Arabic is a diglossic language, meaning the language is divided between a formal and informal usage. Modern Standard Arabic or MSA is typically used in the media and academia, while dialects of Arabic dominate the day-to-day life. Many dialects proliferate throughout the Arabic speaking world, posing challenges to students who desire to master the language.
However, the dialect widely spoken throughout the Sultanate is considered as the closest among Arabic dialects to MSA. This unique nature of Omani Arabic allows students to freely use a combination of MSA and dialect during their studies in Oman. Noor Majan develops and strengthens students’ understanding of various registers of Arabic by exposing them to several accents in the media skills component, with a focus on Omani Arabic.
What is it like to study Arabic in Oman?