dEhiN wrote:Though I suppose, and this is coming from the perspective of someone who hasn't started learning Arabic (yet), unless you know for sure which area you're going to travel to, how can you determine which dialect to learn? Also, what if you travel to other parts in your life / Arabic learning journey?
Well, you might (for example) want to talk to people who speak a particular dialect and thus try to learn that one. Also, if you learn one, it's relatively easy to pick up another, so that's not a huge problem. I think somebody said that here, IIRC.
TeneReef wrote:This is similar to Tamil.
How is this similar to Tamil? Do you mean in that most Tamil classes/courses teach literary Tamil?
He apparently thinks diglossia in Arabic is similar to diglossia in Tamil, but I doubt that it's all that similar. For one thing, in the case of Tamil, Madurai dialect seems to be more or less assumed as a kind of standard spoken dialect, and for another, I'm not sure any of the dialects of Tamil show significant differences in terms of syntax (even though the dialects of Arabic definitely do). It's definitely possible to find a course that teaches the written language alongside Madurai dialect (I can think of one off the top of my head; they seem to teach vocabulary in both, and most of the differences between Madurai dialect and the written language appear to be phonological rather than morphological or syntactic), but I've never seen any such resources for any other dialect of Tamil. By contrast, there is no spoken standard for Arabic at all. Egyptian Arabic is widely understood because Egyptian media has been popular throughout the Arab World for decades by now (and apparently Levantine Arabic is also somewhat widely understood by people who speak various dialects), but not everyone understands it. I've never seen a dialect of Arabic being taught alongside MSA in the same way I've seen Madurai dialect taught along with written Tamil, and I don't think that would be possible because the differences between MSA and the dialects are a lot more than just phonology.