What type of Arabic will I be learning?

You will find people referring to different kinds of Arabic: Qur’anic Arabic, Classical Arabic, Modern Arabic and Colloquial Arabic. The grammatical structure of the first of these three are virtually the same. As for colloquial Arabic, you will find that in informal spoken Arabic, many of the grammatical rules are relaxed, and dialects and vocabulary may have some significant variance from country to country. What I will be teaching in this course is Modern Standard Arabic, which is the formal unifying language of the Middle East whereby an Arab from one country may communicate with a fellow Arabic speaker from any other country. It is also the language of the media, literature and government, and is used in international forums such as the United Nations. Understanding the grammar of Modern Standard Arabic would also give the learner access to an understanding of the Qur’an.

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