Frequently asked questions
QUALITY

What kind of Arabic do you teach?

We teach Standard Arabic which you can use to understand and speak classical and Qur’anic Arabic as well as Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). You can use MSA to conduct business, read the news, listen to it and speak in formal and informal settings.

What is colloquial Arabic and do you teach it?

We do not currently teach colloquial Arabic. We strongly recommend that you learn Standard Arabic before embarking on learning any of the colloquial dialects. Here’s why:

 

There are four main colloquial Arabic dialects: Egyptian, Gulf, Levantine (spoken in Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Syria) and Hassaniya (spoken in Mauritania, southern Morocco, south western Algeria, Western Sahara).

 

We focus in Standard Arabic because it is common to all Arabs and Arabic written materials, both classical and modern. If you speak Standard Arabic, people everywhere will understand what you are saying as this is the Arabic that they regularly hear on the news. We recommend that you learn Standard Arabic before embarking on learning any of the colloquial dialects. You would not set out to learn how to speak like a London Cockney before learning Standard English would you?

How does your Arabic program compare to a short course delivered by a University?

Many of our students who have attended short courses at British universities have told us that our program is better than the university short courses. They have learned more in a shorter space of time. This makes our course both better value in terms of quality and better value in terms of price.

 

Several universities have also recommended their students to study Arabica before they attend the university masters programs in Quranic and Islamic studies.

 

Our advantage is that we specialise in short courses and know how to deliver them to busy people. Unlike university teachers, our teachers are not distracted by research and academic pressures which means that they focus just on you.

How qualified are your teachers?

Most of our teachers are home grown. We pick out the most promising Arabica students and train them to become Arabica teachers. The teachers who will teach you have been through the same journey that you went through so they know exactly how to take you to where they are.

Will I really be able to understand and speak Arabic after just 10 lessons?

We have an exceptional program and the success of our previous students is evidence of that. If you are not sure, we welcome you to take a free lesson.

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FEES & FINANCE

What are your fees?

Apart from our outstanding content, quality and learning experience, we are extremely competitive on price – especially when it comes to Arabic short courses.

Standard University
Short Course
£350
  • vs.
Arabica
Institute
£199
  • Arabica Text Book
  • Arabica Vocab Pack
  • Arabica Homework Book
  • 20hrs of classroom teaching
  • Extra support - optional at £5/session

What am I paying for?

Our focus is on offering outstanding value so if you’re looking for cheap, we’re not the cheapest Arabic course available. You get what you pay for and this is all the more true when it comes to Arabic. A lot of our students who have previously done cheaper Arabic courses notice the difference immediately.

 

We employ the best and brightest Arabic teachers and focus on training, research and on continuous development. If you’re serious about Arabic results and want quality content and quality teaching, then you’re in the right place. Have a look at the value we offer and experience it yourself by taking a free lesson.

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Can I pay in instalments?

This option is currently unavailableI.

Can I get a discount?

We do not have a discount policy because we believe that our course is of outstanding value and we have priced it to make it affordable. You will find that for the quality of the experience and the learning outcomes, our prices are very competitive compared to university short courses which are significantly more expensive and often give you less. We do sometimes have special offers which you can take advantage of. If you would like to be notified of special offers, please join our mailing list.

What's your refund policy?

We offer a refund policy that is fair and equitable. Upon enrolling in a course you enter a legal contract in which you agree to abide by the conditions of enrolment, including meeting stated payments, in exchange for the course. If you wish to cancel your enrolment, you can do so in writing within 7 working days of enrolment and we will give you a refund – less postage and printing cost where applicable, plus an administration fee of 10% of the course fee. However, our refund policy does not apply if you enrol or wish to cancel with less than seven working days left before the beginning of the course. In circumstances in which our refund policy does not apply, at our discretion we may give you the option to change your course to another without incurring additional charges.

THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

I heard learning Arabic is tough, can I hack it?

Learning Arabic can be easy or difficult depending on how it’s taught. We have a very special method that makes it much easier even for busy people. Why don’t you try a free lesson?

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How should I prepare for the course?

The best thing you can do before the course begins is to start learning the vocabulary that will be taught on the course. There are some things that require regular time input and can’t be crammed just before the exam. One of those things is vocabulary. You can learn as much grammar and syntax as you like but if you have not mastered your vocabulary, you can’t speak or write Arabic! In our experience, those who get ahead with vocabulary succeed. Not learning vocabulary is statistically the major cause of failure. So if you were to ask us what you should prioritise before the course begins, we would say Vocabulary! Vocabulary! Vocabulary!

How much time do I need to commit?

Between lessons you will have to do several things:

  1. Learn new vocabulary
  2. Read through the chapter you were taught in the last lesson
  3. Complete the homework exercises based on the last chapter
  4. Revise all your previous vocabulary to keep on top of it

The most important thing to keep on top of is the vocabulary. If you spend most of your time learning the vocabulary well, you will be able to complete the homework exercises much faster and you will learn a lot more. Never short-cut on vocabulary!

Is distant learning and on-line Arabic worth it?

Yes and no. The advantage of a physical classroom is that you have the physical presence of a teacher and other students. This is always better than a virtual experience. However, if you don’t have an Arabica course in your town or you are not able to travel, then an online course may be the best option for you.

What if I miss a lesson?

We have a dedicated service for just that. It’s called Arabic Extra. This gives a video recording of the lesson you missed which you can watch in your own time. You also get an additional 1.5 hour online class with a live teacher where you revise and consolidate, work on vocabulary and get extra exercises with answers. Find out more about Arabic Extra.

What if I can't find a course that I'm looking for?

Our principal hubs for teaching Arabic are Central London, Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham. If you would like us to set up a course in your area, talk to us.

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