Learning Arabic

How to learn the language effectively

Arabic is a really hard language to master. The sounds may be different than what you're used to, and learning a new alphabet is necessary in studying Arabic.

Learning Arabic

If you want to learn Arabic, you will find many language schools in Dubai. One of the most popular ones is the Arabic Language Centre  at the Dubai World Trade Centre, which offers courses from beginner to advanced for general conversation. They also offer some courses for specific industries such as tourism, health or finance.

If you are looking for more personalized courses, you can also hire a private teacher. This option is preferred by many expats.

Self-study

If you don't have much time or if you have a limited budget, you can take self-study courses. However, keep in mind that it's harder to learn this way because you will need a lot of motivation to succeed with this method. You should also know that you can master the basics, but you won't become fluent by studying on your own.

You can find self-study courses either on the internet or with books and CDs. With the increasing number of expatriates in Dubai, there are a lot of new websites which offer tailored courses in Arabic.

In addition to courses, you should try to practice as often as you can. Once you have learned the basics of Arabic, you can watch movies in Arabic, find a language partner, etc. A tandem with an Arabic native could be really beneficial because you will learn Arabic while discovering the culture.

Arabic language certification

The only Arabic language certification that you can find in Dubai will be those awarded by your language school at the end of your studies. As of 2010, there is no national Arabic language proficiency test in Dubai.

Basic vocabulary

Here are some common Arabic phrases to practice before your arrival in Dubai.

Marhaba: Hello

As-salam àlaykum: Peace be up on you (Islamic greeting)

Wa àlaykum as-salam: And peace be upon you (answer to Islamic greeting)

Min fudluk: Please

Shukran: Thank you

Àfwan: You're welcome

Na'am: Yes

La'a: No

Ma'assalama: Take care

Wada-aan: Good bye

If you want to learn Arabic, you will find many language schools in Dubai. One of the most popular ones is the Arabic Language Centre  at the Dubai World Trade Centre, which offers courses from beginner to advanced for general conversation. They also offer some courses for specific industries such as tourism, health or finance.

If you are looking for more personalized courses, you can also hire a private teacher. This option is preferred by many expats.

Self-study

If you don't have much time or if you have a limited budget, you can take self-study courses. However, keep in mind that it's harder to learn this way because you will need a lot of motivation to succeed with this method. You should also know that you can master the basics, but you won't become fluent by studying on your own.

You can find self-study courses either on the internet or with books and CDs. With the increasing number of expatriates in Dubai, there are a lot of new websites which offer tailored courses in Arabic.

In addition to courses, you should try to practice as often as you can. Once you have learned the basics of Arabic, you can watch movies in Arabic, find a language partner, etc. A tandem with an Arabic native could be really beneficial because you will learn Arabic while discovering the culture.

Arabic language certification

The only Arabic language certification that you can find in Dubai will be those awarded by your language school at the end of your studies. As of 2010, there is no national Arabic language proficiency test in Dubai.

Basic vocabulary

Here are some common Arabic phrases to practice before your arrival in Dubai.

Marhaba: Hello

As-salam àlaykum: Peace be up on you (Islamic greeting)

Wa àlaykum as-salam: And peace be upon you (answer to Islamic greeting)

Min fudluk: Please

Shukran: Thank you

Àfwan: You're welcome

Na'am: Yes

La'a: No

Ma'assalama: Take care

Wada-aan: Good bye

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