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Old 03-04-2015, 09:18 AM
 
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I plan to spend time in in Egypt Palestine israel Jordan and dubai so which dialect of Arabic should I learn? Thanks!
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:41 AM
 
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The dialects in Arabic aren't wildly different - everyone is going to understand you regardless of where you are. You're likely to learn more Egyptian dialect anyway, which seems just fine.

My textbooks in college were Egyptian (the narrator on the CD had very guttural, hard Gh sounds, which is more of an Egyptian/Saudi manner of speaking) whereas my professor was from Lebanon, and they speak in a more gentler fashion). I tended to opt to speak more in line with how she spoke because it sounded nicer, but everyone will understand you regardless.
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Old 03-04-2015, 01:31 PM
 
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I plan to spend time in in Egypt Palestine israel Jordan and dubai so which dialect of Arabic should I learn? Thanks!
Levant Arabic for Egypt, Palestine, Israel, Jordan. You can get by with English in UAE.
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Old 03-12-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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What's Palestine? In Israel you need Hebrew but there is no such place as Palestine. Other places MSA or Egyptian Arabic.
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Old 03-12-2015, 02:03 PM
 
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What's Palestine? In Israel you need Hebrew but there is no such place as Palestine. Other places MSA or Egyptian Arabic.
I have read in places that some of the Arabic dialects are so different from each other that they are not mutually intelligible - How accurate is that claim?
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Old 03-12-2015, 02:26 PM
 
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I have read in places that some of the Arabic dialects are so different from each other that they are not mutually intelligible - How accurate is that claim?
Most Levantine dialects are mutually intelligible to an extent. Biggest difference is in Lebanon there is a lot of French thrown in and Jordanians (the natives not refugee descendants) speak a more Bedouin style dialect similar to the Arabian peninsula. In Dubai it's a Khaleeji (Arabian peninsula) dialect but Dubai is only 17% emirati the vast majority of people there are either South Asian or other Arabs and English works fine. The only places where it's essentially a different language is out in the Maghreb (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia) but most of them speak French (or Spanish in parts of Morocco as well) fluently. Egyptian Arabic is the equivalent of US English everyone understands it because most Arab movies and music come from there. Your best bet is either Egyptian or Modern Standard Arabic, MSA is what is taught in school and all literate Arabs speak it however no one speaks it natively.

In Israel you speak Hebrew or English, unless you are in PA areas in which case English or MSA. It is very disrespectful to go to Israel and speak Arabic unless someone speaks to you in it, which no one will.
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:26 PM
 
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No, you shouldn't learn any dilact, learn the correct Arabic, it's the official Arabic that you can use in any Arab country and you maybe even teach Arabic if you get a good degree at it. It's also the root of all dilacts, master it, you master all dilacts.
Also the correct Arabic sound beautiful and coherent, organised, dilact is meant as a faster and shorter way to get around in conversations, also affected by the different cultures and history specifications in each Arab country and region.
Have fun )
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