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This is one of the first questions anyone interested in language learning asks, and unfortunately, there’s no easy way to answer it. Learning a language is a complex process that is different for each individual based on several different factors such as your previous language learning experiences, how you are learning, and the time you dedicate to learning, your attitude and your motivation.

All ages come to us to learn Arabic; they form a vibrant community of language learners. Most of our students are between19 and 50 years of age, but you’ll also find high school students and retirees in our classes.

We value our students’ diversity, and it’s important to us that all our students feel comfortable at our school.

Our classrooms can hold more than 15 students, but we have designed them for 8 students maximum to make the learning process fast and effective.

Our intensive classes meet during the day and evening from Monday to Thursday. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) for three hours each day, classes start at 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA) for two hours each day, classes start at 1:00 PM to 3:00.  MSA and ECA Regular classes meet twice per week (Monday and Wednesday). Classes start at 5:30 PM to 7:30.

You must then study the concepts and memorize the vocabulary on your own. We’re always available to answer questions between class meetings.

Of course, students in our intensive courses will learn new material every day and must dedicate a few hours per day to study outside of class. Many of our intensive students like to stay after class and study together, which gives them access to our resources (including teachers) while studying in our study zone.

Yes, of course. We provide a conversation course which is ideal if you want to listen more attentively, speak more confidently and communicate more clearly. Arabic Conversation courses will help you improve all aspects of oral communication.

We’ll develop your listening skills to help you better follow and participate in conversations.

You will learn more than stock phrases; we will teach you the language you need to know to speak with greater fluency in a wide variety of situations. We help you work on your speaking skills by encouraging conversation through role-plays, debates, mini-presentations and discussions.   We will encourage you to participate in cultural events and different opportunities to engage with cultures and languages outside of the classroom.

We can help you learn the Arabic script and the Standard Arabic language in a fun, structured group class setting. The Arabic you grew up speaking is Egyptian dialect, which is very different from Standard Arabic (the language of almost all written Arabic).

Your best choice would be to take our pre MSA1 and MSA1 classes,  and learn basic grammar, vocabulary and literacy skills while you become accustomed to Standard Arabic phonology.

If you have studied Arabic before, you can do a placement test to know which level suitable for you. Alternatively, may visit a class in order to determine which course you should take. A class visit will give you and the instructor a sense of where you belong in our curriculum. You’ll also get to see our community, meet some students and experience our teaching methods.

We provide the level in two different formats: ‘intensive’ and ‘long-term’. Each intensive course lasts 4 weeks. Each long-term course lasts eight weeks.

That depends on your needs and goals, but many choose to study both. If you’re learning Arabic just to communicate with people, then you don’t need to study Standard Arabic extensively; you need to study the Egyptian colloquial (although the learning fundamentals of Standard Arabic will make dialect study much easier).

If you are studying Arabic to do business in the Arab world or to read the news or literature of the region, then you should focus on Standard Arabic.

Generally it’s a very good idea to learn the Egyptian dialect in addition to Standard Arabic. Native speakers know both, so if your goal is to communicate as fully as a native speaker, you will eventually need both as well. The Egyptian dialect will get you through everyday life in an Arabic-speaking country, and Standard Arabic provides access to the more educated topics of the Arab-speaking world.

For best planning of studies and accommodation – please contact us as soon possible.

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