Learn Arabic

أهلا وسهلا


The Arabic weekly classes are structured into three levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced. Each level is divided into four sub-levels: A, B, C, and D.

For Beginner A and Beginner B levels, we use "Alif Baa - Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds" by Georgetown University Press.

Beginner A (Alif Baa: Unit 1-5)

Beginner B (Alif Baa: Unit 6-10)

In teaching the sounds and letters of Arabic, Alif Baa provides a variety of exercises aimed at developing crucial skills of reading, listening, writing, speaking, and cultural understanding. It also introduces about 150 basic vocabulary words, including conventional forms of politeness and social greetings.

For Beginner C to Intermediate D level, we use "Al-Kitaab fii Taallum al-Arabiyya - Part One" by Georgetown University Press.

Beginner C (Al-Kitaab 1: Unit 1-4)

Masculine & feminine, the definite article, the nisba adjective, the question, Arabic names, pronouns, the plural, possessive pronouns, the present tense, adverbs, noun-adjective phrases, etc.

Beginner D (Al-Kitaab 1: Unit 5-8)

Prepositions with pronouns, fronted predicate, the past tense, negation of past tense roots and patters, non-human plural agreement, the time, object pronouns, etc.

Intermediate A (Al-Kitaab 1: Unit 9-11)

Review verb chart, quantifiers, the superlative, the future, future negation, subject-verb agreement, definite and indefinite, etc.

Intermediate B (Al-Kitaab 1: Unit 12-14)

The comparative, case markings, colors, reading dates, more reviews, etc.

Intermediate C (Al-Kitaab 1: Unit 15-17)

Intermediate D (Al-Kitaab 1: Unit 18-20)

For Advanced level we use "Al-Kitaab - Part Two" by Georgetown University Press.

Advanced A (Al-Kitaab 2: Unit 1-5)

Advanced B (Al-Kitaab 2: Unit 6-10)

Advanced C (Al-Kitaab 2: Unit 11-15)

Advanced D (Al-Kitaab 2: Unit 16-20)

The Arabic conversation classes cover different topics: news, economy, science, health, politics, entertainment, culture, travel, sports. The students are asked to prepare a newspaper or internet article on a topic of their choice. They will present it in front of the class, providing the list of new vocabulary words found in the article. The discussion will then follow and each student will take a turn on presenting an article.

The Arabic intensive classes cover 2 hours of grammar and 1.5 hours of conversation. The low beginner level deals with the introduction to letters and sounds in Arabic. From high-beginner to high intermediate level, we use the Al-Kitaab part 1 textbook.

Pasadena Language Center offers Arabic lessons for all levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced and conversation. Learn Arabic in a comfortable, casual environment and make it a fun, enriching experience! We serve the areas of Pasadena, South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, Alhambra, San Gabriel, South Arroyo, Altadena, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, Glendale, Burbank, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, La Cañada, Montrose, La Crescenta & Sun Valley.

About the Arabic Language

Arabic is one of the world’s major languages, spoken in a broad belt extending from the Arabian Peninsula north to the Fertile Crescent and then west to the Atlantic Ocean. It is the official language of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania, making it the mother tongue of about 230 million people. In 1974 Arabic was made the sixth official language of the United Nations.

Arabic has contributed many words to the English language, many of them beginning with the Arabic definite article al-. These include algebra, alcohol, alchemy, alkali, alfalfa, and albatross. Others are elixir, giraffe, gazelle, cotton, and many more.