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Where to Learn the Arabic Language in Miami

By Jon, published on 28/08/2017 Blog > Languages > Arabic > Best Places to Learn Arabic in Miami
 For the last decade or so, the Western world has developed a strong interest in the Middle East.

Whether it has been for economic, financial, political, or personal reasons, perhaps also because of the conflicts between nations, or the changes that occurred in North Africa’s Mediterranean countries, the USA has turned an eye onto the Arab world and its culture.

But how can we enter a culture if we don’t speak its language?

In Miami, as well as in other U.S. cities,  it is now possible to learn the Arabic language.


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The Importance of the Arabic Language

Arabic is a very popular language spoken by nearly 400 million people all over the world, and practiced regularly in over 23 countries.

It is of course used in the majority of Islamic countries, one of the principal regions of the world with about 1.5 billion residents.

At the UN, Arabic is used as the official language much like French, Spanish, or Chinese.

An Ever-Evolving Ancient Language

Arabic is a very old language at the origin of many great Middle Eastern civilizations and, as some even claim, of all languages in some primitive fashion: for those who speak Arabic are able to pronounce every letter in every language with an eerie ease.

For thousands of years now, the Arabic language has not stopped evolving, often borrowing root words and other expressions from the cultures it was confronted to along its history.

Arabic has had a great influence on the majority of Indo-European languages, and perhaps its most obvious contribution is the Arabic number system such as 0, 1, 2 , 3, etc. but also many words and vocabulary elements like “algorithm,” “coffee,” “algebra,” “zero,” or even “sugar.”

Today, Arabic is classified as number 3 or 4 in terms of most spoken languages all over the world.

However, one should note that this classification does not take into account the countries where Arabic is the official language.

Schools and Universities Offering Arabic Language Training

For those who like to have their nose in a book in order to discover a new language, if you’d like to learn a language in perfect conditions, don’t wait a second later, and start to learn it as soon as K-12.

There are three Miami high schools currently offering Arabic to curious teenage students eager to be fluent in Arabic.

High school language class Why not learn Arabic as soon as high school?

For those of you who have had no time to study Arabic in high school, and would like to take it up anyway, after the SATs and graduation, Florida International University and Miami University both offer degrees in Arabic.

Whatever your language level, an opportunity will present itself for you to learn oral or written Arabic.

The university system is great for discovering a language! You can also try university level language courses in order to improve your Arabic skills in San Francisco, for example.

Miami Senior High School

Located on SW 1st Street, Miami Senior High School offers Arabic classes, focusing on Basic Arabic and its vocabulary, verbs, grammar, conjugations, and pronunciation.

Arabic finals during senior year will determine whether an Arabic Subject SAT Test is the right option for you.

Miami Coral Park High School

Miami Coral Park High School (on SW 16th St.; home to the Rams) offers an introduction to the Arabic language and culture.

It’s a high school with a stellar reputation and many Arab American parents opt to send their children there in order to aptly learn their native tongue. The second language classes tend to be quite small, and Arabic is taught with precision.

Florida International University

At Florida International University in Miami, Arabic is part of the Modern Languages Department. This department has a very good reputation, and the airy campus makes it a joy for second language students to walk to their language learning courses.

The Department currently offers a four-semester sequence of instruction in beginning and intermediate Arabic. Credits earned in Arabic courses will fulfill the requirements to complete the Certificate in Languages and Cultures of North Africa and/or the Certificate of Middle East and Central Asian Studies.

These certificates can help aspiring Arabic speakers and language enthusiasts land their dream job at the United Nations or the CIA.

Here are the different classes offered:

  • Arab Literatures and Cultures in Global Perspective, which  introduces students to literatures, movies, creative arts, media produced in the Arabic speaking world and in the Arab Diaspora.
  • ABT 3503 Arabic Language and Culture which provides a general understanding of Arabic language and culture. Special emphasis on the language, the script, and the sounds of the language.
  • ARA 1130 Arabic I (5) which provides training in the acquisition and application of basic language skills.
  • ARA 2200 Intermediate Arabic (3) which provides intermediate training in the acquisition and application of basic language skills.

You will not be disappointed by FIU’s stellar Arabic language program!

Miami University

At Miami University, maybe you’d like to focus on an Arabic minor before delving deeper into the Arabic language and culture. The Arabic minor provides systematic Arabic language training in the four modalities (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) as well as insight into the cultures of the Arabic speaking world.

Studying abroad in Miami’s summer program at the University of Jordan is recommended. This will mean full immersion for one semester, and allow you to put your language skills to the test with Jordanian native speakers in their mother tongue!

Here are the Arabic language classes you will encounter at MU when you enroll in their Arabic minor:

  • ARB 201 – Intermediate Modern Arabic I (3)
  • ARB 202 – Intermediate Modern Arabic II (3)
  • ARB 230 – Arabic Literature in Translation (3)
  • ARB 301 – Advanced Arabic I (3)
  • ARB 302 – Advanced Arabic II (3)
  • ARB 311 – Media Arabic (3)


students discussing Arabic Create and partake in Arabic-focused conversation groups with students

At FIU or MU, you could meet like-minded Arabic language students!

As Miami University puts it, “Arabic is the language of a rich and varied modern culture. We all know about falafel and hummus from the grocery store, but there is much more to Arabic culture. Arabic can open the doors to the exploration of food, music, dance, and many other areas of expression.”

Lingual Institutes Teaching Arabic in Miami

Inlingua Miami, Language Center

In the heart of beautiful Brickell, Inlingua Miami is a hub for language learning activity. Each course is adapted to the level of its students, and, based on their needs, the objectives vary from class to class.

As we know, Arabic can be a bridge to learning other languages. Knowing the Arabic alphabet can jump start the study of Persian (Farsi), Urdu, and the languages of Afghanistan. Even languages such as Turkish, which no longer uses the Arabic alphabet, have a significant number of words derived from Arabic.

These are just some of the reasons why joining an Arabic class at Inlingua is a great idea. Though they focus on many different languages, Arabic is an asset for any professional endeavor.

At Inlingua in Brickell, small groups meet in the comfortable Brickell facilities on a daily basis.

Taking notes in class Don’t forget to take notes when learning about the Arabic language and its fascinating culture!

Cover all your bases in Arabic there!

All Arabic language courses are carried out by native Arab professors, most having previously lived in an Arabic country.

Language classes last around an hour and half.

There are similar centers throughout the United States. You could also try out an intensive course in order to learn the Arabic language in Chicago, for example.

Language On, Miami School

At Language On in Miami, experienced, native-speaking instructors provide engaging Arabic lessons using highly effective student-centered teaching methodology to ensure that language students succeed in learning to speak, read, and write Modern Standard Arabic.

Whether you’ve never studied a foreign language before or are learning your third language, Language On claims has the right Arabic course for you.

learn Arabic at Language On Getting worked up over an Arabic language exam? Head over to Language On for some tutoring!

Additionally, they offer language training in a variety of different forms:

  • Private (one-on-one) and small group Arabic classes
  • Large variety of Arabic lesson packages
  • Online Arabic instruction available

One of these methods could work for you! If you’re looking to gain the basics in the language or just wanting to brush up on previous vocabulary, syntax, and grammatical Arabic knowledge, Language On could be the right place to venture into Arab learning territory.

Because of its flexible schedule, and highly adaptable language plan, Language On is one of the staples of the language learning community in Miami! They accept students from K-12 on.

If you plan on attending Arabic language training for 4 weeks or more, you will pay 247 USD a week.

Individual Arabic Tutoring

For those who do not have the time to attend language courses because they work part or full time, individual tutoring may be the best option to learn the Arabic language from the comfort of your own home.

An independent tutor (retired professor, Master’s student, active professor, etc…) will come to your home and introduce you to the language or deepen your bases so that you get on the road to becoming fluent in the Arabic language.

This could mean working on Arabic grammar, syntax, writing, calligraphy, and, in some cases, oral expression.

After a free trial, the Arabic language tutor sets up a lesson plan adapted to your linguistic strengths and weaknesses.

The major advantage of Arabic tutoring in Miami is that the tutor is wholly available and will dedicate around one hour of his or her time per week to teaching you the language. You can spend your entire tutoring lesson asking him or her questions on the language structure, posing him or her your cultural queries, or asking him or her advice in order to link new words together.

On his or her end, he or she will widen your cultural and lingual scope in terms of the Arabic world.

Such tutoring lessons are available all over the United States, most notably to start your Arabic language journey in the Big Apple.


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