The best time to join our language classes is at the beginning of each term.
Arabic is a Central Semitic language, closely related to Aramaic, Hebrew, and Phoenician. It is the only surviving member of the Ancient North Arabian dialect group, dating back to the 4th century.
Arabic is one of the six most-spoken languages in the world, spoken by around 420 million speakers (native and non-native) in the Arab world. It is also a liturgical language for 1.6 billion Muslims around the world. Moreover Arabic is one of six official languages of the United Nations.
Throughout its history Arabic has influenced many languages around the globe. During the middle ages, Literary Arabic was a major vehicle of culture in Europe, especially in science, mathematics, and philosophy. As a result, many European languages have also borrowed many words from it.
English, for example, has many Arabic loan words, some directly but most through the medium of other Mediterranean languages. Examples of such words include: admiral, adobe, alchemy, alcohol, algebra, algorithm, alkaline, almanac, amber, arsenal, assassin, candy, carat, cipher, coffee, cotton, ghoul, hazard, jar, Kismet, lemon, loofah, magazine, mattress, sherbet, sofa, sumac, tariff, and many others.
This course is for absolute beginners; it gives students with no prior knowledge of Arabic, a firm basis in the language and provides background information on aspects of Arabian life. It aims to develop listening, writing, reading, and speaking skills with topics ranging from greetings and introducing yourself to talking about your family and town.
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Hisham, an Egyptian born general surgeon, migrated to New Zealand 17 years ago. Arabic being his mother tongue allowed him to teach the language as he studied it and practiced it for most of his life, In 1993 he tutored an Arabic language course for non-Arabic speaking Muslims at the Hagley Community College. In that course he was teaching Classical Arabic, the mother of today’s Modern Standard Arabic, since then he has delivered further courses to his community.
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No classes on public holidays.
All courses need a minimum number to go ahead. If your course does not have enough enrolments, we regret that we will have to cancel and will let you know either by email or text. Please check your emails regularly. Courses are usually confirmed or cancelled 2-3 working days prior to the scheduled start date.
We may, regretfully, have to cancel courses if we do not receive enough enrolments, in which case you will get a full refund.
We may choose to close a course if there is a high level of non-attendance or withdrawals, in which case a proportional refund may be made.
Wherever possible, we will offer replacement or extended sessions to make up for sessions cancelled due to extreme weather, tutor illness or other unforeseen reason.
If you need to withdraw from a course and you inform us in writing, at least a week before the course is due to start, you will be eligible for a refund minus a $20 administration charge.
If you withdraw from a course at any other time, you will not be eligible for a refund. No refunds are given after commencement of a course to ensure course viability.