The synopsis of a book titled "Colloquial Arabic" says: "...the Arabic in use in the individual countries can differ as widely as Spanish and Italian. I had no idea it was quite like this. I suppose it depends on many factors, such as, who is speaking. Does this comparison hold a lot of truth behind it? Does learning MSA even give me much of a head start when I eventually start learning one of the dialects? It slightly worries me because I want to learn a language that will allow me to converse, which I know is possible to a certain extent with MSA, but I've only read countless times that it's not really appropriate.