What is Gulf Arabic?

Gulf Arabic (also called Khaleeji) is the Arabic language variant spoken by the locals of the United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, etc.), Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, parts of eastern Saudi Arabia, most of Southern Iraq and, to a lesser extent, Oman.

Why learn Gulf Arabic?

It is the mother tongue of Gulf Arabs and a prestige dialect. It is used in day-to-day interactions, in business, in TV/radio talk shows, movies and music.

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GulfArabic.com is the #1 Gulf Arabic comprehensive e-learning course. You get loads of everyday and business-related vocabulary and all the grammar you need to start expressing your thoughts by forming your own sentences. There's audio for every Arabic word or sentence, as well as quizzes to test your knowledge.

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Tips on learning Arabic

Setting out to learn Arabic as spoken in the Gulf countries, may evoke memories of past attempts at learning a foreign language, be it in high school or college, with all the ensuing tedious memorization of words, and phrases, and grammar rules. This coupled with the notion that Arabic is a very difficult language won't do you any good in your progress with this beginners' course. For many, it appears that the results of studying a foreign language are not worth all the effort, and they soon abandon their dream of becoming more proficient.

Gulf Arab receiving guests, pouring coffee from a dallah potIt is very important to know how to go about studying a language, especially one that is quite different from English (or any other European language), such as Arabic. Every student has a different way of learning just as different professors have different ways of teaching. Nevertheless, there are a few rules of thumb one has to keep in mind when setting out to learn Arabic:

bullet point Create a routine. Spend some time on this course at a set hour of the day.

bullet point You shouldn't worry too much about making mistakes. Just accept that the goal of learning Arabic includes making mistakes. The ones who never make mistakes, never try to do anything, and that in itself is quite a mistake. It's normal to make mistakes while you are practicing your growing knowledge of the language. Have in mind that most Arabs will be very pleased with your attempts to speak their language.

bullet point It is of added benefit to you if read up on the Arab people, the Arab culture and history. The more you get to know the culture, the more your interest will be aroused and the more motivation you will have to proceed with the Gulf Arabic course.

bullet point It is better to study for brief periods of time and more frequently than for long and not often. Persistence pays off.

bullet point Studying lists of words and phrases is usually not the most favorite language activity. However, there is no learning without memorization. You have to learn those words by heart. There is a wonderful method you can employ in order to facilitate the memorization process. For every new spoken Arabic phrase that you want to learn think of a ridiculous image that would make you recall the phrases. The trick is to always think of funny images to help you learn. Emotions will help you more than pure logic.

bullet point Practice mentally. Think of the Arabic words and phrases for naming common objects you encounter in your daily life. When you're walking on the street, for instance, think sayyaara when you see a car, fundug when you see a hotel, naas for people, rayyaal for a man, Hurma for a woman, ta'miin or biima for insurance when you see a car insurance company for example, etc. Just put the words and phrases you're studying to mental practice; this will enormously help you to learn faster.