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Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)


Learn Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) through conversations

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.


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.


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.


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.


Didn’t catch that? Hear it again at a conversational speed, hover over for phonetics, or click on the word for an articulated narration. Tone your accent against native speaker audio by activating the voice comparison tool.


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

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