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The great works of the Arabic World await you. Read the famous plays of Tawfiq al-Hakim, the poetry of Jamil Sidqi al-Zahawi, or simply catch up on the day’s news in the local newspaper. As the official language across 27 states and throughout parts of the Middle East and Africa, this literary standard invites you to engage with intellectual works and important texts across time and space. Travel the Middle East and discover the magic among these ancient and modern lands.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Modern Arabic language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Modern Arabic culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Modern Arabic culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

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Course Overview

Learn Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1People
  • 2Travel
  • 3Activities
  • 4Places

Specialty

Topic-based courses that are shorter in overall length

  • 1Arab Etiquette (MSA)
  • 2Superstitions
  • Chapter 1 - Who Are You?
  • Chapter 2 - We are Family
  • Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You
  • Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home
  • Chapter 5 - Where did you go to School?
  • Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”
  • Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money
  • Chapter 3 - In My Closet
  • Chapter 4 - Shop till you Drop
  • Chapter 5 - X Marks the Spot
  • Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports
  • Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer
  • Chapter 3 - What are you Doing this Weekend?
  • Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party
  • Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place
  • Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well
  • Chapter 2 - Let's Eat
  • Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That
  • Chapter 4 - Help!
  • Chapter 5 - What is Your Emergency?
  • Chapter 1 - Welcome to Our New House!
  • Chapter 1 - The Evil Eye

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Who Are You?

Conversational Goals

  • Greet Others and Bid Them Farewell
  • Introduce Yourself Formally
  • Meet New People

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Verbless Sentences
  • Identify Subject Pronouns
  • Learn the 1st and 2nd Person Singular Possessive Pronouns
  • Learn the Personal Pronoun أنا
  • Use the Question Words ما and كيف

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - We are Family

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Questions Regarding Familial Relationships
  • Describe Someone in Relation to Family Members
  • Introduce Someone Else

Grammar Goals

  • Form Feminine Nouns
  • Form Yes / No Questions
  • Learn the 3rd Person Singular of Present Tense
  • Learn the Demonstrative Pronouns هذه and هذا

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You

Conversational Goals

  • Articulate Feelings
  • Describe Physical Characteristics
  • Express Interest
  • Inquire About a Stranger

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Object Pronouns
  • Form Feminine Adjectives
  • Learn the 2nd Person Singular of Present Tense
  • Use the Particle إنّ With Pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home

Conversational Goals

  • Explain That You Are a Non-native Speaker
  • Explain Where You Are From
  • Identify Languages and Countries
  • Inquire About Someone’s Ability to Speak a Language

Grammar Goals

  • Form Relational Adjectives
  • Learn the Personal Pronoun أنت
  • Practice Noun - Adjective Word Order and Agreement
  • Understand Adverb Formation With بِ

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Where did you go to School?

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss the Merits of a School
  • Inquire About Programs

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Past Tense
  • Form the Comparative and Superlative Degree of Adjectives
  • Learn the Demonstrative Pronoun تلك

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Clarification
  • Provide and Obtain New Information
  • Request New Vocabulary

Grammar Goals

  • Apply Adjective Agreement with Feminine Nouns in Plural
  • Be Introduced to the Definite Article
  • Learn the Negation Particle ‎ليس
  • Learn the Plural Ending ات

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money

Conversational Goals

  • Ask the Price for Something
  • Buy a Ticket for Travel
  • Count
  • Negotiate

Grammar Goals

  • Apply Noun-Numerical Adjective Agreement
  • Be Introduced to Dual Number
  • Learn About the Assimilation of the Definite Article
  • Learn the Verb يمكن
  • Use the Pronoun ما in Relative Clauses

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - In My Closet

Conversational Goals

  • Express Future Plans
  • Identify Various Articles of Clothing
  • Question Statements Made by Others

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the First Person Plural of Present Tense
  • Learn the Future Tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Shop till you Drop

Conversational Goals

  • Acquire Necessities
  • Find Places to Shop
  • Gather Information from a Native Speaker
  • Inquire About Shops in the Local Area

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Present Continuous
  • Learn the Verb أستطيع
  • Use the Present Tense Negation لا

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - X Marks the Spot

Conversational Goals

  • Ask For and Receive Directions
  • Describe the Location of One Object in Relation to Another

Grammar Goals

  • Apply Demonstrative Adjective - Noun agreement
  • Be Introduced to Noonation
  • Learn the Imperative
  • Learn the Negation in the Imperative

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss Sports and Exercises
  • Express Time Relationships
  • Invite Someone to Join Along

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the Idaafa Construction
  • Form the Present Perfect with لقد
  • Use the Question Words ماذا and ما

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer

Conversational Goals

  • Ask About Vacations and Seasonal Opportunities
  • Discuss the Four Seasons
  • Discuss the Months of the Year

Grammar Goals

  • Apply Noun - Adjective Agreement in Possessive Phrases
  • Be Introduced to Verbal Nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - What are you Doing this Weekend?

Conversational Goals

  • Converse About the Days of the Week
  • Make Plans for the Weekend
  • Talk About Age and Birthdays
  • Use the Terms Weekday and Weekend

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Verb يجب
  • Use the Expression هيا
  • Use the Question Word كم
  • Use the Word لكن With Pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party

Conversational Goals

  • Make Future Plans
  • Tell the Time

Grammar Goals

  • Apply Word Order in Affirmative Sentences
  • Use the Particle ما

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place

Conversational Goals

  • Prepare for a Departure
  • Strengthen Relationships

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Past Tense Adverbs
  • Practice Definite Article Assimilation
  • Use متى and حين (When)

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for Medication
  • Describe Symptoms
  • Speak to a Pharmacist

Grammar Goals

  • Learn How to Express the Verb "To Have"
  • Use Expletive Pronouns in Verbless Sentences
  • Use و in a Series of Nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Let's Eat

Conversational Goals

  • Identify Items on the Dinner Table
  • Offer Assistance
  • Order a Meal
  • Understand the Customs of Local Dining

Grammar Goals

  • Learn the Verb يمكن
  • Practice Object Pronouns
  • Use Category Nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Whether a Dish Contains Certain Ingredients
  • Explain That You Require a Special Diet
  • Give Compliments
  • Reference Senses

Grammar Goals

  • Express"Each" and "All" with كل
  • Use the Particle أنَّ
  • Use أي (Any)

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Help!

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Questions
  • Declare that a Problem Exists
  • State That You do not Know Something

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Passive Voice
  • Practice Word Order in Wh-Questions

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - What is Your Emergency?

Conversational Goals

  • Answer Questions
  • Request Emergency Aid

Grammar Goals

  • Learn How ة Changes Before Possessive Endings
  • Learn More on Vowel Changes in Passive Voice
  • Learn Past Tense Endings

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Welcome to Our New House!

Conversational Goals

  • Describe a House
  • Follow the Arab Etiquette When Visiting Someone's House
  • Respond with the Appropriate "Thank you"
  • Talk About Food
  • Welcome Someone to Your House

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Verb - Subject Agreement
  • Learn About Noun - Adjective Agreement and Order
  • Start Using Cases
  • Use Possessive Suffixes
  • Use the Vocative with يا

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - The Evil Eye

Conversational Goals

  • Advise Someone to Do or Not to Do Something
  • Congratulate Someone
  • Express Your Opinion
  • Share Good News

Grammar Goals

  • Connect Sentences with أن
  • Learn About Noun-Adjective Agreement and Order
  • Negate Verbal Sentences
  • Start Using Cases
  • Use Object Suffixes

Related Resources

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Discover how the shapes of Arabic letters change depending on their position in a word with this easy-to-read alphabet chart.

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