3 Biggest Misconceptions when Learning Arabic Language

Probably you are now looking into learning the Arabic language and you don’t know where to start.

Or probably you have already begun your journey but got demotivated along the way since you realized that learning Arabic is a lot different than what you have expected.

Well, in this post I am going to show you the biggest misconceptions about learning Arabic .

Modern Standard Arabic is NOT the Spoken Arabic

Although the Modern Standard Arabic is the official Arabic language, it is not practiced by anyone.

What do I mean by that?

MSA is taught in schools, that means, every living Arab that grew up in an Arabic country, knows Modern Standard Arabic.

We wrote exams and sometimes were forced to practice it in the classroom because it is a subject that we HAD to study when we were young.

However, when the bell rings, no one spoke MSA anymore, we all switched to our native Arabic dialect.

If you are Lebanese, then you spoke Lebanese Arabic

If you are Egyptian, then you spoke Egyptian Arabic. And so on…

Therefore, no one actually speaks the MSA. It is just a language that is mandatory to learn, however not practiced on the streets.

You Don’t Need to Learn MSA while Learning Arabic

So the next big question is this: Can I learn the Spoken Arabic WITHOUT MSA?


Although the Spoken Arabic is derived from MSA, there are resources that teach the spoken Arabic dialect WITHOUT the need to learn MSA first.

If you would like to check out these resources, then feel free to check out this FREE crash course

It is a 4-step system guide for speaking Arabic like a local in 21 Arab countries.

Do I need to learn the Arabic alphabet?


There are several letters in Arabic that cannot be pronounced in English.

That is why we came up with the idea to replace these letters with numbers!

For instance, Mar7aba. The “h” is a strong “h” but cannot be written in English, so we replaced it with the number “7”

We did that with a lot of letters and numbers.

Again, if you would like to check out more information about this, then feel free to check the FREE crash course.

Till next time!

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