So you want to learn the Arabic Language? Take it from an experienced Arabic Teacher & Native speaker of the language!
Be careful to NOT learn the "dialect" version of this language. Here is why you need to focus on learning the proper Arabic that is recognized by the U.N and 99% of the Arab League:
- MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) is the standardized and literary variety of Arabic used in writing, and in most formal speech. i.e. as seen in Arabic newspapers, TV Anchors, Radio, Magazines, etc. ?
- Modern Standard Arabic is the literary standard across the Middle East, North Africa, Horn of Africa and one of the official six languages of the United Nations. o Most printed matter in the Arab League—including most books, newspapers, magazines, official documents, and reading primers for small children—is written in MSA.
- "Colloquial" Arabic refers to the many regional dialects and varieties derived from Arabic spoken daily across the region and learned as a first language.
See the cited reference below to the aforementioned:
Arabic Language International Council *Wikipedia Article excerpt*
“In according to (16 May 2007) the UN General Assembly proclaims 2008 International Year of Languages, in efforts to promote Unity in diversity, and also its recognition that the United Nations pursues multilingualism as a means of promoting, protecting and preserving diversity of languages and cultures globally, emphasized the paramount importance of the quality of the Organization's six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish). Based on this, Arabic Language International Council was declared by the Arab universities association members in the presence of more than 160 university rectors and presidents during their 41 conference which took place in Riyadh in 14–16 April 2008. At the same time, the council is supported and encouraged by their Excellencies ministers of education in most of the Arab countries, the Secretary Generals of the Arab League, Organisation of the Islamic Conference, Muslim World League, the Arab Gulf States Cooperation Council, the Arab Maghreb Union, and the Arab Economic Unity Council. This is in addition to the support and approval of the General Directors of UNESCO, ISESCO, ALECSO, and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States. Also strong support came from universities rectors, presidents and the secretary generals of the Arab colleges associations in Arab universities including: colleges and institutes of education, colleges of science, colleges of law, colleges of pharmacy, colleges of engineering, colleges of computing and information, colleges of art, colleges of medicine, colleges of dentists medicine, colleges of science and information technology, Colleges of administration sciences. The recognition and encouragement has come from the secretary generals of the quality unions which have the membership of the Arab Economic Unity Council and include: Arab lawyers, Arab banks, Arab universities, Arab libraries and information, Arab publishers, Arab writers, Arab investors, Arab chambers of commerce, industry and agriculture, Arab Inter –parliamentary, Arab committee for protecting intellectual property. This is in addition to other organizations, unions and institutions which show interest in the Arabic language international council and its programs”