- What is colloquial Arabic?
Colloquial Arabic is the nonformal form of the Arabic language which is used in nearly all daily communication and spoken situations. Colloquial Arabic exists in contrast with the official standardized Arabic language or what we call modern standard Arabic or (fusha) used in most official writings and papered speech.
There are few dialects of colloquial Arabic which vary according to the Arab country it is spoken in.
The main four dialects in the Arab World:
– The Egyptian dialect
– The dialect of the region of Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordon – The dialect of the Gulf region containing Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries
– The dialect of North West of Africa especially in Morocco
Although there are those different dialects which represent the colloquial Arabic in most Arab countries, the Egyptian dialect is considered the most significant common dialect in the Arab world. So, those who are interested in learning colloquial Arabic don’t have to learn all idioms in the Arab World. All they need is to determine the Egyptian dialect which is the most common, widespread and understood in the whole Arab region.
How do you learn colloquial Arabic?
Learning colloquial Arabic course is excellent for those non-Arabs living in Arab countries or planning to travel to Arabic speaking countries, run basic conversations with others and spend enjoyable time learning colloquial Arabic language. As Egyptian dialect is the most widespread and understood in all Arab world, then learning Egyptian dialect can be enough for learning colloquial Arabic.
“Egyptian Dialect” course or colloquial Arabic is one of the free online courses presented by “al-Azhar Quran Teaching online” for non-Arabs who are interested in learning colloquial Arabic.
This course is also meant for new non-Arab Muslims who plan to travel to Egypt or any other Arab country to learn about Islam and study it in the al-Azhar institution. The colloquial Arabic online course is taught by native Egyptian tutors who are well-qualified and competent to teach colloquial Arabic to non-Arabs who are interested in learning Egyptian dialect or colloquial Arabic. The course helps you start important conversations and manage to deal and speaking to Egyptian and Arab people.
The course is also divided into four levels:
– Kallimni Arabi, (Talk to me in Arabic)
– Kallimni Arabi Akter, (Talk to me more in Arabic)
– Kallimni Arabi Mazboot, (Talk to me in Arabic accurately)
– Kallimni f Jul Haga. (Talk to me about everything)
In the first level, students learn how to say greetings and introduce themselves. They also learn possessive pronouns, jobs, family members, numbers, and adverbs of places, fruit, and vegetables. Learners learn how to use colloquial Arabic to ask about the way, the weather, and the clothes. They learn how to make suggestions, invitations and talk about hobbies and free time. They learn how to run conversations at a restaurant, how to express necessities and how to form imperatives, questions, how to give advice, make apologies, and leave and take messages.
During the next course, the tutor takes the learners to a higher level of learning colloquial Arabic. In this class, the learners will be studying how to form sentences to talk about their personal life and experiences, how to talk about the members of families, their memories and their information about old Egypt. They also learn how to give information about their jobs, their dreams and wishes and how to ask for and offer help in different life situations.
During the third course, students move to an advanced level of learning colloquial Arabic. They learn how to express their preferences for different meals, how to spend their free times, and how to show what they think of something and why.
In the fourth online course of learning colloquial Arabic, students learn how to discuss learning strategies and how to improve the process of education. They also study how to present traveling, tourism, art, how to make a complaint diplomatically and how to talk about every day’s troubles.