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Modern Standard Arabic-Speaking Countries
About the Arabic Language
Arabic has one standard, formal, written form, Modern Standard Arabic or MSA, that is used and understood throughout the Arab world. While primarily written, MSA is also spoken in highly formal situations, in higher education, in sermons, and in the courts of law.
Arabic is represented by many regional, generally
mutually intelligible dialects. Of these many dialects, the seven
primary ones are: Eastern Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Iraqi
Arabic, Saudi Arabic, North African Arabic, and Yemeni Arabic.
Pimsleur's Modern Standard Arabic course includes reading lessons which provide an introduction to reading the Arabic alphabet.