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How I learned Arabic in University

Arabic Learning Courses in University

As-salamu Alaykum!

 

I am a native English speaker who has taken Arabic classes in two different institutions. I typically do not like saying that I “know” Arabic, but I’ve studied it at a relatively advanced level.

If you want to know how to learn Arabic in College, or about learning Arabic in general, this is the place for you!

 

1. What do Arabic Learning Courses teach?

 

All Arabic courses will teach the Modern Standard Arabic (or MSA for short); however, even that comes in a variety of flavors. What dialect your professor speaks will massively affect how you will pronounce words and even some vocabulary! It is best to find out where your would-be professors are from before applying anywhere.

 

2. How hard is Arabic to learn?

 

Arabic has a reputation for being difficult. In my experience, people tend to cite the Arabic Alphabet as the primary reason for this. I can assure you that the Arabic script is an insignificant hurdle in your learning the Arabic language.

 

Millions of people from around the world of all different walks of life learn to read and write Arabic - you can too!

 

3. Can you get fluent in Arabic from just classes?

 

If your goal is to learn to speak Arabic so you can talk with people on the street, then Universities may not be the best way to achieve this goal. For learning to speak a language, engagement is far and away from the most important factor. The university setting is far more conducive to academic knowledge, and even learning Arabic for religious reasons, assuming it accompanies guidance from an Imam.


Keep in mind that this has all been general advice, and your university’s department webpage will have all the information in stunning detail for all these concerns!