Can We Really Have You Speaking Egyptian Arabic in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Arabic conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Egyptian Arabic.
Spoken Arabic consists of several mutually intelligible regional dialects which include Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Saudi Arabic, North African Arabic, and Egyptian Arabic, amongst others. Egyptian Arabic has gained popularity throughout the Arab-speaking world because of its use in popular films and music. This Cairene dialect is taught in the Pimsleur Approach Egyptian Arabic course.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Egyptian Arabic the way the Egyptians do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Egyptian Arabic
The changes that have taken place in Egypt over the last few years have put the country on a path toward more openness and freedom. Thus, the need for people who speak Egyptian Arabic is on the rise.
As more of Egypt opens up to the rest of the world, and looks for change, the need to communicate with the Egyptian people is at an all-time high. Government agencies and companies that do business in Egypt place high value on bilingual employees who are proficient in Egyptian Arabic.
Egypt also has one of the richest histories in the world, and a collection of artifacts and sites of archaeological importance that is unmatched in the modern world. To one day be able to travel to Egypt and experience the Pyramid of Giza first-hand is reason enough to begin learning Egyptian Arabic.
Conversational Arabic vs. Academic Arabic
Learning Egyptian Arabic from textbooks can be extremely difficult for those who don't already speak it as a native language. Egyptian Arabic, like all other Arabic dialects, does not use the Roman alphabet, but a system of symbols that can be impossible to decipher without weeks or months of instruction. The fact that it's also written from right to left adds a level of difficulty not presented by other non-Semitic languages.
With the Pimsleur Approach, there's no need to decipher symbols, or worry about reading or writing in the correct direction. You'll learn Egyptian Arabic quickly and easily by just listening and repeating with our audio lessons. Thanks to the instructors who are all native speakers, you'll hear the correct pronunciations, and will be able to converse without having to learn an entirely new alphabet, and rewire your brain to read in the opposite direction. You'll quickly learn such phrases as "My name is…," "Where is the…," "I would like…," and many more that come in handy in everyday conversation.
A Logical Way to Learn Egyptian Arabic
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
Since Egyptian Arabic doesn't use the Roman alphabet, learning by listening allows you to pick up the language much more quickly than if you had to learn an entirely new alphabet and phonetic system before you could even begin speaking.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Egyptian Arabic words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
Egyptian Arabic Facts
Egyptian Arabic, like all other Semitic languages, is written from right to left. Therefore, it is also read from right to left. This can make it difficult for many people to learn to read and write Egyptian Arabic as a second language.
Approximately 54 million people speak Egyptian Arabic. However, nearly 80 million people live in Egypt. Many of them speak Arabic dialects other than Egyptian Arabic such as Maghrebi Arabic.
Egyptian Arabic is one of the most popular forms of Arabic in the Middle East. This is because Egyptian television and films are very popular, and widely distributed throughout the region.