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Published November 5th 2019
The Best Things in Life are Arabian
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Ride into the Arabian sunset on an Egyptian adventure (Binarysequence / BY-SA 3.0)


Arabic, the poetic language of the Islamic Qu'ran, is the fifth most spoken language in world and the third most commonly spoken language in Australian homes.

Join over 440 million other Arabic speakers, mastering the phrases to enjoy Middle Eastern culture, science, cuisine, literature and art.

You won't need a phrasebook once you're a maestro with these top choices for Arabic language learners in Sydney.


University of Sydney: Centre for Continuing Education - Camperdown
The CCE has many compelling options, including standard courses to master Spanish and themed conversation classes.

Other Sydney universities offer language short courses but the CCE has the most comprehensive range of lessons with exciting learning outcomes. In the 101 Beginners course, you'll learn over 700 words and phrases to engage in simple Arabic conversations.

The standard courses are a series of 10 sessions of 2 to 2.5-hours, to see your progress from level 0/beginner to level 12 / Ibn Battuta status.

Handouts are provided and there are discounts to purchase the prescribed textbooks and audio aids. Courses start at each semester on weekday evenings or Saturday afternoon. Fast-track options and longer session times are available.

Enrol at CCE.


Sydney Community College - York St, Sydney
The SCC has an Arabic Beginners course on Tuesday evenings for 2.5 hours, delivered over 8 weeks. You'll be tutored in Modern Standard Arabic, learning to read Arabic texts, use the alphabet, chat with Arabic speakers and understand the basics of Arabic culture, geography and history.

Enrol at SCC.


Language Trainers - throughout Sydney
Take the free online Arabic language test or a trial Skype lesson, before learning the lingo at a time and place of your choosing, with worksheets and guides provided.

Managed by Cambridge-qualified directors with decades of experience in language tutoring, LT carefully selects tutors to help you master Arabic.

You'll progress through the basics, with greetings, numbers and travel queries, to the tricky techniques of the reading and writing in the elegant Arabic script and the regional dialects.

As the lessons are all one-on-one, the content is highly customised, with pricing dependent on your aims and instructor preference.

Enrol at Language Trainers.


WEA - Sydney CBD
The Workers Educational Association has a beginners course on Friday afternoons where you'll learn business, travel and everyday Arabic language.one of the best selections of Arabic language courses at a non-profit community college.

The non-profit community college also has a consolidation course to continue your Arabic studies.

Prices start at $248 for 9 x 2hr sessions. Your teacher, Nahla O'Waisha, has tutored Arabic to children and adults in Australia and Syria.

Enrol at WEA.

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Uni of NSW - Kensington
To prepare for your Middle East holiday, start with the Uni's Beginners Level 1. You'll learn greetings and friendly daily conversation, and the nationalities and geography of the Arab world.

As you fall in love with Arabian culture, continue with the level B course, learning the language of courtship and romance, and work and business.

The 6 levels of elementary, intermediate and advanced training will give you confidence in social and business interactions. Book accommodation, order cuisine, shop, try traditional hobbies, discuss news and current affairs, and discuss the wonder of tourist landmarks.

If you're serious about Arabic, it can be part of your undergraduate degree at the University of NSW.

Enrol at the University of NSW.


Lebanese Arabic School - Auburn
In Western Sydney, primary school students can achieve elementary Arabic mastery with courses for on Friday evening and Saturday.

Students will learn to read and write Arabic, engage in conversation and apply correct grammar. The lessons are fun and engaging, using story writing and scripture study to captivate our youngest language learners.

Students receive a monthly progress report, and test their skills in mid-year and end of year exams. Enrol at The Lebanese Arabic School.


Sydney Language Solutions - Pitt St, Sydney
SLS has a down-to-earth atmosphere for enjoyable language learning. Your tutors are university graduates with experience living and teaching in the Middle East. They'll keep you focused and motivated with their encouragement and fun teaching style.

The 8-week Beginner Level 1 course starts with an intro to Arabic, progressing to greetings, time, restaurant and hotel scenarios, navigation, shopping and weather. Level 2 continues with 20 hours of tuition to build your vocabulary and confidence.

The course fee includes study materials, online resources and access to the SLS library. A bonus Korean cooking workshop is included.

If you need a custom lesson, sign up for a Skype session or a one-on-one tutorial.

Enrol at Sydney Language Solutions.


Parramatta Community College
The College has a stage 1 course of 8 x 2-hour sessions at Arthur Phillip High School.

The course costs $260, tutored by Alex Jeffares. Alex has trained at the University of Melbourne and the Sultan Qaboos College in Oman, receiving a high distinction for his teaching Arabic.

Enrol at PCC.

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Listen and Learn - throughout Sydney
Listen and Learn differ from the conventional classroom group lessons, providing one-on-one Arabic tutoring based on your needs, time and place preference and current skill level, with prices starting at around $55/hour.

The tutor can provide the lesson in your home or office, with either general-purpose conversational Arabic for social or travel goals or business-level language, to hone the techniques to wow prospective employers, investors or corporate clients.

If you're learning with a friend or a corporate group, one-to-many lessons can be arranged, with L&L's client list including the Department of Education.

If you prefer to learn via a webcam, Skype sessions are available, with prices starting at approx. $35/hour. Get started with a free 15-minute online test.

Enrol at Listen and Learn.


Throughout Sydney Local Libraries
Most local libraries have an excellent language learning section, including books, CDs, DVDs and audiobooks. Use the resources for self-study courses at home at your own pace.

Membership to your library is free, simply provide a form of identification and you can begin borrowing these resources to speak Arabic.

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Order a delicious Egyptian feast of Kushari (Dina Said / BY-SA 4.0)


Where do you savour sweet baklava or spicy falafel as you learn to speak Arabic? We'd love to hear your comments.




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