Modern Standard Arabic (MSA)


Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is nobody's mother tongue, but it is the language every educated Arab from Mauritania to Irak understands. It is the language newspapers and books are written in across the Arab World and which is used in most TV shows and radio broadcasts.
Very few Arabs anywhere speak it in its pure form (even if Egyptians tend to think they do). If you want to study Standard Arabic for professional or academic purposes, we offer courses on all levels. For students who are already enrolled in a university programme, Arabophon provides courses throughout the academic year as well as intensive summer holiday courses. Students could come and do a semester abroad program or a trimester abroad program.
If you plan to live in Morocco, you will need to read, write, and understand Standard Arabic.

For our courses we use the Georgetown "Al-Kitaab" as the core text book plus additional material.
For International Arabic we consider one to two 90-minute sessions a day as "intensive" as you will spend three times that amount on preparation and homework. Expect to spend a year (more if you have less time to study) until you can confidently pick up a newspaper and read it.
If you are a beginner, we recommend to start with a 1-week "Explorer Course" in the dialect. It teaches useful phrases for every day living, but most importantly, the Arabic Alphabet.
Please contact us if you need courses in specialized areas such as Media Arabic, Arabic literature and Islamic texts.