Frequently asked questions
Isn't Arabic hard to learn?
How long does it take to learn Arabic?
It takes time to learn any new language well. If you take a lesson per week you'll complete our program in two years, but you can become quite conversant within a few months. So although there might be much more to learn, Arabic can begin opening doors for you fairly quickly.
Learning Arabic at Pacific Arabic
What is Pacific Arabic?
Pacific Arabic is a private online language school. For 19 years we operated a brick-and-mortar school in downtown San Francisco but now offer our courses only online. We are a secular, apolitical enterprise with only one purpose: helping our students learn.
Are your classes only for adults?
Not at all! While most of our students are adults we also teach students as young as 12 years old. Our teacher has a great deal of experience teaching Arabic to middle- and high-school students.
How much will I learn in each course?
What form of Arabic to you teach?
We teach Standard Arabic, the official language in Arabic-speaking countries. It is the language of television broadcasts, political speeches, literature, education and news media. It is the language children in the Arab-speaking world learn when they go to school and learn to read and write.
How much should I do outside of class to keep up?
You may schedule as many lessons per week as you'd like, but you’ll be expected to know the new material fairly well before your nexrt lesson. As long as you're prepared for each lesson, you may go as quickly as you like. If you're busy and don't have much time to study you'll be better off taking a half course at a time so you The teacher is always available to answer questions between class meetings.
How much time should I devote to studying after each lesson?
Can I complete your courses faster by scheduling multiple lessons per week?
Yes of course, provided you're able to learn the material presented before your next lesson. If you're bright and motivated (and have time to study) you can complete a full course in a bit over a week by scheduling a lesson every day.
Which Class to Take?
I've never studied Arabic before. Which course is best for me?
I really just want to learn how to speak. I don't want to learn how to read and write. Do you offer classes like that?
I studied Arabic for a while, but that was a long time ago. How do I know which class is right for me?
My family is from Egypt and I grew up speaking Arabic, but I never learned to read the language. How can Pacific Arabic help me?
I don't know how to read it and I can't really understand Al Jazeera, but I do speak Arabic with my family. Do I really have to take Arabic 1 with the beginners?
How much is tuition?
Tuition is $160 for four lessons (half a course). You can save money by registering for a complete eight-lesson course for only $290. Either way, you'll have eight weeks (56 days) to complete your course before your registration expires.
What is your refund policy?
Tuition is nonrefundable. You may schedule your lessons whenever you like—in the mornings, during your lunch break, when you get home from work or during the weekend. You may have your lesson wherever you are, even if you're traveling out of town. If something comes up you may also reschedule your lesson up to six hours before your appointment. You only have to complete your lessons within eight weeks of your registration date. Given this flexibility, you have every opportunity to complete your course and, as such, we do not offer refunds.
Do you store my credit card information?
Do I have to pay my tuition all at once or may I pay over time?
Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration. We do not offer payment plans at this time.
Does Pacific Arabic provide financial aid?
How do I schedule my lessons?
After you register you'll receive a confirmation email. Click the "schedule" link in the email to schedule your lessons. (Be sure to enter your time zone so we're all on the same page.) Your lessons do not all have to be on the same day of the week or at the same time of day. You don't even have to have a lesson every week; just make sure you complete all your lessons within 56 days. When you schedule your lessons you'll get another email confirming your appointments. You'll also receive reminder emails before each lesson.