Arabic in Christchurch

New Zealand is a multicultural country, which can be demonstrated by the variation between its most-spoken languages: English, Mandarin and Arabic. The latter, Arabic, is the official language of more than 18 countries, including Lebanon, Egypt and Afghanistan, and over 420 million speakers, according to Babbel in 2016. Thus, learning Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is an important skill for providing migrants, travellers and businesses a means of accessing this enormous population. But learning Arabic is useful if you stay at home, as well. More than 1,000 Arabic speakers live in Christchurch, so learning Modern Standard Arabic will broaden your horizons by enabling communication with this community, exposing you to new and exciting cultural, social and professional experiences in the city. Start your MSA language course with us at Language Trainers and open yourself up to new opportunities at home and abroad.

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Why Study Arabic in Christchurch

For Work and Study: New Zealand and the Arab world share a deep economic connection. To take just one country as an example, New Zealand has long been exporting meat and dairy to Egypt, together with technology in the gas sector, including pumps and valves.  So, if you are working in any of these fields, start learning Arabic to give your career a boost by taking on opportunities to aid communication between New Zealand businesses and their overseas customers! Also, you should not miss the annual Middle Eastern Trade Fair that comes to Christchurch every year. This event is attended by businesspeople and entrepreneurs of Arab origin, so impressing them with your new Arabic could help to build long-lasting and professionally beneficial relationships. Finally, if you are more interested in studying Arabic at university, you can enrol in a variety of courses at the University of Canterbury. For example, in the Arabic Language and Islamic Culture programme, you will learn about Arab traditions, arts and language, which you can make the most of by studying Arabic with us first at Language Trainers!

For Culture: You can also experience the Arab culture without ever leaving Christchurch. For example, if you are interested in learning more about Islam, you can visit the Al Noor Mosque located in the suburb of Riccarton. Built in 1984, the mosque was a target for the 2019 shootings; today, it has a memorial to ensure that those horrendous acts never occur again. Their tours and exhibitions are delivered in both English and Arabic, so make sure you get the key information from both languages by signing up for an MSA course as soon as possible! And to stay up-to-speed on the city’s Arab-related proceedings, you can follow the Arabs in New Zealand Facebook group. Its members focus mainly on Auckland and Christchurch, featuring news and relevant information to the Arab community. Of course, most of the articles they share are written in Arabic, so take advantage of this opportunity to improve your reading skills while keeping updated about the city’s events!

For Social: Learning Arabic with a native-speaking instructor will help you to improve your skills in a very short time. However, you will also need to practise outside the classroom if you want to become fluent and speak with confidence. We recommend joining the Christchurch Polyglots and Language Learners Meetup, a group of people who get together every week to practise different languages. Many of them come from the Middle East or are learning the language, so don’t miss out on this chance to put your new skills into play in a friendly environment. After the meetings, why not take your new friends to a Lebanese restaurant and taste the delicious cuisine on offer? Some popular recommendations include Hapsun Souvlaki on Wairakei Road and Mosaic on Lincoln Road. Order takwook or shish kebab in Arabic and leave your new friends in awe of your speaking skills!


Where to Learn Arabic in Christchurch

Our native-speaking tutors will guide you to fluency as quickly as possible, no matter how challenging Arabic can be to some. We focus on your convenience when designing your course, so our lessons are completely tailored to your needs and requirements. Just contact us and we will send one of our excellent teachers to your home, office, or public space around the city. Some options of where to study are the Portershed Specialty Cafe on Lincoln Road, C1 Espresso on High Street or the South Christchurch Library on Colombo Street. Just let us know and we will be there.

Are you interested in booking some Arabic lessons with us but live on the outskirts of the city? Don’t worry, our instructors can also deliver classes in areas like Rapaki, Lincoln, Lyttelton, Prebbleton and Merivale.

What are you waiting for? Let’s go, لنذهب (linadhhab)In case you want to your current Arabic proficiency, take our free Arabic level test, so we can tailor our language course to suit your abilities and preferences.   

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WHY people learn ARABIC?
Communicate with business associates abroad
Relocation to Arabic-speaking countries

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1-on-1 General Arabic Course in Christchurch

Our general one-on-one courses in Christchurch will help students improve their Arabic level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our Arabic classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

1-on-1 Business Arabic Course in Christchurch

Our Arabic courses in Christchurch are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone Arabic and email skills, as well as a level of survival Arabic, granting them the ability to work in a country where Arabic is the native tongue.

2-to-1 and Small Group
Arabic Courses in Christchurch (closed group)

Our Arabic courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One Arabic Course or In-Company Small Group Arabic Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster Arabic Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.

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Take our Arabic Language Level Test.

Let us know why you need to learn Arabic and include the time and location that best suit you.

Review our quote and, if you are happy with it, receive our invoice and Agreement form.

Sign our Agreement form and submit a deposit* for the course.

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Throughout your Arabic course, the Language Trainers Academic Team will be on hand to help you with any queries.
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After the first lesson or two, our team will contact you to ensure you are happy with your trainer. If necessary, we will change the focus of the course to better suit your needs.
After finishing your course, we will send you a course attendance and completion certificate..
Our team will provide you with follow-up learning opportunities, including: self study material, language courses in Arabic-speaking countries, and more advanced courses with Language Trainers.
*Deposit payable by check, credit card, wire transfer, or PayPal. Your quote will include the number of classes and cost. A typical course lasts 30 hours per level, with classes of 2 hours each.

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