Can you already use the present and future tense to talk about people, hobbies and routines, give advise and to ask for directions? Are you familiar with the Arabic script (including the use of the hamza, madda, shadda and other tashkiil or diacritic symbols) and can you read simple texts in Arabic about a topic that is familiar to you? In this course you will continue to develop your Egyptian-Arabic skills, so that you can grow from a basic user (A1) into an independent user (A2). You’ll dive deeper into Egyptian-Arabic grammar and learn how to use the past tense of the verb. At the same time you will expand your vocabulary so that you can make restaurant reservations by phone and use calendar dates. During the course you will mostly use Arabic script.
The course is very practical in nature and active participation is encouraged and required of you. While you practice all your language skills during class, special emphasis is put on developing your communication and interaction skills to deal with real-life situations.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Talk about events that took place in the past
Use higher Arabic numbers (100+) and dates
Use a solid basic vocabulary of around 1000 words
Write and read a short text in Arabic on a topic that is familiar to you
Homework consists of different assignments to practice all four skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading). On average, you spend around 3 hours per week on homework.
This course covers chapter 12-15 of ‘Colloquial Arabic of Egypt’.
Your textbook for colloquial Egyptian Arabic.
Optional purchase for practicing the alphabet