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United States Cities Offering Arabic Language Courses

By Jon, published on 28/08/2017 Blog > Languages > Arabic > Arabic Language Classes in U.S.A Cities

According to an Arabic proverb: “He who learns without acting, labors without planting.”

Taking an Arabic Language Course will considerably raise your grain stock in order for things to start growing in your garden.

Learning classical Arabic could open up new possibilities:

  • train you to become an Arabic-speaking bilingual
  • expand your general culture
  • train you to become an Arabic professor, if it’s in your stars
  • train you to be equipped with some very precious language skills for your future career
  • allow you to understand conversations in all the Arabic countries you will visit

Are you ready to take classes so you can express yourself like an Egyptian?

It’s a great idea, but how do you start when you don’t know which organization to approach?

Here is a quick Superprof tour of the U.S.A and the places in which you can learn Arabic in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.


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Arabic Language Courses in New York City

The U.S.A’s most famous city! It is the most populated and visited conurbation in the country, and it welcomes many Arabic speakers each year. It may be a long way from the Maghreb, but learning the Arabic language in New York City is not absurd at all!

Arabic language classes in New York City Where can you learn Arabic in the Bad Apple? The possibilities are endless!

For the most part, courses in French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Russian do create some shade for Arabic. The language does not seem to be a priority when it comes to national education. There are however plenty of options from K-12!

K-12 Teaching Classical Arabic

  • Stuyvesant High School
  • Fort Hamilton High School
  • The School for International Studies
  • the United Nations International School
  • the Khalil Gibran International Academy
  • Friends Seminary

In 2013, MLA reported that 32,286 students had enrolled in Arabic courses  in the U.S. (as opposed to 61,055 in Mandarin).

Learning Arabic in New York City’s universities

  • The New School
  • New York University
  • Columbia University

These programs have the following elements in common: memorizing the letters of the Arabic alphabet (vowels and consonants), courses in order to learn how to read and write in Arabic, courses in Arabic grammar (possessive and personal pronouns), and the phonetics and pronunciation of Arabic in order to improve speaking skills.

Other Places Where to Learn Arabic in New York City

You can learn how to speak classical and dialectal Arabic – for example Moroccan Arabic, also  known as Darija—at these public and private institutes:

  • The Arabic School of NY
  • United Nations Arabic Language Program
  • The Summer Institute for Intensive Arabic Language and Culture

There are also hundreds of native Arabic professors who can teach you the alphabet. Just log in to the Superprof platform to find your private Arabic language tutor and learn its elementary notions.

Who knows? You could finish by expressing yourself even better than someone of Arabic descent: many U.S. citizens with Arabic origins speak very little to no Arabic!

Boston’s Arabic Language Courses

Boston is one of the largest cities on the East Coast and it offers a variety of options for Arabic Language Courses in Boston.

Arabic Language Classes in Boston City Do you work during the day? How about taking night classes at The Boston Language Institute?

Learning Arabic from K-12 to the University Level

  • The Arabic Summer Academy
  • Boston University
  • Boston College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Harvard Extension School

For high school students, the Arabic Summer Academy offers an intensive beginner’s course over the summer.

At Boston University, however, it would be best to go in already knowing the letters of the Arabic alphabet, as that will make learning new Arabic vocabulary much easier!

Linguistic and Cultural Institutes in Boston

Here is a non-exhaustive list of places where you can take beginner to advanced Arabic language classes:

  • Al Madrasah: This institute is completely dedicated to Arabic language classes and its collective classes run year long. It also offers a great summer institute, and focuses on both classical and dialectal Arabic.
  • The Boston Language Institute: This institute teaches many languages, but Arabic may be its most popular. It has for objective the language’s vocabulary, grammar, conjugations, as well as learning the letters of the alphabet by heart (vowels, and guttural consonants)

You can also think of attending one of Boston’s Mosque for the Praising of Allah’s weekend programs, in which classical Arabic is taught. This could be an opportunity to learn Tajwid, how to read the Quran, or how to pray in Arabic.

It is always a good idea to also have a look at the “Arabs in Boston” Facebook group, where tutors offer their help for learning to speak Arabic.

Learning Arabic in Chicago

Chicago is the center of the Palestinian and Jordanian immigrant communities in the United States, and additionally has a large Assyrian population.

Language courses in Chicago Take part in an Arabic Language Course in Chicago and enjoy a smooth sail towards success!

There are numerous places where one can learn Arabic, and this from a young age:

  • Durkin Park
  • Agassiz
  • Belding
  • LaSalle Language Academy II
  • Marquette Tech
  • Volta
  • Lincoln Park High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Lindblom High School

If you’d like to learn how to speak Arabic at University of Chicago, then look no further than their Arabic Languages and Culture Certificate. There, you can develop Arabic language skills while gaining an understanding of the culture and history of the Arabic world.

Here’s a taster of the various classes you could take: Beginning Arabic, Continuing Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Spoken Colloquial Arabic, Who is the Middle East,The Modern Muslim World, etc…

The alternatives to university or high school classes for Arabic Language Courses in Boston are many: classes for adults at the Downtown Islamic Center, classes at home (such as with Superprof!), and there are also language courses in private language institutes such as Language Loop, as well as specialized classes to learn the Arabic alphabet, and let’s not forget those online…

You can also check out some Arabic language books at the Chicago Public Library in order to progress with your language skills.

Otherwise, you can make your way to the Chicago Center for Arabic Language and Culture (CALC) and attend councils on Global Affairs or attend various meetings with professionals and scholars such as “Geometry and the Islamic Arts.” It is host to plenty of Arabic-related activities and it supported by Chicago’s mayor.

Learning to Speak Arabic in Miami

Miami also offers Arabic language programs:

  • Miami Senior High School
  • Miami Coral Park High School
  • Miami University
  • Florida International University

Speak like an Egyptian in Miami Take Arabic language classes in Miami and learn to speak like an Egyptian!

If you start in high school, you will already be at a higher level once you reach university and decide to major in Arabic.

At Miami University you will be able to minor in Arabic and have the possibility to travel abroad. At FIU, you can take an Arabic class or even The Certificate in Languages and Cultures of North Africa, in order to really talk like an Egyptian!

Unfortunately, at the moment there are no Master’s programs for Arabic, but we could definitely see a change in years to come.

Here are four places in which to partake in an Arabic language program in Miami or just practice your already existing Arabic:

  • Inlingua Miami, Language Center in Brickell: Arabic courses in order to practice your conversational Arabic
  • Language On, Miami School: personalized programs in individual or collective classes

If you are short on time or money, you should opt for individual courses in Miami: with classes in the evening after work for example, or before a test. You can take classes to perfect your Arabic grammar, Arabic writing, calligraphy, phonetics, and elocution when in conversation with basic Arab speakers.

Superprof has 28 professors in Miami, Florida.

Where to Learn Arabic in Los Angeles

There are many advantages to taking Arabic Language Courses in Los Angeles.

Dream big with your Arabic degree Getting an Arabic language degree in L.A.? You could become a teacher, a translator, or even a journalist…

Allah’s language is present in L.A. middle schools and high schools:

  • Bell High School
  • Granada Hills Charter High School
  • Hamilton High School

At University California of Los Angeles (UCLA) one can obtain the following Arabic language studies degrees:

  • Minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • Major in Islamic Studies
  • PhD in Islamic Studies

There are different linguistic and cultural institutes offering Arabic language courses in the city known for its Hollywood sign:

  • Santa Monica Language Academy
  • The Marquaz (Arts Center for the Greater Middle East)
  • Beverly Hills Language Institute

These institutes will guide you towards foreign language education programs that are adapted to your needs. Whether you are a student, an employee, retired, or just looking for a job, these language schools and associations are designed to have you:

  1. memorize the letters of the Arabic alphabet
  2. progress in your conversational skills
  3. memorize Arabic words
  4. memorize Arabic grammar

Prophet Mohammed’s language will no longer hold any secrets for you!

Not into school? Not able to join a class? Then opt for one-on-one tutoring.

A teacher can come to your house with a lesson plan adapted to your level and fluency (beginner, intermediate, or advanced).

Learning to Speak Arabic in San Francisco

And, finally, if you are wearing flowers in your hair and eager to learn the Arabic language in San Francisco, this vibrant city is a great place to get started.

The Arabic alphabet in San Francisco Learn the alphabet in the city that bears the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge before moving on to an advanced class!

Learn the Arabic alphabet in San Francisco. Yes, you may be a long way from Arab countries geographically speaking, but San Francisco is a vibrant place full of diversity. Many Arabic people live in the center of this California city.

Arabic is a part of the curriculum in many schools, and one can also pass a specialized Arabic SAT subject test if he or she wishes. In order to do this, you may opt for a native Arabic tutor before your big day.

A home tutor in Arabic may offer close monitoring of your progress while you prepare for final exams or placement tests.

Intensives are for students to perfect their pronunciation, phonetics, as well as learning to read and write Arabic and help to acquire the best oral expression possible.

You can find a tutor by visiting Superprof, Duolingo, Open Culture, Verbling, and Fluentu, as well as on websites with classified ads for tutoring (such as Facebook and Craigslist).

Here are the various centers with Arabic Language Courses in San Francisco:

  • San Francisco State University
  • University of San Francisco, with a Minor and Major in the language.
  • Pacific Arabic Language School, which is a secular, apolitical language school serving the community who may be interested in the Arabic language.
  • ABC Languages, which offers a course adapted to your needs and level in the Arabic language.

Don’t live in any of these six cities? No worries—there are countless websites teaching languages online!


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