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Want to learn to tweet in Arabic? Twitter lessons on the horizon

A Dubai-based languages institute announced on Monday it was to start offering Arabic lessons on Twitter, the social networking website.

Followers of Eton Institute on twitter will from September 1 be able to learn Arabic through short lessons offered on a daily basis on the popular internet service.

Dr Eli Abi Rached, managing director of Eton Institute said: "Learning the Arabic language doesn't have to be a chore. By offering short and easy to remember lessons on twitter we hope to make the learning process as simple as a ‘tweet' which can be followed on a daily basis."

The short lessons in Arabic will include basic words and sentences such as saying ‘hello' and ‘goodbye' to introducing oneself and asking for directions.

The daily lessons will further develop into real world situations such as on the job, hobbies, talking about school, daily routines, making travel arrangements, around town, etc.

All lessons will be in Arabic - English transliteration and will include its English equivalent so it is easy to understand and follow, Rached added.

"With latest gadgets and smart phones, followers can receive the lessons straight to their mobile phones or emails which can make the learning even more interesting and people can start applying what they have learnt immediately in practical situations," he said.

The lessons will be offered everyday from Sunday to Thursday starting from September 1. Registered users of twitter can follow Eton Institute on www.twitter.com/EtonInstitute to receive the daily Arabic lessons.

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