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Where do We Learn Arabic?

Where do We Learn Arabic?
Sukanya Seshadri

How many non-Arab expatriates speak Arabic in Qatar? The answer is most likely to be a negligible percentage. Just under half of the population are non-Arab expatriates. Since English is the language of business, and there is no pressing need to know Arabic to survive here, not many take the initiative. Expatriates outnumber the citizens, it isn’t surprising that English and other languages precede Arabic in usage.

Even if it weren’t a need, learning the language would make the Qatar experience an even more interesting one.

There’s no better way to make friends with the host. A few Arabic phrases itself go a long way in breaking the ice.

Here are a few centres in Qatar that offer Arabic language courses, some can be tailored to your requirement and others with fixed schedules.

1. Qatar University – College of the Arts and Sciences

The College of the Arts and Sciences at Qatar University offers a yearlong course for non-native speakers of Arabic through the Arabic for Non-Native Speakers program. The program is open to non-native speakers enrolled in Qatar University with study grants who must develop proficiency in Arabic before they can pick a program or college of their choice.

The university offers levels of Arabic study: Beginners 1 & 2, Intermediate 1 & 2 and Advanced 1 & 2. Courses focus on reading, writing, listening comprehension and speaking along with appreciation of language patterns. Intermediate and Advanced level students can also avail of courses such as Media Arabic, Modern Arabic Literature and Classic Arabic Literature.

In order to be eligible to enroll in the program, prospective students need to be between 18 and 40 years old. For further eligibility requirements and other information, visit the Qatar University Arabic for Non-Native Speakers website.

2. Translation and Interpreting Institute (Hamad Bin Khalifa University)

The Translation and Interpreting Institute at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University offers two levels of communicative Arabic language instruction. One of them is an intensive program and the other is a thirteen-week semester course, which offers two levels of Arabic for beginners. Intermediate courses have been planned for the Fall 2013 semester. Read about the curriculum of each course here.

In addition, TII also offers three levels of an Intensive Arabic Program. Prospective students must take a placement exam before they enroll in a program. To contact the test administrator to sign up for a placement test, you can email the Arabic Coordinator.

The course fee schedule is available here.

For more information on the program, visit the TII homepage.

3. Fanar (Qatar Islamic Cultural Center)

Fanar’s Arabic language offerings comprise of spoken Arabic classes and classes for levels 1 through 5 for men and ladies separately.

Each course runs for two and half months and is held twice a week. Both morning and evening classes are offered. The spoken language course is a personalized course that familiarizes students with Arabic used in daily communications such as greetings, numbers, phrases andnumbers. Levels 1 through 5 focus on reading, written and spoken Arabic including grammar and literature.

Two morning sessions are offered to accommodate women. The course fee is QR300. All you need to sign up for classes are your Qatar ID card and two passport-size photos. For enrolment, men can contact 44250175 and ladies can call 44250173/289 or email info@fanar.gov.qa. Visit the Fanar Education Center website for more information.

4. Maryam Ibnata Imraan Center

The Maryam Center offers Arabic languages mainly for Muslim women and girls. The course here is divided into four levels. Each level is one year long and is priced at QR500 per year. Quranic Arabic, grammar as well as spoken and written Arabic are what the center focuses its instruction on. Classes are twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays.

For more information, call the center at 44505301 or 55291785 or email markazmaryam@gmail.com

5. Berlitz Language Center

The Berlitz Center offers spoken Arabic courses split into ten levels. Classes for each level are held twice a week in the evenings from 6pm to 7.30pm or 7.30pm to 9pm and run for three months per level. Each class accommodates between four and eight students. The fee for regular courses is QR3,400 and for intensive private courses is QR7,000. For more information, visit the Berlitz Qatar website.

You can also teach yourself Arabic by listening to our periodic ‘Say it in Arabic’ column where we present different words and phrases by native speakers.

 

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Comments

  1. there is a nice online learning site called
    http://www.earabiclearning.com/

  2. You can find more information & location map on Maryam Center, Doha here :
    http://www.dohaislam.com/maryam-center

  3. Anna

    Hi, do you know where I can find a private Arabic tutor for an English-speaking US expat? Thank you!

    • Fa Ahmad

      learn to speak Arabic with Fa Ahmad in a few days.
      call: 974 7050 9626

    • I had atrial class with”learnarabicwithhope@gmail.com” Ms.Amal is cheerful and finds new ways to present both complex and tedious concepts.her patience and cheerful manner during online speaking classes is truly commendable. I have learnt a lot from her, and look forward to continue studying with her:)

    • Eman

      I don’t know if u still interested in learning Arabic or even if u still in Qatar 🙂 as ur post is long time ago, but anyway u r welcomed in my private classes any time, I am a female Egyptian Arabic with 15 years experience in teaching Arabic for non native speakers, last place I worked in was American University in Cairo as part time instructor and I had my university degree in Arabic and English studies.
      feel free to contact me anytime @ 0097430345695 or eman.zahran@gmail.com

      • Irshaad

        Hi,

        I want to learn arabic from the scratch, I’m working here in Doha, Could you please let me know more details

    • Rami

      You can contact me 55884124

  4. Anna

    I’m interested in learning Arabic and I was thinking on going either Dubai or Doha for 5 weeks intensive course. I found completly different range prices looking for specific intensive programs. Any advice?
    thank you!

  5. Learn Arabic at Doha with Kochi Arabic institute on short time and less fees.
    https://www.facebook.com/Kochiarabicinstitute

  6. we have excellent training centre in Qatar for spoken arabic for professionals http://www.facebook.com/asalarabic or http://www.petrogold.webs.com or call 66172952

    • Rose

      Hi I want to learn spoken. I went to Fanar but more to reading n writing. Your centre focus on spoken only?
      I aldry know basic spoken. Can u help?

  7. sir I am noorudheen Indian iam in Qatar with visit visa fortunately
    I got job at uae aboodhabi in hypermarket ,as post of indoor sales man
    mostly of custommers will be Arabic
    so please help me
    15 days will be in qatar
    33940262

  8. Elizaphan kiarie

    Hi,thank you so much for the information.i have been wondering how I can learn the Arabic culture and language,looking forward to learn more
    thank you in advance

  9. Hitesh

    I am at Doha, working with hospitality industry, my many guests to whom we cater are Arabic,
    Wish to learn Arabic, had tried to get in touch with one of the institute did not responded.

  10. Megan

    I have been taking Skype lessons with a teacher in Egypt and she is amazing. Knowing that someone is waiting for you online makes it really hard to cut classes too. She is wonderful and the time flies in her sessions. Her name is Amal.
    She can teach specially prepared syllabuses to all ages (kids, teenage, adult), levels (basic, intermediate, advanced) and courses (MSA, Quranic Arabic, Egyptian Colloquial, Media Arabic, kid’s stories).

    The prices are as follows:
    • 4 hours per month will be for a total of ($40), ($10 per hour).
    • 8 hours per month will be for a total of ($64), ($8 per hour).
    • 12 hours for month will be for a total of ($84), ($7 per hour).
    Trial lesson/ first lesson is free!

    Amal’s e-mail is
    learnarabicwithhope@gmail.com

  11. Ummkhdija

    Thank you sisters ,I had atrial class with”learnarabicwithhope@gmail.com”,I can’t tell you how she has given me the encouragement to allow myself the possibility of thinking that there might be a future for me outside of school:),she has astrong interpersonal skills mashallah.

  12. Shady

    Hello everyone .. my name is Shady from saudi arabia and i can help anyone wants to learn my native .. just add me on a1990a10@gmail.com

    • MOHAMMED AZEEM

      Assalamalekum .

      My Self Mohammed Azeem from india and i am currently working in Qatar with a construction company i am in to Sales development ,I want to learn Arabic language Specially Speaking If you could help me i will be very much thankful for you below is my mobile number is written you can call me at your convenient time.

      Thanks and Regards

      Mohammed Azeem
      97466636012

  13. Sami

    Hi! lm from sweden, and l really wanna learn arabic
    in qatar how can l do this?

  14. Zahir Abbas Shaikh

    Assalmualykum,

    I am Zahir from India. Currently living in Qatar for 6 months. i am in to Finance department in company. I want to learn Arabic language Specially Speaking If you could help me i will be very much thankful for you below is my mobile number is written you can call me at your convenient time.

    Thanks and Regards

    Zahir Shaikh
    97477851641

  15. Mirka

    Hello.
    I work in Doha more than one year and I decided its time for learning arabic language. I need to speak and have conversation more than gramma and read. Can someone help me please? Thank you very much.

  16. Ms

    Currently Working As Arabic teacher in doha .ready for home tuition
    Send a mail to merumely@gmail.com

  17. Syeda

    Want to learn arabic near wakra

    • Meimuna

      i can help you with that syeda if you want without any price

  18. Rami

    Hi
    I am Rami and I have teaching Arabic for non Arabic speakers for couple years, I am working based on a curriculum
    Feel free to call me on 55884124

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