Where to learn Arabic inexpensively in the UK???

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So I want to go to an Arabic class in real life because self-studying isn't the easiest thing when you struggle with self-motivation anyway. However I've struggled to find anywhere I could learn until the summer when I could attend a summer school. I have very little money but I'm very keen on improving my Arabic so I think I'll sign up for a summer school, I'm just not sure which to pick. SOAS has one but it's over 1200 pounds not including accommodation!!
Anyway what I'm asking is if any of you know of any Arabic courses in the UK that are cheap or start fairly soon? I realize that 'UK' is wide but I don't want to give away my location lol and I sometimes stay in other cities for long periods of time anyway. Also if you have any summer school recommendations, including ones abroad providing they're cheap. And if you're learning Arabic and want a study partner I would be v up for that even if we can't meet. It's easy to find Arabs willing to teach me their language (which is nice but I feel awkward being so much worse at Arabic than they are at English) but I don't come across many fellow learners.
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So I want to go to an Arabic class in real life because self-studying isn't the easiest thing when you struggle with self-motivation anyway. However I've struggled to find anywhere I could learn until the summer when I could attend a summer school. I have very little money but I'm very keen on improving my Arabic so I think I'll sign up for a summer school, I'm just not sure which to pick. SOAS has one but it's over 1200 pounds not including accommodation!!
Anyway what I'm asking is if any of you know of any Arabic courses in the UK that are cheap or start fairly soon? I realize that 'UK' is wide but I don't want to give away my location lol and I sometimes stay in other cities for long periods of time anyway. Also if you have any summer school recommendations, including ones abroad providing they're cheap. And if you're learning Arabic and want a study partner I would be v up for that even if we can't meet. It's easy to find Arabs willing to teach me their language (which is nice but I feel awkward being so much worse at Arabic than they are at English) but I don't come across many fellow learners.
Ibn jabal, though quite fast and you gotta be on top of things. The other is Ebrahim college.
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Ibn jabal, though quite fast and you gotta be on top of things. The other is Ebrahim college.
Ebrahim College looks good... I'm not a Muslim though...
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Ebrahim College looks good... I'm not a Muslim though...
Well you asked for an Arabic teaching course......these are the most popular among Muslims, they mainly do Arabic but sometimes go into Quranic Arabic though depends on the course. I'm sure there are non-muslims there.

Ibn Jabal is particularly popular at for University students in London, know quite a few people who did it and are doing it. One even after learning there began teaching there for a year.

Some offer discounts for students and those struggling with costs.
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Well you asked for an Arabic teaching course......these are the most popular among Muslims, they mainly do Arabic but sometimes go into Quranic Arabic though depends on the course. I'm sure there are non-muslims there.

Ibn Jabal is particularly popular at for University students in London, know quite a few people who did it and are doing it. One even after learning there began teaching there for a year.

Some offer discounts for students and those struggling with costs.
IDK, even if Ibrahim College let me attend I'd feel like I was intruding and doing something wrong? But I'm guessing you're not against it?
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IDK, even if Ibrahim College let me attend I'd feel like I was intruding and doing something wrong? But I'm guessing you're not against it?
It shouldn't be as their a private institution but open to all.
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IDK, even if Ibrahim College let me attend I'd feel like I was intruding and doing something wrong? But I'm guessing you're not against it?
There was a documentary aired on Iqra TV, showing a very well-known Arab scholar on his visit to the UK, and they featured Ibrahim College, who mentioned that they've had many non-Muslim students, so, it shouldn't be a problem !
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There was a documentary aired on Iqra TV, showing a very well-known Arab scholar on his visit to the UK, and they featured Ibrahim College, who mentioned that they've had many non-Muslim students, so, it shouldn't be a problem !
Yay! Their summer course for females is booked up now though
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Yay! Their summer course for females is booked up now though
I know that most mosques in the UK teach Arabic, many for free, but I wonder what would happen if a non-Muslim showed up, though .. perhaps it would be worth inquiring.
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I know that most mosques in the UK teach Arabic, many for free, but I wonder what would happen if a non-Muslim showed up, though .. perhaps it would be worth inquiring.
Lol yeah I feel too cheeky/embarrassed to enquire tbh. I don't think it's fair for me to take resources away from Muslims, at the same time though I am really ****ing poor... But I imagine it's **** enough dealing with all the Islamophobia in the UK without having to deal with non Muslims in your spaces so ethically it seems dubious for me to use a mosque for my own enrichment... Don't know what Muslim mosque attendees' opinions are though I've not done a survey
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Yay I found a mosque that will let me attend classes there
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Ah, congratulations ! Will you be the only non-Muslim, there ?
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Ah, congratulations ! Will you be the only non-Muslim, there ?
Don't think so. Was told they already have a class where half the students are non-Muslims or s/t, weirdly
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Language Transfer has a brilliant (and free) Arabic course. If you use this before doing a paid course I'm sure you'll get more for your money
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Cool thread. I'm wanting to learn Arabic too.
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Go to a Mosque, they'll teach you all the Arabic you need to know and as an added bonus pay for your trip to IS controlled Syria and Iraq
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Love learning Arabic! its great xxx
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I'm hoping to learn Arabic one day, it's a beautiful language.

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Go to a Mosque, they'll teach you all the Arabic you need to know and as an added bonus pay for your trip to IS controlled Syria and Iraq
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