Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center Opens Digital Arabic Training

By “fulfilling our mandate through digital means,” says Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, the center offers a program in conversational Arabic.

Image: Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi’s ‘We Speak Arabic’ section on ‘Arab Friends’

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

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“Apprentices of all ages and nationalities”

As Publication prospects As readers know, the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center in the United Arab Emirates recently updated its site under the guidance of Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, President of the Arabic Language Center and Secretary General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, in under the Government of the United Arab Emirates. digital transformation strategy.

Today (22 February), the center announced the opening of its “We Speak Arabic” program, designed to help non-Arabic speakers learn the language “more easily and effectively through innovative digital content”.

To find this new feature, all you have to do is click on the homepage of the center site and scroll down below the large display image.

Intended to have a wide range, the program is intended to be explored by “learners of all ages and nationalities” and its developers hope to “encourage mastery of Arabic as a language of knowledge, culture and creativity. “.

An international Arabic test is one of the tools, created by the Arab World Institute in Paris, with which the Abu Dhabi center is a partner.

And in the “Arab Friends” section, we read, “Arabic speaking friends which includes both native and non-native speakers. The contest consists of short videos talking about topics that reflect their experience with the Arabic language.

“The works produced for the competition will be used within the framework of the competition with the aim of encouraging young people to take an interest in and master the Arabic language, to show the beauty of the Arabic language and its ability to express human experiences, and to encourage young non-Arabic speakers to learn Arabic and use it in daily life.

And the “Saud and Rose” section features “a series of videos dedicated to teaching Arabic to non-native speakers through a story between a non-Arab girl and an Emirati citizen.”

Said Hamdan Al Tunaiji

In a prepared statement, Saeed H. Al Tunaiji – the center’s acting executive director – is quoted as saying, “Promoting the adoption of the Arabic language locally and internationally is one of the main objectives of the center through a broad range of projects and initiatives.

“Executing our mandate through digital means is a major goal that provides easy access for those seeking to learn, and of course cooperation and collaborative efforts across entities, institutions and communities are essential to achieve Our goals.”

The center recently held a ““Arabic Language Pals” competition for Arab and foreign students, which saw 156 videos submitted from seven Arab countries:

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Egypt
  • Sudan
  • Syria

The videos were evaluated by a jury of Arabic language and poetry experts according to strict criteria, including quality of performance, linguistic accuracy, choice of content and emotional expression.

After several rounds of judging, the jury produced a final list of six videos nominated to win the “Arabic Language Pals” award. The three winners of the competition were: Raneem Al Obaidi of Jordan; Ahmad Al Rahin from Saudi Arabia; and Reem Hajj Hussain from Syria.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is featured in one of the “Saud and Rose” videos of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre’s “We Speak Arabic” program. Image: Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.