There is a whole spectrum of spoken Arabic languages, with 300-400 million speakers worldwide, of which the most common (54 million speakers) is Egyptian Arabic. There is however a single official written version of the language: Modern Standard Arabic or Literary Arabic. Arabic is the sole official language in 15 countries and an official language in ten others, and is the liturgical language of Islam.
A working knowledge of Arabic can be enormously useful for anyone interested in contemporary politics, comparative religion or north African culture or history. It also comes in handy if you want to travel the world, especially if you plan to see the pyramids.
Levels offered: Arabic
Beginners (level 1)
You have little or no prior knowledge of Arabic.
Post-beginners (level 2)
You can manage in everyday situations using the present tense.
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Greeting: "as-salaam 'alaykum" (peace be upon you)
Counting: waaHid, Ithnaan, Thalaatha, arba'a, Khamsa
Useful phrase: "" ()