Arabic varies greatly, depending on which of the 22 countries you're living in or visiting. When Arabs from different regions talk to each other, they use a mixture of the language, usually Egyptian Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and often some of their own dialects.
Classic Arabic or CA as it is sometimes referred to, is the language of the Qur'an, the Holy Book of Islam, and of Arab poetry as well as literature. Both MSA and CA are identical except that both modified to fit modern needs, supplemented with new expressions (for film) and incorporated into casual, everyday speech. Arabic is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and the literary standard across the Middle East and North Africa - most books, newspapers, magazines, official documents and reading primers for small children are all written in MSA. Even Arabic speakers can't differentiate between MSA and CA and rarely will you find someone who speaks either of them all the time. Despite this, everybody in the Arab world understands MSA, because they were taught it in traditional schools.
All through Kuwait's long history, the Arabic language has been influenced by other societies and their languages. In Kuwait, the dialects spoken in urban areas are very different from those in rural areas. However, most Kuwaitis now speak an Arabic dialect known as Gulf Arabic. This dialect is also known by the name Khaliji in Kuwait and by the names Al Hasaa and Khamseh in other countries. It's comparable to Classic Arabic.
English is widely spoken and understood in Kuwait.
Those moving to Kuwait for work might be offered language courses in Arabic although, most foreign companies operating in Kuwait use English. There are several language schools in Kuwait. Each of them offer a variety of courses, some short and intensive, to evening courses for people with more time. They differ in price and style.
The British Institute for Vocational Training or BIVT is the premiere institute for vocational in Kuwait.
Established in 2007, BIVT is part of the British International group of companies?which includes the British School of Kuwait (BSK), The Sunshine Kindergarten (TSK), The British Academy? of Sport (BAS) and The British Academy of International Arts (BAIA). Presently, BIVT offers a wide range of? training solutions, in the form of courses, to enhance an individual's skills, helping them gain a step ahead in their chosen?career.
BIVT is a learner centred provider of accredited and industry appropriate qualifications. All courses are designed to meet the aspirations and needs of those wishing to further their vocational training. BIVT is partnered alongside many recognizable institutions such as City &? Guilds, Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), English Testing Services (ETS), as well as BTEC. BIVT offers over 100 courses which are internationally recognised, with applicable credits toward a higher degree.
BIVT offers language courses in English (beginner, intermediate and advance - business English and conversational English), Arabic, German and French. Courses are taught by highly qualified instructors, with many being native speakers. Courses can be taken at the student's own pace.
In addition to language studies, BIVT also offers a variety of business related courses. There are even courses in coaching, mentoring and self-improvement. Basic s skills in typewriting, word processing, practical data processing and spreadsheet are also offered to adult learners.
Prices aren't listed on BIVT's website so you will need to contact them directly by visiting their offices (Block 3, Street 5, Building 3, Salmiya, Kuwait) or contact them by telephone, on: +00+965+ 2575 6110 or visit BIVT online.
One of the best ways to learn a foreign language is to completely immerge yourself, whether working and living in an Arabic country or conversing in Arabic with native speakers.
Here are a few more tips that might improve your Arabic:
Using private tutors may be illegal in Kuwait, unless sanctioned by a reputable government authority or going through a well-established school.
An exchange partner is an excellent resource for practicing a new language with a native speaker. As an added bonus, language exchange partners can help you understand the culture of the area and inform you of local happenings. Questions about gift giving, festivals, nightlife, and greetings can be addressed without worry. In the best case sceneries, an exchange partner is not only your ambassador, but a friend. Find a tandem partner through EasyExpat's forums.
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