Woods wrote:I think I would like to put Arabic in my list of languages to learn, but I am not sure which version I should choose.
My considerations would be:
* It should be the dialect of a country which respects women (and by this I mean the way we do in Europe and not "she's happy being my wife at home while I'm doing whatever I want")
* It should be understandable by other Arabs, or at least it should make it a lot easier for me to get into other dialects
* It should be possible to learn - there should be resources such as textbooks, dictionaries, media and art published in the language
Should I just go for Standard literary Arabic or would a certain dialect fit my criteria better?
I recommend Modern Standard Arabic.
Understandable by a majority.
But it all depends on your motivations, really, and on your answer to the question : "Why do you want to learn Arabic?".
Still I don't think that the first criteria is a valid one, unless one believes all that is said in MSM.
My point is : I do not think that there is country where NO woman is respected.
No one should proclaim that NO woman is respected in Los Angeles just because it is the capital of adult (read MEN's) entertainment and women trafficking.
The relationship between adults is first of all an intimate one.
So nobody really knows what is happening in such or such couple.
There is abuse everywhere.
There is abuse of all kinds.
First Contact with Arabic Language Writing System - A. AZZI