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Why You Should Learn Spoken Arabic Before Modern Standard Arabic image

Why learn Spoken Arabic before learning MSA? Students who choose to learn Arabic – whether studying in their home country or in the Arab World – are faced with the challenge of diglossia- a linguistic situation where two different varieties of a language co-exist within a community. Usually, one of these varieties is considered prestigious (or in sociolinguistic terms, High) and the other considered “everyday” (or Low). In Arabic, the High variety is referred to as fusHa and the Low variety as ammiyah. The term fusHa includes both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA, the language of the media) and Classical Arabic (the language of the Qur’an). Ammiyah is referred to in English as Colloquial Arabic, dialects of Arabic, or simply “everyday ...

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