Got questions? You might find the answer here.

'Dialect' is such a technical word. Is this site really for me? +

Don't be put off by the term 'dialect'.

We use this term to refer to the many different types of Arabic in the world.

The fact is that if you want to learn how to speak Arabic naturally, you've come to the right place.

We put this site together because too many sites and courses out there teach a form of Arabic that nobody actually uses outside of extremely formal situations.

We'll teach you how ordinary people in the Arab world communicate with each other.

Why no Modern Standard Arabic? +

The problem with most Arabic courses and websites is that they teach MSA as a spoken language.

Nobody anywhere on earth speaks MSA as a native language.

Most Arabs will understand you if you speak MSA but you almost certainly will not understand them when they speak. Many students study MSA for years in Western universities yet when they travel to the Middle East, they struggle to have even the most basic conversations with native speakers.

Why? Because they've learned a language that nobody speaks.

If you want to really connect with and understand people then you need to learn a spoken variety of Arabic.

Which Arabic should I learn? +

Languages require lots of motivation and hard work, and if you're not serious about it from day one then you probably won't succeed.

A lot of people will suggest you learn a dialect like Egyptian because it's widely understood but if you're not interested in Egypt then it doesn't make any sense to do that.

You should choose the dialect of the country and people you're most interested in and learn that dialect.

Is the content of the other dialects useful to me if I'm learning another dialect? +

Yes absolutely.

While it's certainly true that dialects can differ quite a lot with certain words and expressions (especially North African dialects), it's very good for your Arabic to get acquainted early on with the way things are said by Arabic speakers from different regions.

How can I use the material on this site to help me learn Arabic? +

TalkInArabic.com at present is not and does not contain course material.

You're free to choose how you make use of this material.

Currently the majority of the content here on TalkInArabic.com has been planned and put together based on high-frequency terms and expressions. It's about giving you natural material in local dialects that you won't find anywhere else.

You can click through the archives or use the search bar at the top of the page to find what you're looking for (if it's not there, request it through the contact form or Facebook and we'll get it up as fast as possible).

You can listen to the audio in your chosen dialect and read along with the provided transcript as a member.

In addition to the small, bite-size recordings you'll also find longer, more advanced recordings and videos on a range of topics that you can read along to.

 

Why the complete lack of detailed grammar explanations? +

The sole emphasis of TalkInArabic.com is to provide a resource for spoken dialect material.

If you want to study grammar then we'd be happy to recommend good resources to you but if your goal is to speak then our advice is that you focus on listening to the material on this site and practicing what you hear with native speakers.

This is by far the fastest and most natural way to improve your Arabic.

Do you offer a free trial? +

Currently no.

We are working on a trial system at the moment but for the time being we'd recommend signing up for a monthly subscription if you're serious about learning Arabic and would like to try the site.

If you do decide that Talk In Arabic is not for you then you're always free to cancel your subscription before the next month rolls around.

Which sub-dialects are these people speaking (e.g. is the Saudi Arabic here Hejazi, Najdi, etc. / where exactly are the Levantine speakers from)? +

They're mixed.

For example, at present the Levantine content is a mix of Syrian, Jordanian, Palestinian and Lebanese but we've placed Moroccan and Algerian into separate categories entirely.

Where possible, we have highlighted the origin of the speaker in the downloadable transcripts but at this point in time it would just be far too specific and time-consuming to divide up all the dialects into smaller sub-varieties.

If there's enough demand for it then we will focus our attention on it.

Can you include dialect X as well? +

If there's a dialect that you're learning or would like to learn which isn't here on TalkInArabic.com yet, please let us know and we'll do our best to make it happen.

Are you affiliated with any political or religious organization/belief? +

Not at all.

The people who contribute to this site hold various faiths and political beliefs.

Any political or religious views expressed in the Arabic recordings or videos by native speakers or on the blog belong solely to that individual.

I've noticed that the translations for many recordings aren't literal, word-for-word translations. Why is that? +

One of the most important instructions given to every native speaker who contributes to TalkInArabic.com is this:

Say it exactly as you would naturally say it to your friends and family.

This means that for many expressions even though there may be a literal translation there are actually far more natural ways to say it which you won't find in any textbook.

TalkInArabic.com is therefore not only the largest source of dialect material but also a source of the most natural dialect material.

Why are there so many spelling variations in the Arabic? +

Modern Standard Arabic is the standard system of writing across the Arab world.

Because of this, native speakers don't usually write their spoken dialect in Arabic and this leads to a lot of variations in the way people spell things.

The written transcripts have all been provided by the native Arabic speakers themselves and they're only there as a guide to help you listen and pronounce what's being said.

Why isn't the website / embedded audio and video displaying properly? +

If you're using Internet Explorer (if you absolutely must use it), make sure it's the latest version.

Better still, use a browser like Chrome or Firefox and you shouldn't have any problems.

Why are you charging for membership and not making it all freely available? +

In a perfect world everything would be free!

As much as we'd like to provide a completely free resource for Arabic, it's just not possible to give such an ambitious project away for nothing.

By placing a small price tag on it, every new membership will help us improve the site and provide even better material to help you with your Arabic.

If I sign up for a monthly membership am I stuck in a contract? +

No.

You can cancel it at any time (but if you do cancel you'll miss out on fresh content that gets added weekly).

I signed up by credit card. How can I change my billing information? +

If you subscribed using your credit card then you can update your billing information (credit card details) on this page.

Note: You'll need to be logged in to access this page.

How can I cancel my subscription? +

You can cancel your account instantly on this page (you'll need to be logged in first).

Alternatively, you can simply log in to your PayPal account and cancel your subscription with us that way.