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Arabic Language Training School in Auckland

Arabic language course introduction

Marhaba!

Arabic the main language of Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, Qatar, UAE, Oman and Yemen. It’s also spoken in certain parts/among certain communities of Mali, Niger, Chad, Israel, Eritrea, Somalia – together with countries to which large numbers of Arabic speakers have migrated (e.g. France) and the number of mother-tongue speakers worldwide is about 250,000,000!


Course features:

  • Taught by expert Arabic native-speaker teachers.
  • Curriculum specially designed for New Zealanders.
  • Delivered in small classes with no more than 10 people.
  • All Arabic course materials included.
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Why learn Arabic?

  • Arabic is spoken across a huge area of the Middle East and North Africa. It is one of the world’s most widely spoken languages, and ranks about fifth in terms of total number of speakers. Arabic speakers are also to be found living in many western countries.
  • There is a strong cultural identification between the language Arabic, and the people, the Arabs.
  • Arabic is held in high esteem by Muslims throughout the world as it is of course the language of the Qur’an (Koran). The language in which the Qur’an was written is usually described as “Classical Arabic”.
  • While Classical Arabic is held in the highest regard by Arabic speakers, the Arabic language, like all languages, has evolved. The form of the language which is generally used today in a more formal context is called Modern Standard Arabic. Given the time which separates the writing of the Qur’an and the present day, this modern-day variant of the language is surprisingly close to Classical Arabic.
  • Modern Standard Arabic provides the base on which the language is written. It is not, however, the form of the language which is most widely spoken. In fact, the forms of spoken Arabic differ quite markedly across the Arab world – a person from, say, Iraq, would struggle to understand the spoken language used in Morocco. Educated speakers of the language use Modern Standard Arabic to communicate with one another if they come from different parts of the Arab world – although at home they might speak quite differently.
  • When foreigners learn Arabic, they generally learn Modern Standard Arabic, and this is the form which we teach at Euroasia. People wishing to study Classical Arabic in order to read the Qur’an should be aware that there are certain differences.
  • Arabic is a Semitic language. It’s related to other Semitic languages such as Hebrew, Maltese and Amharic (spoken in Ethiopia). In spite of the geographical proximity, it’s not related at all to Turkish, Iranian/Persian or the languages of Afghanistan.

Is Arabic hard?

 Like every language, Arabic presents certain challenges! First of all, certain aspects of the pronunciation are quite tricky. As you’ve probably noticed, Arabic has a lot of sounds produced quite far down into the throat. It takes a while to get used to these. On the other hand, there are just three basic vowel sounds, “a”, “i” and “u” – so that’s not hard at all!

  • The vocabulary of Arabic is formed in a quite remarkable way. Very often words are formed out of certain core sounds or roots. So the sounds represented by our letters “k”, “t” and “b” are found in a variety of words which are to do with the idea of writing. By adding different bits to these sounds, words with all sorts of related meanings are created to refer, for example, to “dictate”, “book”, “desk” and many more.
  • The grammar of Arabic is really quite unlike that of English or any other language which you may have learnt. Go into it with an open mind and wait to see what you discover! Do rest assured that, at lower levels, we try in our Arabic courses to avoid complicated grammar as far as possible.
  • Arabic is written in its own script. As you may know, it’s written from right to left, and it has a beautiful, elegant, cursive form. There are 28 basic letters representing specific sounds, but the form which the letter takes varies depending on where it appears in a word. It does take a while to get used to the alphabet.
  • It is possible to represent the sounds of Arabic using our Latin alphabet. A number of different systems are in use.
  •   It’s worth noting that, although we often refer to our numbers as “Arabic numerals”, in fact Arabs use different symbols to represent numbers! They’re not hard to learn.

At Euroasia, we really encourage you to speak Arabic, right from the first lesson. The basics are not that hard!

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