What is Modern Standard Arabic?

Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), also called Al-’Arabiyya, Al-Fusha, and Literary Arabic, is the modern standard language based on Classical Arabic, the language of the Qur’an and early Islamic literature. MSA is quite uniform throughout the Arab world and serves as a lingua franca for speakers of various spoken dialects some of which are not mutually comprehensible.

The exact number of people who speak MSA is extremely difficult to estimate for a number of reasons. First, it is learned not as a first language, but as a second language in school and through exposure to radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and religion. Second, the skill levels in MSA vary widely. Educated people tend to be highly proficient in speaking and writing in MSA, in addition to speaking their local Arabic varieties. Among the rest of the population, the level of proficiency in MSA varies considerably.

Modern Standard Arabic is one of the official six languages of the United Nations. It is the official or co-official language of Saudi, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain,  Iraq, Algeria, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian West Bank and Gaza, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Mauritania and Yemen etc. It is used in formal speaking situations such as sermons, lectures, news broadcasts, and speeches, and in all formal writing such as official correspondence, literature and newspapers.

How to learn Standard Arabic quickly?

  • Make sure that you want to learn Modern Standard Arabic and prepare well for this new step, and set aside specific hours of the day for training and stick to them.
  • In the beginning, set aside a good amount of time to revise what has been taught in the class. In order to get used to hearing the Arabic consonants, focus and pay attention to how the letters are pronounced and the manner of speaking.
  • During free time, try to revise the previous lessons as much as possible as next lessons are very closely related to each other. The more time you spend on revisions, the higher chances are of learning Arabic quickly.
  • Watch films or soap operas, where the actors speak classical or standard Arabic, so this watching makes you enjoy what you learn, and know how to pronounce the sound and how to speak and express in the body language at the same time.
  • Make the Arabic language your friend in your spare time, try to stand in front of the mirror and prepare a speech and give it, this will benefit you in learning the language fluently and give you experiences to improve your way of speaking and rhetoric, it is a good opportunity to know the strengths and weaknesses of your language and your delivery.
  • Buy a set of funny stories and magazines, read them aloud and with good expressions, and try to use the correct expressions on your face and body, this harmony helps to make speech in Arabic issued spontaneously in the coming times, without confusion, fear and anxiety, and it is also good for you to read stories to children and try to read everything out loud, such as your daily newspaper, your scientific or study books, and with time, you will find that you have acquired many additional words and formulated your eloquent sentence on your own.
  • Try to play special roles in you after you master the roles of others, so you can visualize simple scenes and represent them, and share with your brothers or friends these moments, among them is a great benefit and pleasure in spending a beautiful time, and do not hold back if someone mocked speaking Arabic, with time he will get used to this and from He may also like your participation. After all this good practice of the language, you will find yourself speaking Arabic fluently, without thinking ahead of what you are going to say.