What is Falooka?

Falooka (meaning small boat sailing the Nile) is a crowd sourced platform to compare and exchange the Arabic and English language.

Students contributed directly submitting questions, feedback, and learning resources Falooka.

Falooka specializes in the Arabic language with English language comparisons. Falooka carries a 9-level multimedia index.

can be used strictly as a search tool (reference) OR/ as a structured course.

The mobile app allows students to search the
Falooka index (as a reference) OR/ to chat live with students interested in the Middle East region and the Western culture.

Each module includes a 3-minute summary video.


  Why Arabic with English?

Arabic, deemed a critical language by the U.S. state department, ranks 5th, after English, for total number of native speakers[1]; and, ranks the 4th most influential language only after English, French, and Spanish.[2]

Why English exchange?
Because the best way to learn Arabic and English is to interact live with natives. Both Arabic and English language audios are included within Falooka.

  Our story?

Falooka addresses the unique challenges of Western and Eastern learners.

Students contributed directly submitting questions, feedback, and learning resources Falooka.

Non-native and native language learners influenced this body of work.

Falooka is standardized and ACTFL inspired.

  Platform technology?

Falooka uses the exact same technology as the Linkedin platform (Drupal) with a live feed and a mobile app.


Tested and used at NYU's Speak Freely Program; subscribed by Johns Hopkins University and Brown University; and demoed at the United Nations, NY headquarters.

Falooka is inspired and built by students interested in both the Middle East region and the Western world. Direct student contributions were made to Falooka.

  Content depth? Materials are given in MSA (Modern    Standard Arabic) and Egyptian Colloquial and English.

  9,000 audio clips; 80 Podcasts; 150 Videos; 1000 A4 pages.

Topics covered?

Reading, writing, and grammar; stories apply the grammar themes (podcasts format); useful phrases and high frequency verbs. All answers in audio format.

  How did we simplify the content?

Street signs for common challenges experienced by learners; additional advanced sections for language nerds; line-by-line press and play.

  Years undertaken to finish the MADNESS?

Six years to complete the learning materials with collaborations between New York and Cairo. Additional time to incorporate the technology.


Lectures are integrated

- Watch a 3-minute video

- Read lecture

- Listen to relevant podcast



Comprehensive Program

 - Novice to superior (9-levels)

 - MSA, Egyptian Colloquial, & Englishs

 - Simplified and entertaining



Tested Lectures

 - 6 years testing of learning materials

 - Direct student contributions

 -  Alterations dependent on feedback


[1] "List of Languages by Number of Native Speakers." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Mar. 2014. Web. 03 Dec. 2014.


[2] "The 25 Most Influential Languages in the World." List25. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2014.


Influential defined as: 1- How many people speak the language 2- How many people speak the language as a second language. 
3- Impact on global commerce and trade. 4- Lingua franca status around the world.