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Learn Modern Standard Arabic

This is the standard version of Arabic used all across the Arabic-speaking world in both formal writing and speech. It is based on Classical Arabic, the language of the Quran, but has been simplified for modern use. MSA is different to and not mutually understandable with the many varieties of colloquial Arabic - such as Egyptian, Lebanese and Moroccan - which are mostly spoken. Because Modern Standard Arabic stretches over such a wide area, there are regional differences in pronunciation. uTalk features Egyptian native speakers.

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Where is it spoken?

Egypt

UAE

Iraq

Algeria

Jordan

Kuwait

Lebanon

Libya

Morocco

Oman

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Sudan

Syria

Tanzania

Yemen

Chad

Comoros

Djibouti

Eritrea

Tunisia

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Afro-Asiatic

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Central Semitic

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Fun facts about Modern Standard Arabic

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Letters are written in a different way depending on whether they appear at the beginning, middle or end of a word.

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