Arabic is an incredibly global language, it is widely spoken and the official language for countries across the Middle East, Arabian Peninsula and North Africa. Organisations such as the Australian Arabic Council provide meaningful resources for Arabic speaking Australians.
Here in Australia, it is the third most spoken language at home after English and Mandarin. Given that Arabic is used across so many different countries and cultures, it is important to note the differences in how the language might sound depending on which Arabic country you are interested in learning more about.
For example the Arabic you hear in Egypt may sound very different to the Arabic you'll hear in Tunisia or Qatar. So if you are interested in learning Arabic make sure you do some of your own research so you can ensure your learning is culturally sensitive and aware.
In this article, we will go over the different standards of Arabic you might hear around the world, where they are most commonly spoken and which standard of Arabic would be best suited to you.
We will also discuss how you can work with your own private Arabic teacher here with us at Superprof, we currently have many amazing teachers all over Australia who are enthusiastic and keen to share their skills and knowledge with you.
If you aren't 100% decided on whether Arabic is the language for you, we'll also give you some helpful hints on how to get started and gain an understanding of what learning Arabic entails.
Finally, we will cover some of the ways you can take your language studies to the next level by checking out some of the university courses you can discover here in Australia.
The Main Standards of Arabic
Arabic is a language that belongs to the Semitic family, and it has been around in one form or another for over a thousand years. It is believed to have spread more widely across the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia alongside the movement of nomadic tribes of people.
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)
This is the form of Arabic which you are most likely to hear on the news broadcasts, read in newspapers and discover the most resources for. Modern Standard Arabic, is the standardised form of Arabic from which many dialects stem from.
MSA is a great place to start if you are interested in learning Arabic, as you'll be able to engage with media from a broad range of countries. MSA itself actually derives from Classical Arabic which we'll take a look at as well.
You can always begin with your Modern Standard Arabic studies, and then decide later if there is a particular region or country where you would like to live, work or travel to. It can be helpful to have a basis in MSA so you have the foundational knowledge you need to understand Dialectal Arabic.
There are over 30 different dialects of Arabic spoken across the many countries and cultures that have it as their official language. As we mentioned before, the forms of Arabic you might hear can greatly differ from one country to the next.
We will go over some of the ways you can learn about specific dialects of Arabic later on in this article. As we mentioned before, if you are interested in learning how to speak Arabic it is important to do some of your own research.
Learning about different dialects is also a great way to learn how it is colloquially used wherever you go. It will also help give you an insight into the diverse groups of people in Arabic speaking countries and help give you an understanding of the interesting histories behind the broad range of cultures.
Classical Arabic is a very formal form of written and oral Arabic, today you are most likely to read and hear this standard in religious ceremonies and ancient texts. The sacred Islamic text, the Quran, is written in Classical Arabic.
Learning about Classical Arabic will allow you to engage with a huge range of both modern academic literature, and ancient writings in Arabic.
If you choose to pursue Arabic cultural studies at university you'll probably learn about the origins of Classical Arabic and how it has shaped the language around the world today.
The Alphabet and Writing in Arabic
Another important part of learning how to speak Arabic is the fact that the language uses a different alphabet to romantic languages such as; English, Spanish and French. This can be tricky for beginners, so keep reading to discover how a tutor can help you master the skills you need!
Part of learning how to speak this language is being able to read and write using the alphabet, it is also important to note that you read right to left instead of left to right. Having foundational knowledge in the structure of a language can help you form sentences, and allow you to develop your comprehension and speaking skills.
Choosing to learn a language that has a different form of writing to your own is an incredibly exciting and rewarding way to invest in your education. It'll allow you really stretch your brain and expand your way of thinking and understanding the world and the around you.
Learn How to Speak Arabic with a Private Tutor
Now that we've covered some of the basic knowledge you'll need to get started in learning how to speak Arabic let's take a look at how you can discover the perfect Arabic teacher for you and access sessions best suited to your level.
There are a number of things to keep in mind when you start looking for language tutors, let's go over some of the things you'll need to consider before you commit to Arabic classes.
Here at Superprof, you can explore the right class for you by browsing through our available teachers to see their level of experience, location and what type of sessions they can offer you.
It can be helpful to ask yourself some of these questions while you're browsing through our Superprof platform:
- Why am I interested in learning Arabic?
- How much time each week can I commit to lessons
- Where am I willing to travel to attend Arabic sessions?
- What level of Arabic tutoring am I looking for?
- How much am I willing to spend on Arabic classes?
- Are beginners classes better to access online?
Having these questions in mind can be super handy while you're browsing through our available, they will help give you an idea of what kind of Arabic teacher and sessions you are looking for.
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Here with Superprof, you'll be able to get your first lesson free! This is great for anyone who isn't sure if they want to commit straight away, you can see how you feel in your first lesson free of charge.
What are my professional opportunities if I choose to learn Arabic?
It can be helpful to ask your Arabic teacher about the benefits of learning how to speak Arabic, as they may have some handy insights into where you can put your new skills to use!
Discover more about how to learn Arabic in Adelaide.
There are a number of career opportunities for you to consider, with plenty of room for professional development and the ability to make long-lasting connections with other people.
Here are just a few of the job sectors you can do with a second language under your belt:
- university research
- travel and tourism
- cross-cultural communication
- diplomacy and international relations
These are just some of the job opportunities you can have a think about, don't forget that if you want to take your Arabic studies to the next level there a number of universities across Australia which offer interesting and enriching courses.
Click here to explore the university courses you could study in Brisbane, and discover which course could suit you the best!
Helpful Resources to Get Started
It can be a great idea for beginners to try out some free resources to begin to immerse yourself in the Arabic language. Regularly listening or reading in Arabic is one of the best ways to develop your grammar and vocabulary skills in a short space of time.
TV, Radio & Podcasts
TV shows, movies, radio programs and podcasts are a fantastic way to expand and develop your vocabulary and familiarise yourself with the many different oral forms of Arabic.
Reading books is another fabulous resource as you'll be able to deepen your historical and cultural understandings of the many diverse and rich cultures which are associated with Arabic speaking countries.
Online Resources: Smart Phone & Tablet Apps
Online resources such as phone or tablet apps, can be a great way to study in between sessions. Apps such as Babbel and Duolingo are a fun study tools to learn while you're commuting to work, or out for a walk.
With short and sharp activities which can guide you step by step and daily goals to reach, these apps can help you maintain the knowledge and skills you learn. Many of these activities take no time at all to do as well, so whenever you've got a spare few minutes try and squeeze some extra learning in!
Read some of our other articles about Arabic classes in Australia that we've mentioned in this article, to discover where you can start learning in your home city or online.
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