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Learn Arabic Fast!

Learning to speak Arabic can be quick and easy with our Arabic language courses and learning aids.† Whether you are looking for an all audio Arabic course like Pimsleur or a computer based Arabic course like Rosetta Stone, we have whatís right for you.† Before you know it, youíll be on your way to learning Arabic.

Learn Arabic on the Go

Having a busy life shouldnít keep you from learning Arabic.† We offer several Arabic language courses that will allow you to learn to speak Arabic while driving, exercising, doing housework, etc.† This means you can learn Arabic anywhere, anytime.† The ease with which youíll learn Arabic is amazing.†

Can I Really Learn Arabic?

The answer is YES!† Learning Arabic is easier than ever with our full line of Arabic language courses and learning aids.† Learning Arabic is not as hard as you might think.† With all the available Arabic resources, you can learn while commuting, while watching TV or while sitting in front of the computer.† If you want to learn to speak Arabic, there is no excuse to not.† The world is at our fingertips and learning Arabic will help you better communicate with everyone.

Here are 5 Secrets to Learn Arabic Fast:

  1. Set a Goal - Decide how many minutes each day you are going to set aside for your Arabic studies.† Stick to this no matter what comes about.† Setting a goal to study each day will help you more quickly achieve your goal to learn Arabic fast.
  2. Set a Time - Know at what time you are going to study Arabic each day.† This is part of your goal setting but of equal importance to your success.† Your time might be first thing in the morning.† Or it might be on your evening commute home.† Whatever the time is, stick to it.†
  3. Take Notes - Buy yourself a notebook to use for your Arabic studies.† In your notebook take notes of the words or phrases that may be difficult for you to remember.† Spell them out.† Write their definition.† Youíll be surprised with how much this will help you in your goal to learn Arabic fast.
  4. Collect Arabic Articles and Pictures - Keep a folder and collect Arabic articles and pictures about the language and country you are learning about.† You might find an article about Egypt or Iraq.† Add those to your folder.† The internet is full of Arabic language newspapers.† Print off some articles to look over and see how many words you recognize.
  5. Have Fun! - There is no sense setting a goal to learn Arabic if you donít have fun.† Use your new language skills to practice with native speakers.† And before you know it, youíll be on your way to learning Arabic.† Good luck and have fun!

The ARABIC Language:
Today Arabic is spoken throughout the Arabian Peninsula and also in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Mauritania, and Chad. It is the mother tongue of over 180 million people in Africa and Asia. In addition, Arabic plays an important part in the lives of all Muslims, for it is the sacred language of Islam and its holy book the Qur'an.

The Arabic language can be characterized as having one standard, formal, written form that is used and understood all over the Arab world. However, in its spoken form, it is represented by many regional, generally mutually intelligible dialects. The standard form (called Classical--or Literary--Arabic) is used mainly for writing, but is also used orally in highly formal situations (such as, in written media and books, and in the spoken media, higher education, religious sermons, and courts of law).

The basic difference between the formal language and the dialects is that the latter are used in everyday oral interaction, and reflect the popular spoken language of specific geographical regions. The differences in the dialects spoken in various Arabic-speaking countries or regions is similar to the differences between English-speaking countries and regions. Pronounciations (accents) differ, such as the accent of a person from New York compared to someone from the Deep South (in the United States). Minor differences in vocabulary are also found: a "drinking fountain" in Arizona, is called a "bubbler" in Wisconsin, or a "soft drink" in one region, is called a "soda" in another area.

The differences in English are even more distinct between North Americans and Britons, or Britons and Australians. Yet all are native speakers of English--we all can communicate with spoken English, read the same newspapers, and watch the same television programs, essentially without difficulty.

The communication skills learned in either the Pimsleur Eastern Arabic course or the Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic course, may be used successfully with any other speaker of the Arabic language.

Eastern Arabic is the dialect spoken in: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. Eastern Arabic is also very well understood in the eastern and southeastern parts of the Arab world: Arabia, the gulf region and Iraq due to the fact that millions of Syrians, Palestinians, Jordanians, and Lebanese have worked and are working there. Additionally, there is considerable intermarriage among these groups. Eastern Arabic, although a general term, is based on the dialect of Damascus, which is the largest city in the area (with more than five million people). Moreover, it has been the center of power, culture, and education over many centuries. Individuals learning this dialect will have no trouble understanding neighboring dialects nor making themselves understood.

Egyptian Arabic is mainly spoken in: Egypt. Egyptian Arabic has also gained a high degree of acceptance throughout the Arabic-speaking world because of its use in films. The Cairene dialect of Egyptian Arabic is the variety spoken in the Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic course. It is the standard for spoken Egyptian and the people are extremely proud of it.

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