Questions frequently asked by you.

What is Falooka?

A fast-track to Arabic language learning. Falooka uses the most frequently used 1000 words in everyday speech. Use the one-line audios and games to listen and apply.  

Why learn Arabic?
Arabic is deemed a critical language by the U.S. state department and ranks 5th after English for total number of native speakers.
Should I study the Egyptian dialect?

The Egyptian dialect is the dialect of choice because it is widely understood in the Middle East region. Egypt is viewed as the cultural, academic, and political hub of the Arab region.

Should I study Egyptian Colloquial OR Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) OR both?
The decision rests on how you intend to use the language.

If your aim is to interact with Arabs as Arabs interact in their homes, streets, schools, and offices then learn Egyptian Colloquial.

However, if you intend to write, read newspapers and novels, and interact with Academics then you should embark on MSA/Classical.

What would happen if I used my MSA/Classical Arabic to interact everyday?
MSA in a non-formal setting is like speaking formal written English.
Is Egyptian Colloquial totally different than MSA/Classical Arabic?

No, Egyptian Colloquial Arabic is not totally different from MSA because of the overlap in syntax and semantics. Similarities include vocabulary, the Idaafa construction, and noun-adjective phrase.  

How is each lesson in Falooka organized?

Each lecture contains a brief grammar snap shot, tricky points, and games.

Situational drills are practical with real life scenarios. Audios and videos are provided to reinforce drills.

Each podcast uses one or two grammar themes.

How will the audios help me?
Arabic has sounds that might not be familiar to you. Review both the difficult and easier sounds.

Falooka provides all podcasts in MP3 format.

Why are videos useful in the language learning process?
Learning a language is as much auditory as is visual. The more senses we use in the learning process the quicker we retain.

Falooka combines videos, games, podcasts, and summaries.


Why does Falooka color-code the words?
Arabic attaches prefixes and suffixes to the main stem. These add-ons are color coded.

Why use transliteration while learning Arabic speech?
Transliteration significantly speeds up the learning process if you wish to only speak and not learn to read Arabic. 
Are answers to all drills provided on Falooka?
Yes, answers are provided to all drills in both written and audio form.
Is learning to read Arabic challenging?
Learning to recognize the 28 letters in Arabic is often completed after only two sessions. Learning to read, however, takes longer.

Falooka breaks words into syllables and uses diacritics to help with your reading


Is learning to pronounce Arabic challenging?
Arabic has unique guttural sounds (from the throat) that are not familiar to English speakers. The vowels also alter the sounds of the consonants.
How long does it take to learn a new language?
Try to dedicate two long sessions per week. Expect to use the language within 2-3 years.
How can I learn fast?
Focus on repetition and active recall.

Spend half your time repeating short sentences (repetition) and the other half creating your won sentences (active recall).

What makes learning Arabic easy?

Many factors. There are no silent letters, gender is easy to recognize, and learning new words can become intuitive because of the root system. A trio of consonants in a word can all fall under one related set of meanings -- such as "d-r-s can mean school, teacher, and to learn."

What makes learning Arabic hard?

The more challenging aspects of learning Arabic have little to do with the language and more to do with your study habits. Effective language students tend to be creatures of habit.

Challenging facets within the Arabic language include: the unique Arabic script, "heavy" sounds, long versus short vowels; a broader usage of possession (the idaafa construction); and the common use of active participles in place of verbs (for spoken Arabic).

All lessons in Falooka highlight exceptions and challenges to make the learning process easier.

What's up with all those dialects?
There are many Arabic dialects but don't panic.

The Egyptian dialect is usually the dialect of choice for academics and travelers.

There are four dialect groups in the Arab world:

1- Egypt and Libya
2- The Maghrib (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, an Mauritania)
3- The Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and portions of Iraq)
4- The Gulf region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, UAE, and Yemen)

Speakers of the Egyptian dialect will easily understand the Libyan, the Levant, and the Gulf dialects. However, the Maghrib dialect is arguably challenging for the Egyptian speaker.


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