As the name suggests, Talk in Arabic is a resource to learn Arabic. But what you might not know about it is the extent to which it’s able to help you do so.
If you’ve ever studied Arabic before, you know that it’s more a collection of dialects than a single, unified language. The Arabic spoken in Tunisia is different from the Arabic spoken in Saudi Arabia, which is different from the Arabic spoken in Iraq.
Unless you want to only learn Modern Standard Arabic (which is only really good for listening to the news, and a version of Arabic that no real people even speak as a first language), you’re going to have to get acquainted with a dialect or two.
Why Talk in Arabic is Unique
This is where Talk in Arabic comes in. It’s currently the ONLY Arabic language resource that teaches all varieties of spoken Arabic dialects in the Middle East — and you have access to all of them when using this resource. So no matter if you want to learn how to communicate with people in Sudan, Jordan, or Syria, there’s an option for you here.
The content in their database is added to each week, so there’s always new audio lessons to listen to or videos to watch. And like most language learning companies, they also provide paid members with high-quality MP3 files, written transcripts, and lesson notes so that you can learn at your own pace.
In addition, their teachers are native speakers of these dialects who make sure to provide you with terms and expressions that aren’t straight out of a textbook, that are rarely literal translations, and that often contain slang and local idiomatic expressions so that you can understand how the real language is spoken.
Unfortunately, Talk in Arabic doesn’t focus extensively on how to write Arabic, so if this is something you were hoping to see included here, just know that most of the emphasis is on speaking. However, the Arabic script is not something that’s too difficult to learn, and like any other alphabet, it can be mastered in a few days with a good textbook for reference. The difficult part of Arabic is the speaking, something that Talk in Arabic is great at teaching.
Talk in Arabic Helps You Learn Specifically Because It:
- Is a useful and relevant community-driven database of spoken Arabic dialect material, providing convenient, bite-sized content that focuses 100% on natural speaking and listening skills in all major (and some minor) dialects.
- Presents language content as it’s used in real life and by real people. The words and expressions used in all of the recordings are spoken as they’re spoken in reality – not according to the textbooks.
- Avoids confusing, discouraging, and boring grammar explanations wherever possible.
- Gets straight to the point by answering “How do I say…?” questions for many specific Arabic dialects. The audio and the additional transcript files make it easy for you to get the answer you need immediately. You’re also able to compare many of them to the way they’re said in other dialects to become familiar with the differences or to help you decide on which dialect you want to learn.
- Covers content that’s useful and relevant to learners of all levels. Where they can, they record both short, bite-sized recordings, as well as longer, advanced topic discussions and videos that are useful to everyone.
- Provides a unique, practical blog contributed to by learners of Arabic at different levels.
- Hosts a forum that’s moderated by native speakers where learners like you can meet and engage with other learners.
Hear Some Sample Lessons
It may be enough to tell you that Talk in Arabic is a resource for all spoken dialects of Arabic that is full of natural, relevant, high-quality audio and video, transcripts and subtitles, and new content guaranteed every week…
…but you might prefer to actually experience what the content is like instead of just reading about it.
Below are several sample lessons, which represent the main types of lesson content that Talk in Arabic provides.
First, there are straight-to-the-point answers to ‘How do I say…’ questions, with sample sentences included to show you exactly how things are said by native speakers (e.g. ‘How to say ‘as soon as’ in Levantine Arabic’).
In the next sample lesson, you’ll learn how to say “What, How, When, Who, Why, and Where” in Egyptian Arabic, as well as how to use them in several sentences.
In the next sample lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about present actions in Moroccan Arabic.
The other type of content you’ll find is higher level listening material. These are in the form of both publicly available audio recordings and video content, which also come with transcripts and subtitles. See an example below in Tunisian dialect.
If you’re trying to learn Arabic, and especially if you’ve had difficulty finding appropriate resource material for a particular dialect of Arabic in the past, consider using this site to really improve your language skills.