why not contact one of our tutors today!
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