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Arabic language classes picking up

21 Dec 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – To celebrate the World Arabic Language Day, which falls on December 18, Muscat Daily met an Omani national who set up an institute to teach Arabic language to non-native speakers.

Nasser al Jabri, founder of Arabia Experience Institute, said, “ We teach Arabic and the Gulf dialect to non-native speakers at the Arabia Experience Institute. We welcome everyone interested in learning Arabic language, customs, traditions and culture of the Gulf. We are proud of our excellence in teaching the Omani dialect, customs and traditions, and we have many programmes. Many foreigners have come to the sultanate to learn Arabic.

“We opened the institute on November 18, 2015. I got the inspiration from the Late His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who cared a lot about the Arabic language, supported and encouraged us to master it and speak it. I follow his example.

“At the institute, Omani dialect is taught individually and in groups, too. Our students also get the opportunity to experience the language and culture outside the school. We offer accommodation with Omani families and while learning the language, students also get to enjoy Arabic and Omani food during their home stay.

“Initially, I faced many challenges in setting up the institution and I overcame these gradually. But I’m still facing difficulties in attracting students to live with Omani families.”

Semitic language

Anetta Szabo, one of the foreign students studying at the institute, said, “A language is like a mountain, that you can’t move in a day. But you can move it slowly, day by day with a spoon. When I started studying Arabic at Arabia Experience Institute, I told myself: Even if it takes ten years, in ten years, looking back I won’t regret that I have started it. I will say it was worth it.”

Anetta added, “Arabic is a Semitic language. It’s very different from other languages, it seems to have evolved from Indo-European languages – English, French… etc. So first it is very difficult because it is so different from the languages most Europeans study in schools but later one realises that the spoken Arabic has very little grammatical rules and it is not so difficult if you study in Arabia Experience Institute in Oman.

“Language learning takes courage because you regularly put yourself into situations that are uncomfortable. You need to practise the little you know and use the broken language you have. But with continuous practice you can get far. It is hard work and courage but it is a good investment; it opens doors for you in the professional world as well as making you feel more at home in another country. My Omani friends have always been helpful. They gave me a chance to learn it.”

MoE launches Al Farahidi Award for Arabic language

Muscat – The Ministry of Education (MoE) launched the Al Farahidi Award for Arabic language on Tuesday during an event held to celebrate the International Day of Arabic Language, which falls on December 18 under the slogan ‘Arabic Language and Civilizational Communication’.

The ceremony was held under the patronage of H E Dr Madiha bint Ahmed bin Nasser al Shibaniyah, Minister of Education, in the presence of H E Dr Abdullah bin Khamis Ambusaidi, Undersecretary for Education in the Ministry of Education.

The Al Farahidi Award was launched with the aim of developing students’ skills in Arabic reading, writing, literary creativity and conversation. It targets students from Grade 1 to 12.

Al Khalil Ahmad al Farahidi was an Arab philologist, lexicographer and leading grammarian.

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