Learn Arabic in NYC :: Williamsburg

$325 for each 20-hour class

Our Arabic classes are 20 hours each. Our Williamsburg classrooms are two blocks from the Graham Avenue L train stop.

مرحبا

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Williamsburg

Fluent City teaches Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) which is the official Arabic language across the Arab World and the foundation for all dialects. Arabic Level 4 and up also includes a basic introduction to the Egyptian dialect. Interested in a different dialect? Email us at hey@fluentcity.com and we can set you up with private lessons or let you know if we have an upcoming workshop. If you grew up hearing and possibly even speaking an Arabic dialect, check out our Arabic for Heritage Speakers class!

*Our regular classes are 20 hours. Most meet once a week for 2 hours for ten weeks.

*Weekend intensives are all-day classes on Saturday and Sunday for two weekends.

Level 1

More about Level 1

Level 1 is taught in English and is for those who want to start at the very beginning with Arabic or for those who took a little bit of Arabic but are still struggling with the alphabet. If you’ve never taken a language class before, don’t worry – we will walk you through the basics and explain verb conjugations, vocab learning tips, etc.

If you know the alphabet and can struggle through saying things in Arabic like: "My name is...", "Hi, how are you?", "Nice to meet you" then you should check the Level 2 descriptions to be sure a Level 2 class isn't more appropriate for you.

Not totally ready for Level 2 but don’t want to start at the beginning? We recommend taking a few hours of private lessons and/or a Bridge Workshop to review Level 1 material.

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Level 1 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm
December 10 - February 25
* Skips Dec 24 and Dec 31

Level 2

More about Level 2

Level 2 is taught in English and is for those who know the alphabet very well and are ready to use it to learn basic MSA Arabic grammar. Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 2 is right for you:

1) You are able to read the following sentence aloud, even if you don’t know what it means:

لا يُحِبّ السَّفر

2) You know how to write each letter in the alphabet. You also know which letters don’t connect and how to connect the ones that do.

3) You know the difference between Sun and Moon letters as well as their use with alif-laam.

4) You understand the difference between:

a) Long and short vowels
b) Emphatic vs. non-emphatic consonants

5) You can recognize and write Harakaat (Shadda, Sukuun and Short vowels)

6) You know basic expressions such as:

“Hello, my name is…”
“How are you?”
“Nice to meet you.”

In general, if you’re fairly comfortable with the above concepts, then you can keep up with a Level 2 class.

If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 3 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you. 80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 2 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm
December 9 - February 24
* Skips Dec 23 and 30

Level 3

More about Level 3

Level 3 is for those who are starting to feel comfortable speaking in the present tense, as well as for those who have basic knowledge of how the progressive past tense works. Here is a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 3 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases in MSA Arabic in the present tense such as:

She is American.
Her father is American.
The Palestinian man’s sister studies literature.
I don’t remember their names.
Where does that man live?

2) You can say short phrases in Arabic in the past tense such as:

He was studying literature.

3) You can recognize the differences between:

الوالد المصري and الوالد مصري and والد المصري
كان يدرس and يدرس
مدينة and المدينة
مدينة جميلة and مدن جميلة

4) You know how:

a) To find the root of a word
b) To use the Arabic dictionary

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 3 class. Level 3 is taught primarily in MSA Arabic with the first or second class designed to help you adjust to Arabic being used in the classroom exclusively. If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 4 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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There are no open classes for this level at the moment. We'll be adding one soon!

Level 4

More about Level 4

Level 4 students are fairly comfortable putting together sentences in the present and the main past tenses. In Level 4, students will continue the study of MSA but also receive an introduction to the Egyptian dialect. Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 4 is right for you:

1) You understand the differences between the following phrases:

السفر and اسافر
درست and تدرس

2) You are able to say the following in Arabic:

I don’t like to travel.
There are lots of big houses on this street.
Those words, I don’t remember them.
My brother is 32 years old.
His wife isn’t a student.

3) You are able to count to 100.

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 4 class. If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 5 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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There are no open classes for this level at the moment. We'll be adding one soon!

Don't see the level you are looking for or a class that works for your schedule? Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter at the top of this page and we'll notify you when we add new classes!

How do I know which level I am?

Each 20-hour class is a “level” (Level 1, Level 2, etc.) and most students choose to continue on to the next level at the end. If you are an absolute beginner and/or wish to start at the very beginning, you should choose a Level 1 class. Level 2 is for students who are at least a tiny bit familiar with how the language works and have taken at least one class at some point before, even if it was a long time ago.

A Level 2 student can usually struggle through saying something like: "Hello, my name is ___, I live in Brooklyn. I have a cat. My brother is a teacher…"; but would not be able to say more complex things like "I wanted to meet up tonight, but I forgot that you aren't available."

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students that find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

If you want to go ahead and purchase the book(s) required for the course you sign up for so that you have it in time for the first class, but end up changing to a different level class that uses a different book, we are happy to buy the unused new book back from you for no more than the price listed on our website (fluentcity.com/books) for that specific book.

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