I was recently asked to take an Arabic proficiency exam.
The email stated that I would have the option to test in either “Modern Standard Arabic, General Arabic, Eastern Arabic, or Western Arabic.”
I was nonplussed. During my 7 years living in Dubai and speaking with native Arabic speakers from all over the region, I had never once heard Arabic dialects categorized this way.
In today’s video, we try to decipher what they meant by this (I did send them an email for clarification but no reply has arrived–as of the time of writing).
We also talk about a better way to categorize Arabic dialects. Hope you find this useful! If you have other thoughts/comments/questions, please write them below!
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