Starting today!

I am starting today and took the dive to sign up for a premium account for a year. I have a short attention span, so when I learn a language I need a variety of different things to do to stay committed and interested. This seemed like a good way to supplement my learning plan because of the videos (my favorite learning tool) and variety of dialects available. (Please keep adding video content!)

Simultaneously I will be working with a textbook and its companion website. I wanted to learn at least one dialect in addition to MSA. Since I wanted to learn writing and MSA too, I needed a supplementary learning source to use with this. In addition to MSA, the book also offers the Levantine and Egyptian dialects, which are also both available here. I will probably work with these since I have access to more material. I will test drive both and figure out what I want to do (one or both!)

I understand the rationale behind not offering MSA here, that it is not spoken by natives (generally). However, I would bet there are a lot of people who, like myself, understand that and still want to learn both. I am interested in talking to locals, reading signs on the street, and watching news reports. So I’m just going to put it out there and say if you add MSA I will be including it into my lesson plan along with dialects!