About Modern Standard Arabic:
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), also known as Standard Arabic or Literary Arabic, is the variety of Arabic used in writing and in formal speech.
MSA is spoken by an estimated 300 million people worldwide.
It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
Modern Standard Arabic is the official language of all Arab countries and is the only form of Arabic taught in schools at all levels. Because of this, MSA is the lingua franca of all educated Arabic speakers, regardless of nationality or spoken native dialect.
Can learning another language be as easy as learning your own? Yes, with Pimsleur® it's that easy. Learn on your own time, at your own pace, and wherever you choose. Modern Standard Arabic Level 2 includes 16 hours of spoken language practice plus 80 minutes of reading instruction and is designed to be used after completing Level 1.
In the first 10 lessons of Level 2, you begin to use the past tense. Structures become more complex, and informal speech is introduced. Conversations become fuller, and you learn to discuss business and social activities. As you progress, vocabulary is expanded, and fluency increases.
The next 10 lessons of Level 2 allow you to further combine and build upon known elements and produce longer and more complex sentences.
In the final 10 lessons of Level 2, you've doubled your vocabulary and have several hundred structures to draw upon. Reading lessons are included after Lesson 30. These lessons, which total about 80 minutes, give you practice reading Arabic and provide you with insight into Arab culture, common expressions, and a broad look at things you'll see when visiting an Arabic-speaking country. A reading booklet to be used with the audio reading lessons is included. Also included is a user's guide.
"Pimsleur® programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur® gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." (AudioFile magazine)
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