You should start here if you are an absolute beginner and/or if you cannot read or write Arabic letters.
In Level 1, we teach you the basics of the alphabet and then help you construct some simple words and phrases in Arabic using those letters such as:
“Hello, how are you? My name is Michael. I live in Brooklyn. Nice to meet you. See you later!”
Take this class if you are familiar with most letters in the alphabet and can read most words aloud, even if you don’t know what they mean.
Level 2 students are comfortable with most of the letters of the alphabet. They are ready to start learning grammar and creating full sentences by conjugating verbs and describing nouns with adjectives. Level 2 will teach you to tell someone all about yourself in Arabic.
Sign up for a Level 3 class if you have some confidence speaking about yourself in the present tense.
Level 3 students recognize the differences between:
والد المصري vs الوالد المصري vs الوالد مصريand مدينة جميلة vs مدن جميلة.
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
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.
Level 5 students are fairly comfortable reading and writing in MSA. They are also comfortable listening/understanding and speaking in MSA and/or a dialect.
Level 5 students will build on their skills in MSA as well as the Egyptian dialect. Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 5 is right for you:
1) You understand the differences between the following:
2) You understand which part of the above words is the root and which part is Al-Masdar المصدر
3) You understand the difference between the following:
كبير vs. أكبر
أفضل يوم vs. يوم أفضل
4) You should be able to say the following in Arabic:
If I pass the exam, I will graduate in December.
If I don’t pass the exam, I will not graduate in December.
He will travel next week.
She said that she studies often.
I saw a game I liked.
If you feel comfortable with the above topics, you would be able to keep up with a Level 5 class.