Arabic Lessons and Tutors in London
Arabic is spoken by over a quarter of a billion people worldwide with the Arabic alphabet and language having Semitic origins. It is the fifth most spoken language in the world and is the language of the Koran, meaning it is understood by over two billion Muslims globally. Most Arabic-speaking countries use Modern Standard Arabic. The language is at least 1,500 years old.
Arabic has no capital letters, and the words always begin with a consonant, followed by a vowel. There are 28 letters in the alphabet, and it is written and read from right to left. This can be difficult to get used to for Arabic students, but there is sixteen centuries worth of Arabic literature available to get you comfortable with reading Arabic. Interestingly, the numerical system used across most of the world (1, 2, 3) was originally Arabic. Within Arabic, there are various dialects, including Egyptian, Sudanese and Levantine. It is helpful to choose one dialect and stick with it in your Arabic studies.
Learning Arabic is highly advantageous for those who want to travel or work internationally, as Arabic is the first language of 26 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. Taking Arabic lessons will open you up to a rich variety of cultures, from places like Morocco to Dubai. If you want to conduct business in Arab-speaking countries, it is important to schedule face-to-face meetings and be respectful of others’ time. Business revolves around personal relationships and long handshakes are common.
The Arabic Language Proficiency Test (ALPT) is the global standard for measuring listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Arabic. It is held online and there must be an Arab Academy registered invigilator present. The test provides a certificate of completion for evidence of Arabic language abilities for both adults and children. Alongside this, Cambridge offers an IGCSE in Arabic as a Foreign Language.
Arabic Courses and Tuition in London
Mayfair Consultants offers fully-qualified Arabic tutors for private tuition across London. Our tutors are either native or fluent Arabic speakers who use interactive and immersive approaches, focussing on extending clients’ vocabularies while perfecting their pronunciation and writing. We also focus on Arabic culture and business etiquette. Many of our tutors use literary materials, as well as online, journalistic and other non-fiction sources, as part of their instruction tools. We work with learners of all ages and abilities, including those preparing for Arabic GCSE, A-Level and IB exams, and those acquiring the language for research, travel or business purposes.
If you would like to arrange Arabic lessons or have any questions about our courses or tuition services, please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.
Useful Arabic Language Resources
http://www.arabacademy.com/alpt/ – Arab Academy
https://www.langcen.cam.ac.uk/culp/arabic/culp-arabic.html – University of Cambridge Arabic Language
https://www.cambridgeinternational.org/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-igcse-arabic-foreign-language-0544/ – Cambridge IGCSE Arabic as a Foreign Language
https://mesaas.columbia.edu/ – Arabic at Columbia University
https://www.lang.ox.ac.uk/arabic – Arabic at Oxford University Language Centre
https://brill.com/view/db/ealo – The Encyclopaedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics Online
https://www.soas.ac.uk/library/subjects/me/web-resources/ – SOAS University of London Arabic Online Resources
https://www.soas.ac.uk/nme/languages/languages-of-the-near-middle-east-at-soas-arabic.html – SOAS University Language Centre Middle Eastern Languages
https://www.al-bab.com/arabic-language/arabic-language – Arabic Language Resources
https://sites.uni.edu/becker/arabic.html – Online Arabic Resources
https://www.arabbritishcentre.org.uk/ – The Arab British Centre
https://www.alsaqibookshop.com/ and https://www.arabicbookshop.net/ – Online Arabic Bookshops
https://www.bl.uk/collection-guides/arabic-manuscripts – British Library Arabic Manuscripts
https://www.calligraphyqalam.com/ – Arabic Calligraphy
https://asels.org/ – Arab Society of English Language Studies
https://www.caabu.org/ – The Council for Arab-British Understanding
https://awej.org/ – Arab World English Journal
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/languages/arabic-language-culture-programme – British Council Arabic Language Programme
https://inee.org/language-communities/arabic – Arabic Language Community
http://www.alecso.org/nsite/en/ – Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation
https://www.visitdubai.com/en – Dubai Tourism Authority
Arabic Lessons & Tutors