In this article, we're going to investigate where you can learn Arabic in Adelaide, the available courses, helpful tips on how to learn independently and explore what opportunities you can gain from being able to speak another language!
Learning a new language is an exciting and rewarding journey, not only will it help you develop your communication skills but further your cultural knowledge.
Arabic is a fantastic language to choose from, spoken worldwide across 22 countries it shall leave you with the ability to communicate with over 300 million native and non-native speakers.
Another aspect to keep in mind is that Arabic, which is part of the Semitic language family, uses a different alphabet to English and other romantic languages. With 28 letters, Arabic is read and written right to left instead of left to right.
Given that Arabic is the third most spoken language at home here in Australia, it also means you won't have to travel far to find people to practise your newfound skills with!
Speaking more than one language is also a fabulous professional asset, as you'll be able to work across many sectors and maybe even explore international opportunities.
Firstly, it's important to acknowledge the cultural and linguistic diversity within the many Arabic speaking communities. As we mentioned just before, Arabic is spoken across more than one country.
The Middle East, North Africa and some parts of Asia is where you are most likely to hear Arabic being spoken.
However, the Arabic you might hear in Syria is very different to the Arabic you might hear in Morocco or Malaysia. For this reason, if you're choosing to learn Arabic it is incredibly important to have a think about where you want to speak Arabic and understand the linguistic nuances that exist.
Find out more about how you can learn Arabic in Australia here.
Together let's now briefly cover the three main standards of Arabic and the contexts in which you might hear them:
- Classical Arabic: The majority of the standards you come across derive from Classical Arabic. Today you probably won't hear or see Classical Arabic spoken outside of academic and religious contexts. If you are familiar with Islam, then you might know that the Quran, the sacred text, is written in Classical Arabic.
- Modern Standard Arabic: If you are a complete beginner to Arabic, then MSA is a great place to start. This is the standard that you are most likely to hear in politics, newspapers, films and radio. MSA can give you the foundational grammatical and structural knowledge you'll need to get started.
- Dialectal Arabic: Did you know that there are over 30 dialects of Arabic? Don't worry, you won't have to learn all 30 if you have a good grasp of MSA. However, if you have a particular region or country in mind that you are interested in, it would be a good idea to learn about how it is spoken there. Some examples of dialects include; Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Northwestern Arabian Arabic and Tunisian Arabic - just to name a few!
Now that we've covered some of the basic knowledge you need to know before you get started on finding Arabic lessons suited to you, let's check out some of the online and university options available in Adelaide.
Online courses are a great option if you are someone who is working full time and can't commit to travel time to get to and from lessons. All you need to enrol in an online Arabic course is a laptop or tablet which has a webcam.
Learning at home with online lessons can often be the most cost-efficient option, as you and your tutor won't need to cover the costs of commuting. Language Trainers, a language school based in Adelaide offer a great range of study options for their online students.
Consider studying Arabic in other Australian cities such as Brisbane.
Whether you want to fast track your learning in a short space of time for work purposes, or you're just interested in pursuing a new language, there are a few different ways you can kick start your Arabic education.
Another online study option is to find the perfect Arabic tutor with us here at Superprof! We offer our first lesson free, so you can enjoy your first lesson without having to think about the cost.
With your first lesson free, it also allows you to get some language learning experience with your tutor and see if it is the right fit for you, before having to financially commit.
You are able to check out some of the reviews left by other students and read through our tutor's profiles to see what their experience is and what kind of lessons they have available.
You may already have some background in speaking Arabic, whether you are a native or non-native speaker it could be an exciting step in your education to pursue Arabic language and cultural studies at a university tertiary level.
There are plenty of universities in Australia which offer online degrees, so you are able to study with universities outside of Adelaide but do not have to move interstate. However, if you are interested in venturing outside of South Australia to pursue tertiary level education then check out some of the degrees you can do in:
The University of South Australia offers Islamic Studies as a major, minor or sub-major within their bachelor of arts.
Choosing to study Islamic Studies provides you with an understanding of the diverse Islamic cultures around the world, historical context, scientific and philosophical concepts, the Arabic language and more.
How to Enhance your Arabic Language Education
If this is your first time trying to learn a new language, then you may be interested in some handy hints about how you can stay on top of your learning outside of class. Let's check out some of the things you can do to support your experience and make sure you get the most out of your classes!
Film, TV & Radio
One of the best ways to improve your listening and comprehensions skills is to watch and listen to Arabic media. This is a great way to enhance your learning, and give yourself an excuse to sit down on the couch and watch a movie or TV show!
If you're learning MSA to begin with, news stations such as SBS are an excellent resource to use as you'll quickly start to remember and recall particular phrases, words and sentence structures that you can practise yourself next time in class with your teacher or with other students.
Books & Newspapers
Books and newspapers are other fabulous resources to engage with in between classes if you want to improve your reading skills and expand your vocabulary.
Regularly reading books and newspapers are written in Arabic, not just MSA but also possibly the dialect relevant to your area of interest, which can also support your writing skills.
Reading also helps to further develop your grammatical understandings of the language, and how you need to structure your own sentences. You'll become familiar with the alphabet and learn how each letter is formed and when it is used contextually.
Language apps are a quick and easy way to brush up on your grammar skills and put your vocabulary knowledge to the test. You've probably heard of Babbel and Duolingo, these two apps are popular amongst many people.
They're free to download and offer a variety of short and short learning activities that you can do while on the train to work, or while you're out for a morning stroll with a coffee.
As a bilingual speaker, there will be a few different doors open for you to explore within your professional life. Prospective employers across a broad range of settings would be interested in your language skills.
Let's take a look at a few of the career paths you can follow if you become fluent in speaking Arabic:
- University Research
- International Relations
- Intercultural Communication
- International Development
The list above is by no means exhaustive, there are many more work sectors that highly value bilingual speakers in the workplace. Check out some of the courses or casual lessons that would be best suited to you.
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