What is Falooka?
Falooka provides a live platform for both Arabic and English language speakers to share ideas, experiences,
as well as ask and answer questions on anything Middle Eastern and Western. For multimedia Arabic and English learning materials use the mobile
Why Arabic and English on Falooka?
Arabic is deemed a critical
language by the U.S. state department and ranks 5th after
English for total number of native speakers; English ranks
as the most influential language with Arabic ranking 4th after English, French,
and Spanish. Read our
Why does Falooka compare Arabic to English?
Our globally demanding world
requires languages and international experiences.
Native Arabic speakers
learning English and native English speakers learning Arabic
are able to help one another explore new global perspectives through the people and
Should I study the Egyptian dialect?
The Egyptian dialect is the dialect of
choice for academics and travelers because it is widely understood in
the Middle East region. Egypt is viewed as the cultural, academic,
and political hub of the Arab region.
Should I study Egyptian Colloquial OR Modern
Standard Arabic (MSA) OR both?
The decision rests on how you intend to
use the language.
If your aim is to interact with Arabs as
Arabs interact in their homes, streets, schools, and offices then learn
Egyptian Colloquial/spoken Arabic.
However, if you intend to write, read
newspapers and novels, and interact with Academics then you should
embark on MSA/Classical.
Students who opt to study both
Colloquial and Classical get the best of both worlds. Students who
solely study Colloquial are practical and eager to experience the people
and culture as quickly as possible.
What would happen if I used my MSA/Classical
Arabic to interact everyday?
Speaking MSA/Classical Arabic with friends
and colleagues makes you standoffish. MSA in a non-formal setting is
like speaking formal written English.
Falooka is for both classical and colloquial Arabic students.
Students who wish to compare the two have the option to do so as well.
Is Egyptian Colloquial/Spoken Arabic totally different
than MSA/Classical Arabic?
No, Colloquial Arabic is not totally
different from MSA because of an overlap in syntax and semantics.
Similarities include the Idaafa construction, the noun-adjective phrase,
How is each lesson in Falooka organized?
The lectures are to the point with well
defined topics for a quick sense of knowledge gained.
Each lecture contains a brief grammar snap shot, carefully
selected examples, and a yellow street sign highlighting tricky points.
Situational drills are practical with
real life scenarios. Audios and videos are provided to reinforce drills.
Each podcast incorporates a specific grammar
How useful are the audios
Arabic and English have sounds that might not be
familiar to you. Reading is not the same as listening to
isolated words, phrases, and sentences as you experience them.
Falooka provides all podcasts in
Why are videos useful in the language learning
Learning a language is as much auditory
as is visual. The more senses we use in the learning process the quicker
we tend to retain.
Falooka frequently combines
summary videos with written text to reinforce the language learning process.
Why does Falooka color-code the words?
Arabic frequently attaches
prefixes and suffixes to the main stem. These add-ons are color coded.
Falooka color-codes so you can easily see the main
stem and the add-ons.
Why use transliteration
while learning Arabic speech?
speeds up the learning process if you wish to simply speak and
not learn to read Arabic.
Falooka provides easy
to use transliteration if you do not wish to learn to read
Are answers to all drills provided on Falooka?
Yes, answers are provided to all drills
in both written and audio form.
Many language learning materials do not
offer answers to drills having you rely more on instructors.
Is learning to
read Arabic challenging?
Learning to recognize the 28 letters in
Arabic is often completed after only two sessions. but learning to read is
A useful tip is to understand syllables
within words and to recognize diacritics.
Students not comfortable
with shaddas, sequoons, doubled consonants, and short and long
vowels will continue to struggle with reading.
Is learning to pronounce Arabic
Arabic has unique guttural
sounds (from the throat) that are not familiar to English
speakers. Vowels also alter in sound by their surrounding consonants.
Guttural consonants as well
as vowels take time to master. Listen carefully as you play
the audio clips on Falooka.
How long does it take to learn a new language?
Try to dedicate two sessions per week. Expect to use the language within 2-3 years.
Can I learn Arabic on my own?
Yes, but language learning means
interacting with natives.
Take time to grasp the grammar
fundamentals and then shift to interacting with Arabic speakers as you
continue revisiting the materials.
Falooka is designed for easy reading
and listening at home and on the go.
What makes learning Arabic easy?
Many factors. There are no silent
letters, gender is easy to recognize, and learning new words can become
intuitive because of the root system. A trio of consonants in a word can
all fall under one related set of meanings -- such as "d-r-s can mean school,
teacher, and to learn."
What makes learning Arabic hard?
If you truly decide to learn Arabic you
The more challenging aspects of learning
Arabic have little to do with the language and more to do with your study
habits. Effective language students tend to be creatures of habit.
Challenging facets within the Arabic
language include: the
unique Arabic script, "heavy" sounds, long versus short vowels; a
broader usage of possession (the idaafa construction); and the common
use of active participles in place of verbs (for spoken Arabic).
But it's all fun in the end. Once you
are aware of what needs extra attention it helps you to focus and
All lessons in Falooka highlight exceptions and challenges to make the learning process easier.
What's up with all those dialects?
There are many Arabic dialects but don't
Even native Arabic speakers are not familiar
with all of the dialects but still manage to interact effectively. Why? Because of the similarities.
Just learn the dialect you expect to
use most depending on your academic and personal goals.
The Egyptian dialect is usually the
dialect of choice for academics and travelers.
There are four dialect groups in the
1- Egypt and Libya
2- The Maghrib (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, an Mauritania)
3- The Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and portions of Iraq)
4- The Gulf region (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, UAE, and
Speakers of the Egyptian dialect will
easily understand the Libyan, the Levant, and the Gulf dialects. However, the
Maghrib dialect is arguably more challenging for the Egyptian speaker.