With our team of Arabic language instructors, we are ideally placed to help language students to develop an acute awareness of this powerful language. In this new blog article, we look in greater detail at Arabic.
Classical and Modern Arabic
There are two basic styles of Arabic: Classical and Modern. The primary difference between the two is that classical Arabic puts a particular emphasis on numbers and grammar, whilst modern Arabic (MSA) is more natural and seen as a simpler version of classical Arabic. Modern Arabic is the language taught in schools. Classical Arabic is now considered to be a written language. It is wise to use it as a base if you wish to master Arabic fully.
Please also bear in mind that each Arabic-speaking country maintains its' own dialect and slang, much as with English-speaking countries.
Just as with any language that does not feature Roman letters, people initially shy away from learning Arabic because of the alphabet, which resembles a secret code on first viewing. There are 28 letters in the Arabic alphabet. You might have noticed small marks above the letters, and these identify the vowels and the pronunciation. For reasons of space, we cannot look in detail on this page at the alphabet, but we would direct you to this Guardian article on the Arabic alphabet table.
Arabic Words in English
The English language borrows (or steals) words from every language, and Arabic is no exception. Sugar, guitar, cotton and lemon all derive from Arabic, so you know a few words already!
Is Arabic a difficult language to learn?
It is clear that Arabic is not an easy language. The existence of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) has helped to simplify the language, but any language with a completely different alphabet is always going to present a challenge to an English speaker. You should also add the various tense forms that exist, the various sentence structures and the sounds that are unfamiliar to speakers of other languages and you can understand why it will take a significant amount of study in order to become fluent in the language.
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