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Old Oct 13th 2013, 2:37 pm
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Hey everyone,
Does anybody know of any good places that offer Arabic courses for beginners? I'm looking for something to do in the evenings and I figured that would be a good option to learn something too. Any positive experiences would be great to hear about!
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Old Oct 14th 2013, 12:06 pm
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Your problem could be that most Arabic instruction is aimed at those who are doing it for religious reasons. In my experience it is VERY difficult to find a competent teacher who can provide Arabic as a Foreign language instruction.

I got a copy of Haywood and Nahmad's Arabic Grammar and worked my way through it with the help of whoever I could persuade to help.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Arabic-G.../dp/085331585X

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Old Oct 15th 2013, 7:45 am
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Hi, thanks for the tip, I found this course online http://www.purpleacademy.com/ but it's quite expensive and, being a teacher in the kingdom and quite aware of the flaws in the industry, I was hoping to find someone who has experience with doing courses. I have a book and rosetta stone program to do it myself but want to have the spoken element at the forefront. The books all seem to focus on the written aspect.
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Diglossia in Arabic means that there is considerable divergenge between formal written Arabic - either Classical or MSA and the spoken varieties. If you are seriouis about studying it, the best approach is through MSA (Modern Standard Arabic)
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There is a school by the Filipino markets in Manila square in New Battha. I noticed it the other day so I don't know how good it is or anything about it . They just have a big sign offering Arabic language courses for foreigners . Might be worth a look and there's some good shopping there too.
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Old Oct 19th 2013, 1:04 pm
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Thanks for the tip, I'll check it out next time i'm in batha
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There are many online courses available for this.
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Old Oct 24th 2013, 11:26 am
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I agree that it's very difficult to find Arabic classes that are not primarily religious classes and that are well-taught (i.e. for adult education). You will probably learn more from a reputable CD or online course (Rosetta Stone, etc.), plus practicing with some friendly colleagues. That said, if you can find a non-religious face-to-face course, it might be an interesting social experience regardless of whether you learn much Arabic.
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Thanks Tosis, that is looking like the best option - I found a couple private teachers and I'll stick with my rosetta stone!
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THE USIS have an excellent course with book and CD. I think it was also available online.
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Hi beco1,

I am a local saudi,, , I can give you tips, cultural advices etc ... If you would like to.
I am not sure of my teaching skills in arabic but i could give it a go!!
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