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Should I study MSA or Spoken Arabic?

This depends on how much time you have and what you want to be able to do.

Focus on Speaking:
If you only have a month and want to get around town and meet people here in Lebanon start with spoken Arabic. We begin with the most common words, phrases and foundational principles.

If you are currently studying MSA at a university, you may want to study at ALPS for the  summer or a semester and focus on spoken Arabic.  We will use your foundation in MSA and give you the tools you need to be able to transition to spoken Arabic so that you can interact with the Lebanese. It is important to understand that no one speaks MSA on the street or in their homes in the Middle East.  That is why if you want to speak with Arabs and build relationships you need to learn the spoken language.

Or Focus on Written Arabic:
If you want to be proficient in reading and writing and understanding the news you want to learn Modern Standard Arabic.  MSA is used everyday in the Middle East and North Africa for formal business documents, government work and the news. ALPS can help you  begin or advance in your MSA studies.

Can I do both?
ahlan wa sahlan.



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