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As the world's fourth-largest linguistic system with 538 million speakers across the globe, Arabic is the official language of 25 countries, of several international organizations, and one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
It’s the language of Islam and of business in a globalized world, the language of the Arab world and the second language of 250 million people. It’s fair to say that being able to speak Arabic can open many doors on social, cultural, religious, professional and economic levels.
As an historical hub of immigration and due to its colonial past, the UK has a rich and diverse array of foreign languages spoken as a mother tongue or a second language – including over 159,000 speakers of Arabic, be it modern standard, dialectical or Koranic.
Because of the international influence of this multi-millennial Semitic language, learning Arabic in Paris is more useful than ever, even more so than Russian, Portuguese, German or Japanese.
Arabic is an ancient language which emerged between the 3rd and 6th centuries in the common era. Until the Renaissance period of the 16th century, the Arabic language was understood through literature, the arts and sciences, explorations and human progress. Today, it remains one of the most influential oriental languages.
Learning Arabic helps to understand Islamic history, language and civilization, and gives access to a breath-taking cultural heritage. The Arabic alphabet is an abjad, a triliteral writing system mainly composed of consonants. This is derived from the protosinaitic alphabet of the 15th-11th centuries BCE, a Semitic language rooted in Canaanite prehistory.
In what is now present-day Lebanon, the Phoenicians (people who dominated the Mediterranean basin from the 10th-5th centuries BCE) adopted this first written alphabet, before it spread to the Arameans of Syria, the ancestors of the Arabs.
In fact, it was the Lebanese and the Syrians (Phoenicians and Arameans, respectively) who created our alphabets (Latin, Hebrew, Arabic). Europeans and Arabs therefore share the same ancestors!
Being able to understand, read and write in Arabic also makes it possible to really appreciate the masterpieces of Arabic literature, notably that of Avicenna, Arabic calligraphy and also the study of Islam.
Arabic is a language of international communication, making it possible to evolve in large international institutions such as the United Nations, the African Union, the Arab League, The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, or the Arab Maghreb Union.
Learning Arabic helps to dismantle a prejudice that is too often widespread: the preconceived idea that it is a difficult language. By virtue of a historical, geographical and cultural proximity, many European words have a direct Arabic origin.
Arabic grammar is actually pretty simple because it’s based exclusively on triliteral roots (three consonants). As soon as we know these roots, we can determine the Arabic words according to their context.
In London, studying Arabic through private lessons may be the start of a new professional career. A significant professional asset, the demand for Arabic-speaking workers is growing across all areas – in journalism, translation, interpreting, law, international trade, and finance to name a few!
Fancy launching your professional career? Looking to learn a new foreign language?
Our Arabic private tutors at Superprof are thrilled to be able to teach you the ins and outs of Arabic language and culture.
Depending on the profile and specialisation of each Arabic teacher, it will first be necessary to choose what kind of Arabic to learn, and to set out what goals you hope to achieve.
Arabic is a like language umbrella that covers many different dialects from countries where it is spoken as a native or official language.
This means there is a literary Arabic, which is standardised to be understood by everyone, and dialectal Arabic, which is specific to each Arab country or region.
Generally, it is literary Arabic that is commonly taught as standard. However, you can learn Moroccan Arabic (Darija), Tunisian or Algerian Arabic, depending on your interests.
Private lessons in the capital can be broken down into three forms of language learning: classical Arabic, modern standard Arabic and Koranic Arabic.
The first corresponds to ancient Arabic, as it was practiced since its conception. To take classes in classical Arabic is therefore like studying the whole of Arab-Muslim civilization!
Learning modern standard Arabic will allow you to exchange and communication with native speakers in all Arab countries.
Superprof tutorials should therefore focus on learning the alphabet – its 28 letters with each respective shape (initial, isolated, median, final) – Arabic vocabulary, and Arabic grammar (including verbs, pronouns, adjectives).
Wherever you’re based, and whether you’re taking lessons to learn to speak or an intensive course to revise for an exam, Superprof tutors will help you to read and write in Arabic, to learn pronunciation and to aid with comprehension.
Arabic is the sacred language of Islam, the language of Allah revealed by the prophet Muhammad. This means that learning Arabic will also provide you with an Islamic education by learning the science of Koranic Arabic. This is called Tajwid and represents liturgical science, the art of reading the Koran properly and reciting the sacred book.
If Koranic Arabic courses are what you’re after, or you’re already attending lessons at an institute or online and want some extra help, our teachers at Superprof will provide you with regular and personalised follow-up sessions to help you achieve your goal.
Language learning doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye: first you have to listen to the different sounds of the language, become familiar with the letters of the alphabet, learn a few words and enrich your vocabulary and pronunciation steadily.
This is exactly what private tutoring at home or online can do for you, in individual classes or in group classes, depending on how you learn best.
There are hundreds of Arabic teachers registered on the Superprof platform, all waiting to pass on their language skills to learners who trust us.
Our teachers are competent to give courses at all levels, including primary school, secondary school, sixth form and university. The courses we provide are compatible with the European reference framework for languages (from A1 to C2).
Each of them is a native speaker or a graduate of higher studies in Arabic from recognised institutions. Some tutors may have other training, but have Arabic as their mother tongue or second language.
Our teachers adapt to all audiences (schoolchildren, students, professionals) and at all language levels, develop a teaching method according to each profile and can teach different variants of the language, such as literary and dialectal Arabic.
Several variables come into play when choosing the right Arabic teacher:
The good news is that many of our tutors offer the first hour’s lesson for free, so you can get a feel of what works for you!
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This offer helps to assess the student's level and to get a better idea of expectations and things to work on, ultimately establishing a learning plan between student and teacher
Can’t find the right teacher in your area? You may have to pay a bit more (including public transport or fuel), but looking at a different part of London might get you the best tutor.
After all, London transport is quick and easy, meaning you can get around hassle-free. Do you live in East London? Why not look for an Arabic teacher in the City or North London?
You’ll never have been so close to becoming bilingual in Arabic!
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