Arabic Beginners

Start evening courses
January, April, October
Start intensive daytime courses
July, August
Start level
equivalent to A0 (What does this mean?)
End level
equivalent to A1.1
Instruction language
Arab, Dutch, English
Final test
written test
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Course information

The introductory course Arabic Beginners is for absolute beginners who want to start learning the Arabic language. The course puts equal emphasis on developing general language skills (speaking, vocabulary and grammar) and learning the Arabic script.


At the end of this beginners course, you will have mastered the entire Arabic alphabet and are able to read whole sentences. You will know how to greet people and to ask and answer simple questions in singular forms of the present tense.

The variety of Arabic that is taught in this beginners course is Standard Arabic, which is the language understood in all Arab countries and the variety used in the media. 


The course is taught using the Bite-Size Arabic textbook and website, together with other materials developed specially by UvA Talen instructors. Bite-Size Arabic teaches you how to read and write in Arabic even though you have only mastered the tiniest amount of vocabulary and grammar.

The course material is written in English, so a basic understanding of English is needed.

If you successfully complete this course, you will receive a certificate showing the level you have attained and you will be able to continue to Arabic level 2.


The intake procedure for this course comprises: questionnaire

After you have registered for this course, we will invite you for an assessment to determine your level. We recommend that you enrol at least two weeks before the start of the course. If you enrol later than this, we cannot guarantee there will be time for the intake procedure.

Course material

Bite-Size Arabic, Tasharrafna, € 40

The course material is not included in the course price. If you buy the books via UvA Talen, you will receive them from the teacher during the first lesson.

Schedule and registration

This course can also be taken as an intensive summer course.

Day(s) Start End Time Hours Price
15 Jul 2019 05 Aug 2019 09:00 - 11:30 25 495 Enrol NOW!
12 Aug 2019 02 Sep 2019 09:00 - 11:30 25 495 Enrol NOW!
Tuesdays 01 Oct 2019 03 Dec 2019 19:00 - 21:30 25 495 Enrol NOW!