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desertdudeshj wrote:You can learn that kind of Arabic ( book Arabic ) but don't expect it to go too far in the real word with it as no one in the Arab world speaks like that. Its like learning English from Shakespear.
desertdudeshj wrote:And Egypt ! Egypt/Egyptians don't speak Arabic. They speak Egyptian a total distorted form of Arabic. With weird words like Haga and what not ! Pronouciation also sucks. For example Masjid is Masgid. Juma is Guma and they insist that is the correct way to pronouce.
desertdudeshj wrote:My American friend ( Muslim convert )spent around 10 years studying Arabic and Islamic studies in Al Azher Uni and has a tough time getting aorund here using his Arabic skills. He writes books and professional material in Arabic. His grammar, writing skills are scholarly but verbal skills arn't great at all. He himself blames living in Cairo for so long having spoilt his Arabic.
P.S : Was in Syria for around 5 ish years before that studying aswell.
Aiysha wrote:hi all,
I'm moving to UAE so i will have to learn arabic. Am a bit concered about daily life .. but from wat i've heard in the workplace people speak english...
any recommendations for courses in abu dhabi