Learning Arabic

The term 'Arabic' covers two families of languages. One is mainly written and used in newspapers, books and the Internet (Modern Standard Arabic) and the other consists of several spoken Arabic dialects. Radio and Television use the same language where as you need to learn one of the many 'Colloquial Arabic' dialects to speak with Arab people in the streets. This language is not as useful as one may think, even because if you wish to do business, most Arabic businessmen speak English or French which is probably a better strategy to learn one Arabic dialect rather than trying to speak Modern Standard Arabic with people. Anyway speaking Arabic can be considered very chic. This language is difficult to pronounce and to speak with no accent. The Arabic vocabulary is very large and this is the biggest obstacle for students to overcome. The Arabic alphabet can be learnt quickly but most texts do not write vowels so you have to figure them out by yourself.