https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Blossam2

MSA OR COLLOQUIAL ARABIC

I wish to learn Egyptian Arabic. Which dialect is Duo teaching please?

September 9, 2019

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndresGarner

MSA.

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacBasse

It would be very strange if they would give preference for a regional form instead.

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Blossam2

MSA is not a spoken form of Arabic, i wish to become fluent in spoken Arabic (dialects) not written (MSA), also Egyptian is the most popular dialect.

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacBasse

Well, now I'm confused, because once a Egyptian friend told me that when she didn't understand people from Morocco and other places they would talk (in person) in standard language (and she even told "just like they use on TV").

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elke405873

Yes, you are right. Exactly this is needed when people from the Middle East and Egypt want to get in contact with other Arabic countries from Africa. And in official TV programs like news and in newspapers they use MSA.

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MacBasse

Thank you for making that clear Elke!

September 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Blossam2

ok

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elke405873

Actually they wrote that they want to teach here MSA but it is still a mix of MSA and dialect and wrong grammar.

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Blossam2

ok I understand, will have to check grammar online then. thanks

September 13, 2019, 2:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juliet569059

Rocket teaches Egyptian dialect. It is a good program I got the lifetime subscription and don't regret it.

you can do a free trial here https://www.rocketlanguages.com/arabic/premium

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Blossam2

hi thanks will check it out. In your opinion should you learn a dialect or MSA first?

September 13, 2019, 2:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertYoun587864

This seems to be a topic of great controversy. I only wanted to learn Egyptian and Naj (spoken in Riyadh). Native Arabic teachers want to push MSA because materials to teach are ample and colloquial are not. I tried speaking MSA in one part of Southern Saudi and these well educated Saudi military officers looked at me as if i was speaking a language from the moon. I have found educated Egyptians understand MSA. I prefer the dialect of where that i am living and so do the locals. By the way, the Saudi's think a man that speaks Levantine Arabic like the men in Lebanon think it sounds too effeminate but they like it when the women speak because they think it sounds sexy.

September 13, 2019, 6:53 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertYoun587864

I believe it is a user friendly program of a modified MSA (Modern Standard Arabic)

September 13, 2019, 5:50 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Blossam2

ok thanks

September 13, 2019, 2:11 PM
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