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Rahaf Abuobeid
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"What Arabic dialect should I learn?" - A common question


A question I often get from students is, "What Arabic dialect should I learn?".

Of course, many students have a personal interest or need in a specific dialect, perhaps for work, or relocation, or family, friends, and loved ones.

But if you are interested in learning Arabic, and really being able to communicate with Arabic speakers around the world, and you don't have a pre-selected reason for learning any specific dialect, then here are some things for you to consider.

First, you might start with Modern Standard Arabic, which is called "Fus7a" in Arabic (pronounced 'FOOSE-ha'). Fus7a is similar to classical Arabic (the Quran) and is currently used as the lingua franca, or common language, among the Arab countries. It is also the form of Arabic most commonly used when writing Arabic, such as in books and newspapers, and news broadcasts are in Fus7a as well.

If you learn Fus7a, you will be able to communicate with speakers of any Arabic dialect, as well as read and write. The only problem is that some people may not feel confident in replying to you in Fus7a, as they probably don't often speak it!

Each Arabic dialect has its own charm, its own beauty, and its own personality. Lebanese Arabic is known for sounding sweet; Moroccan Arabic is rich and complex like coffee; and Egyptian is the language of the stars (Egypt is the Hollywood of the Middle East).

In a following discussion, I would like to show you a few samples of the differences between a few dialects!

What are your thoughts? What experiences have you had learning Arabic? Do you have a favorite?

Jul 29, 2016 4:37 PM
Comments · 8
I heard Egyptian Arabic is widely spoken and understood.
August 4, 2016
The Arabic dialects are closer to being different languages than being different dialects of one language.
August 3, 2016
I'm Arabian and the Egyptian accent is easy and every Arabian country can understand it

May 12, 2020
Rahaf Merhaba,
Don't teach a dialect because each dialect is worse than the other and as a result the learner will feel absolutely disappointed when he beins practising Arabic with others!!! Even Arabs won't understand.
Try to learn the literary or let me say the classical Arabic because it is still in the middle and most arab countries can get it!
May 12, 2020
Shukran for bringing up. I was looking for sth like this as well..
May 12, 2020
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Rahaf Abuobeid
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