A New Approach to Learning Arabic

Learn Standard Arabic with our free, practice lessons, or try our Gulf Arabic course if you want to learn a dialect.

Learn Gulf Arabic with our digital courses in 20 minutes a day

Introduction to Gulf Arabic

A growing repository of courses, practice Lessons & Guides


Here you can find practice materials and activities to improve your Standard Arabic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. All levels from A1 to C2.


Our practical guides are complete with audio pronunciation and feature everything from the Arabic alphabet to standard and spoken idioms.


Our Arabic language courses were designed using the Lexical Approach. A great way to learn Gulf Arabic online without needing to read or write.

The Lexical Approach

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We will be incrementally releasing the courses until 1 January, 2023. You can join our Facebook, Instagram or subscribe to the Newsletter to receive our latest announcements and course release dates. All our courses will remain freely available until the official launch.

We also offer private lessons. Contact us via the contact form to book a free lesson on Zoom.

If you spend twenty minutes a day learning, you will complete the course in three months. The system will deliberately lock you out for twenty four hours after each lesson. This is done to improve your retention and to help you build an atomic habit.

Fluency is a lifelong pursuit. It is far too abstract of a term to have any functional or measurable use. ‘Proficiency’ is a more suitable and measurable term. Our modules are divided according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Once you complete the course, you will be an independent user at the B1 level. 

According to CEFR, B1 is described as ‘Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.  Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.’

Our larger mission is to get you to the B2 level without needing any additional courses or instruction. We plan on introducing more advanced modules in the future.

The courses are unlocked sequentially as you progress through them. In order to start with an advanced course, you must first pass the final quiz in each of the preceding courses with an 80% pass grade. Passing the final quiz, will mark the course as complete and unlock the following course.

Arabic Online School is a subscription service. Our monthly membership costs 12 USD , and grants you access to all of the courses. The introductory courses are free of charge and only require a registration. Everything under the ‘Resources’ section of the website is free of charge.

We really care about results, and so it is important for us to measure our students’ progress in order to make the necessary improvements.

You can only login from one device at a time. If you decide to share your credentials, you risk losing your progress and your account might be subject to deletion.

Established in 2010, Arcana Institute is still based in Bahrain. We are no longer a language institute as the focus has been shifted to digitising our Arabic courses and building Arabic Online School. AOS is just the start, we plan on introducing more language courses in the future including Latin, Classical Greek and Aramaic. Our newfound mission is to make these dead or dying languages easily accessible to everyone in order to preserve the rich cultures they embody.

Yes, we do. Shehab Ali is a certified Arabic teacher with more ten years of experience. You can contact him directly using the contact form and book a free trial lesson on Zoom.


MA Philosophy (Philosophy of Language & Mind)

TAFL (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language)

CELTA (Cambridge, Grade A)