What is Arabic FusHa?

Understand what Arabic FusHa is Classical Arabic, also known as Quranic Arabic, is the form of the Arabic language used in the literary texts during the 7th to 9th centuries, from Umayyad and Abbasid times. Classical Arabic is based on the medieval dialects of Arab tribes. Modern Standard Arabic is the direct descendant used today throughout the Arab world in writing and in formal speaking, for example, in the news, books and literature, newspapers, magazines, official documents, in formal speeches, […]

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What are the characteristics of the different Arabic dialects?

Do you know some of the characteristics of the different Arabic dialects? Arabic Dialects are different in their pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar! Pronunciation: The Letter (Qaaf) is sometimes pronounced as “Quaf”, as “ah” or as “geh”, depending of the region where the people come from. Let’s use as an example the word Coffee, that is pronounced “Kahwa” in Modern Standard Arabic. People in Cairo pronounce it as “Ahwa” and rural people in upper Egypt pronounce it as “Gahwa”. In order […]

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Is it easy to go from studying Modern Standard Arabic to an Arabic dialect?

I know MSA! How easy can I learn an Arabic dialect? If you already know Modern Standard Arabic well, it won’t be so hard to pick up an Arabic dialect. You’d need to learn the ways in which the dialect’s grammar differs from Modern Standard Arabic, as well as common colloquial words. You would simply need to expose yourself to the dialect. Start listening to songs, watch movies, talk to people and listen to what they say. Start Learning Egyptian […]

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Modern Standard Arabic vs an Arabic dialect

Is Modern Standard Arabic easier to learn than an Arabic dialect? Arabic dialects are easier to learn than Modern Standard Arabic. Learning an Arabic dialect is easier for beginners. If you want only to reach a basic level of knowledge, then an Arabic dialect may be easier for you. This is because certain elements of Colloquial Arabic are simplified compared to Modern Standard Arabic. It’s easier to find resources for learning Modern Standard Arabic. But there are very little resources […]

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Which Arabic dialect is closest to Fusha?

None of the Arabic dialects is closest to Modern Standard Arabic Some of Arabs say that their dialect is the closest to Modern Standard Arabic, but the truth is that they’ve all diverged from Modern Standard Arabic in one way or another. One Arabic dialect may be more “standard” than another in some way. But then it will also be less standard in some other aspect. It is safe to say, though, that Maghrebi Arabic is the furthest from Modern […]

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How easy is it to learn another Arabic dialect?

Learning another Arabic dialect can be easy If you learn one Arabic dialect well and also have a good knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic, switching to another Arabic dialect shouldn’t be too hard. Arabic dialects share a number of common characteristics across the board that will help you make sense of them. And if you have a good knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic vocabulary, that will help too, since a number of the different words used in different Arabic dialects […]

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How many different Arabic Dialects are there?

How many Arabic dialects are there? Arabic is the official language of 22 countries and is spoken by over 230 million people. Arabs use Modern Standard Arabic in news broadcasts, in official speeches, legal documents, books, and newspapers. Modern Standard Arabic is also taught at universities around the world because of its standardization and academic use. However, no one in any of these 22 Arabic speaking countries uses Modern Standard Arabic in daily conversation. Instead, they use their spoken Arabic […]

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Tell me! Which Arabic dialect should I learn?

Which Arabic dialect should I learn? Any idea? If you have a special interest in a particular part of the Arab world, or if you have friends or family from a certain area, go ahead and learn that dialect. If you want to learn Colloquial Arabic but have no real leaning towards one variety or another, Egyptian or Levantine Arabic would be the best choice. This isn’t necessarily based on linguistic reasons; it’s more because of media exposure. Egyptian Arabic […]

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Are Arabic dialects taught in schools or universities?

Arabic dialects are not taught in schools or universities None of the Arabic dialects are “taught” in the Arab world because they are acquired as mother tongues. Therefore, the idea of teaching the spoken vernacular in a formal classroom setting is unfamiliar to most Arabic speakers. Nonetheless, speaking skills are important and necessary for students whose goals include visiting Arabic countries. Learn Egyptian Arabic from the comfort of your own home Are you looking for a way to learn Egyptian […]

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Learn Egyptian Arabic Phrases: Hotel #12

Learn how to ask questions in a hotel in Egyptian Arabic In the evening, Lisa calls a hotel and asks, “El Oda bekam fel Yom?” The manager replies that a single rooms costs $20 per night and a double room costs $30 per night. She asks him if she can come within one hour and get a single room. He agrees. Lisa arrives at the hotel, checks in, and goes to her room. Her room is decorated beautifully. She calls […]

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