What if I want to learn a particular dialect?
The Maliha Wehbe method
teaches you Arabic that would allow you to be understood in different
parts of the Arab word and the method helps you understand and be
aware of other accents.
2. Will my husband/in-laws/colleagues
be able to understand me?
Of course they will
the Arabic taught through the Maliha Wehbe method is a simplified
Modern Standard Arabic without the Harakaat. It is an Arabic that
is understood throughout the Arab world. The vocabulary and topic
covered in our programme are relevant to every day tasks and communications.
3. How long/how many levels until
I can become a fluent speaker?
Arabic is one of the
richest languages in the world although it is logical and systematic
it is not an easy language to learn. Having said that it depends
on the individual we have delegates who use the language all the
time and insist on speaking it every where they go and so they become
fluent at an early level with the vocabulary they have and others
reach advanced levels and still refuse to speak.
Our method is based on the oral communication and the delegates
are forced to speak Arabic in class all the time but if that is
not translated into their every day life then it will take them
longer to acquire fluency.
4. What if I already know some Arabic?
If a delegate already
knows some Arabic and assessment is scheduled with one of our senior
instructors who advises him what level to join and what is the best
course of action for him to pursue his Arabic studies public tuition
, private tuition or a combination of the two.
5. I only want conversational Arabic
– What then?
The Maliha Wehbe method
is based on learning the script. Maliha was a believer that in order
to really learn Arabic you must read and write it because you must
know the letters to understand the 3 letter root and if you understand
the 3 letter root you will understand the concept of verb Forms
and will be able to utilize the beauty of it being a Semitic language
and how all words related to studying will share the same root.
6. How quickly will I be able to
Very quickly within
the first hour of class you will cover 10 oral transactions, you
will be able to greet someone and reply ,give your name and ask
them for theirs, say nice to meet you and reply, ask how are you
and reply, and ask them if they would like a coffee and reply.
7. Can I attend classes just once
It is usually not
possible unless, it is a redo or you are joining a group that is
at a lower level than yourself.
8. I can read Arabic and write Arabic,
will I still need to join Beginners I?
Yes, because even
if you read and write Arabic there is a lot of vocabulary and grammar
that is covered in the beginners I course that you need to cover
before joining Beginners II.
9. Can you come to my house and
Unfortunately we do
not send teachers to individual homes, students have to come to
the ALC for private tuition and we do offer In-house courses to
10. Can I choose the nationality
of my teacher?
All our teachers
are Mid Eastern Arabs from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.
We would definitely try and accommodate you with your choice of
nationality if the teachers schedule permits.