ECA Levels Description to Learn Egyptian Arabic

*CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. *ACTFL: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.


A1 – Breakthrough Level


Novice Low

Novice Mid

Novice High

ECA Level

Beginners Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Beginners Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Summary of Level

Student can:

  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type to learn Egyptian Arabic.
  • Introduce him/herself and others, and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 – Way stage Level 1

Intermediate Low

Elementary Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Elementary Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Elementary Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Student can:

  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance, very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment while learning Egyptian Arabic.
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1 – Threshold Level 2

Intermediate Mid

Intermediate High

Intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Student can:

  • Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
  • Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken.
  • Produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plan  that will help learn Egyptian Arabic effectively.

B2 – Vantage Level 3

Advanced Low

Advanced Mid

Upper-Intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Upper-Intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Upper-Intermediate Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Student can:

  • Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussion on his/her field of specialization.
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects to learn Egyptian Arabic more effectively, and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 – Proficient Speaker Level 4

Advanced High

Advanced Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

ECA12 B & Up
Advanced Egyptian Colloquial Arabic

Student can:

  • Understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning.
  • Express him/herself continuously without much obvious searching for expressions during learning Egyptian Arabic.
  • Use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes to learn Egyptian Arabic.
  • Produce clear well-structured and detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors, and cohesive devices.


If you are not sure about your level to learn Egyptian Arabic, we recommend to undertake an Arabic Proficiency Test with one of our teachers to determine your exact level