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Learn Iraqi Arabic through conversations

Iraq is a country of extremely rich multiculturalism and history -- and unsurprisingly, the language that is primarily spoken there today is just as delightfully rich linguistically. Within the borders of Iraq was once Mesopotamia, one of the greatest ancient civilizations known to humankind and home to various cultures for centuries. Iraqi Arabic still treasures and preserves these great cultures in its spoken form. The language has many borrowed words and linguistic influences from Akkadian, Persian, Kurdish, Turkish, and most notably, Aramaic, the once lingua franca of Mesopotamia.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Iraqi Arabic language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Iraqi Arabic culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Iraqi Arabic culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

Didn’t catch that? Hear it again at a conversational speed, hover over for phonetics, or click on the word for an articulated narration. Tone your accent against native speaker audio by activating the voice comparison tool.

Course Overview

Learn Iraqi Arabic language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Iraqi Arabic

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1People
  • 2Travel
  • 3Activities
  • 4Places
  • Chapter 1 - Who Are You?
  • Chapter 2 - We are Family
  • Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You
  • Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home
  • Chapter 5 - Where did you go to school?
  • Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”
  • Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money
  • Chapter 3 - In My Closet
  • Chapter 4 - Shop till you Drop
  • Chapter 5 - X Marks the Spot
  • Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports
  • Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer
  • Chapter 3 - What are you Doing this Weekend?
  • Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party
  • Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place
  • Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well
  • Chapter 2 - Let's Eat
  • Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That
  • Chapter 4 - Help!
  • Chapter 5 - What is the Emergency?

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Who Are You?

Conversational Goals

  • Greet others and bid them farewell
  • Identify subject pronouns
  • Introduce yourself formally
  • Meet new people

Grammar Goals

  • Distinguish the difference between letters such as ت and ب
  • Recognize the significance of initial and medial positions of letters

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - We are Family

Conversational Goals

  • Ask questions regarding familial relationships
  • Describe someone in relation to family members
  • Introduce someone else

Grammar Goals

  • Recognize how letters join depending on their location
  • Use demonstrative pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Getting to Know You

Conversational Goals

  • Articulate feelings
  • Describe physical characteristics
  • Express interest
  • Inquire about a stranger

Grammar Goals

  • Identify long vowels such as أ , و , and ي
  • Use verbs in the infinitive

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - There’s No Place Like Home

Conversational Goals

  • Explain that you are a non-native speaker
  • Explain where you are from
  • Identify languages and countries
  • Inquire about someone’s ability to speak a language

Grammar Goals

  • Learn prepositions
  • Use the verb "to speak"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Where did you go to school?

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss the merits of a school
  • Inquire about programs

Grammar Goals

  • Understand how words change gender using ة
  • Use ال in sentences in conjunction with nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for clarification
  • Provide and obtain new information
  • Request new vocabulary

Grammar Goals

  • Learn how to use interrogative prefixes such as أ
  • Recognize and use definite articles

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money

Conversational Goals

  • Ask the price for something
  • Buy a ticket for travel
  • Count
  • Negotiate

Grammar Goals

  • Understand and use the numeral system
  • Understand various vowel changes

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - In My Closet

Conversational Goals

  • Express future plans
  • Identify various articles of clothing
  • Question statements made by others

Grammar Goals

  • Recognize gendered nouns
  • Recognize not all letters are connectors, such as و

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Shop till you Drop

Conversational Goals

  • Acquire necessities
  • Find places to shop
  • Gather information from a native speaker
  • Inquire about shops in the local area

Grammar Goals

  • Recognize the conjugated forms of the verb "to buy"
  • Use the verb يخسر , or "to lose"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - X Marks the Spot

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for and receive directions
  • Describe the location of one object in relation to another

Grammar Goals

  • Create interrogative phrases
  • Use prepositions of location

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Time to Play Sports

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss sports and exercises
  • Express time relationships
  • Invite someone to join you

Grammar Goals

  • Recognize the use of verbs in the future tense
  • Use verbs in the past tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer

Conversational Goals

  • Ask about vacations and seasonal opportunities
  • Discuss the four seasons
  • Discuss the months of the year

Grammar Goals

  • Identify and use adjectives and adverbs
  • Recognize the vocative particle يا

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - What are you Doing this Weekend?

Conversational Goals

  • Converse about the days of the week
  • Make plans for the weekend
  • Talk about age and birthdays
  • Use the terms weekday and weekend

Grammar Goals

  • Use the modal verb "should"
  • Use the present progressive tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Party

Conversational Goals

  • Make future plans
  • Tell time

Grammar Goals

  • Form prepositional phrases
  • Use indefinite nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss this Place

Conversational Goals

  • Prepare for a departure
  • Strengthen relationships

Grammar Goals

  • Use adverbs
  • Use the present perfect continuous tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for medication
  • Describe symptoms
  • Speak to a pharmacist

Grammar Goals

  • Recognize nouns referring to the human anatomy
  • Use the verb "to need"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Let's Eat

Conversational Goals

  • Identify items on the dinner table
  • Offer assistance
  • Order a meal
  • Understand the customs of local dining

Grammar Goals

  • Use possessive pronouns
  • Use the conditional tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That

Conversational Goals

  • Ask whether a dish contains certain ingredients
  • Explain that you require a special diet
  • Give compliments
  • Reference senses

Grammar Goals

  • Use adjectives in reference to food
  • Use conjunctions

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Help!

Conversational Goals

  • Ask questions
  • Declare that a problem exists
  • State that you do not know something

Grammar Goals

  • Recognize and use the verb "to find"
  • Use "wh-" question words

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - What is the Emergency?

Conversational Goals

  • Answer questions
  • Request emergency aid

Grammar Goals

  • Form a passive construction
  • Use the past tense of the verb "to have"

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