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Arabic dialect What arabic dialect should I learn? Whats most useful and could get me jobs (i.e translation)
Feb 28, 2018 4:22 AM
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it depends many things... where you would like to work?  what kind of job you are looking for? for example if it's about translation, so for sure MSA is the best for you, but if it's a job that needs contacting with others, and to live in the country so it is all depends on the place you would like to move to. 

good job opportunities are in Dubai, Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dabi. The dialect of these countries is Gulf dialect. and also there are  good opportunities to work in lebanon, they talk lebanese. so you'll need to study lebanese dialect. 

I find that all levantine dialects are so useful to learn and everyone can understand them, also Egyptian and gulf dialects are understoodable too.

It's all up to you. but if you attend to be a translator then MSA is the best for you. good luck ! 

March 24, 2018
Well, it depends on you, which dialect you find  easier and depends on the job. Egyptian dialect is useful and can be understood by most of the Arab. Also, Khaliji is used by so many countries with a bit of difference. 
February 28, 2018
It depends on where you want to work. learn the dialect of the country where you want to work in. If you want to work in your country, it is better to learn modern standard Arabic.
February 28, 2018

Arabic, Arabic Egyptian, Arabic Modern Standard

Could anybody tell the main difference between them? For example X is similar to Y, but 30% of words are different,

Thank you!

March 24, 2018
Dev, normally people advice Egyptian and Levantine (in this order) because they are widely understood (their media and TV production are widely known) I'm learning Moroccan because... Becuase I jsut want it so:)

But you're speaking of jobs! Jobs is not the same as popularity of a lnaguage, it is not that you don't have a job with a rare language (like Burmese). Less popular languages mean lesser choice but also less competition:) Companies and institution dealing with a country need people who know local languages. Less companies and less people too for less popular countries... Sometimes it is good to be unique. Sometimes. Not always. Here such jobs often imply moving to the country (or sometimes you find a job in academy).
More popular languages mean wider choice and less adventurous opportunities.

I think, it is American Arabic students who know about jobs for American Arabic intereterpreters/translators. I think it is Americans working in the field who can give qualified answer about jobs. Your country must has contacts with many Arab countries, from Gulf countries and Jordan to Morocco. None of these places is 'exotic' in the sense above.

If I were you, I'd just go for the dialect of the country I like. But that's me! And I would aim at knowing more than one dialect.
March 8, 2018
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