Arabic Courses

Good Arabic courses are hard to find. The first question is: do you want to learn a spoken dialect or Modern Standard Arabic?

Each region in the Middle East has its own version of spoken Arabic and these dialects are not always easily understood everywhere.

The Modern Standard Arabic found in the media, in newspapers and on TV, on the other hand, is understood almost by everyone. But, only the educated classes can speak it actively.

The only real long-term solution is to learn at least one dialect and Modern Standard Arabic.

Here are the Arabic courses I genuinely recommend for Arabic language learning beginners:

Arabic Dialect Courses

Rocket Arabic Pros Cons
Rocket Arabic
  • practical language skills
  • real Egyptian Arabic
  • fun lessons
  • audio, transcripts and PC software

  • doesn't teach writing
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Pimsleur Arabic Pros Cons
Pimsleur Eastern Arabic Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic
  • real spoken Arabic
  • easy to follow
  • all audio method
  • consistent results

  • pricey
  • doesn't teach writing
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Buy Pimsleur Arabic (Egyptian)
Buy Pimsleur Arabic (Eastern)

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Modern Standard Arabic Courses

Arabic Genie Pros Cons
Arabic Genie
  • learn Arabic script in fastest time possible
  • no rote memorization
  • cheap
  • fun exercsises
  • great bonus (FSI Arabic) with 17 h audio

  • doesn't teach colloquial dialects
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Buy Arabic Genie's
"The Magic Key To The Arabic Alphabet"

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