Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the standard and written form of Arabic used and understood throughout the Arab world. Though primarily written, MSA is also spoken in formal situations, higher education, sermons, media, and in the courts of law.

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The Foreign Service Institute has classified Arabic as a "Super-Hard" language. It is estimated that learning Arabic to a Professional Working Proficiency in the language (a score of Speaking-3/Reading-3 on the Interagency Language Roundtable scale) will take an average of 88 weeks (2200 class hours).[1]

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Foreign Service Institute Modern Written Arabic:

Defense Language Institute Modern Standard Arabic Basic Course (22 Volumes)

Madinah Books (3 books with accompanying video lectures)

Pimsleur offers a course in Modern Standard Arabic.

Rosetta Stone offers a course in Modern Standard Arabic.

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  1. U.S. Department of State; FSI's Experience with Language Learning;