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How’s Your English?

Are you a non-native English speaker? If so, have you considered how your level of English will affect your studies of the Arabic language? Here are a number of reasons why your proficiency in English will affect your Arabic studies: A good portion of your classmates at Kelsey may be native English speakers, so communicating […]

Two Full Years?

“It doesn’t really take two full years to learn Arabic, does it? How long did it take you to get fluent?” “My dad got fluent in French in like 10 months… so is Arabic gonna take longer than that?!?!” “I only get to study at KAP for 2 or 3 semesters at the most. Is […]

Do I need to take the Arabic ACTFL?

First of all, do you really know what the ACTFL is? Well…it’s an acronym, right? So, ACTFL stands for “American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages”. Basically it’s a standardized way to assess your oral or written proficiency in a foreign language. The ACTFL is offered for dozens of languages around the world, and there are certified testers […]

MSA or Amiyya?

So which Arabic is the right Arabic to study? MSA or Amiyya? Today MSA is the most widely taught form of Arabic in the world…yet it is rarely used in real conversations with Arabs. At the same time, Amiyya in its various forms is used primarily in verbal communication…yet is it enough to learn by […]

Have you considered teaching experience?

With so many Arabic schools in Amman, how can you decide where to study? Looking at the options you might notice that some schools want you to focus on their facilities, saying that your personal comfort will definitely impact your ability to learn Arabic. But you want to learn a language, right? So are cushy […]

We’re Number One!!

Well, so to speak.  Arabic is one of the languages at the top of the list of difficulty in learning, at least for English speakers.  It’s pretty tough for speakers of other languages too.    Read on… Nevertheless, the Kelsey Arabic Program has assisted hundreds of people in learning to speak, understand, read and write Arabic.  […]

Arabic Dialects

It’s rather well-known that the Arabic language has a number of different dialects.  We often hear the question, “If I learn the Jordanian/Palestinian dialect and then move to a different Arabic-speaking country, will the people be able to understand me?”  This post, written by friends and former Kelsey students, can help one to understand the […]