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Arabic, Levantine

Are you ready for your Eastern Mediterranean adventure? Soak in the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, indulge in delectable meze, and dance the night away alongside the Levant’s finest Dabke dancers. As one of the most widely spoken dialects along the Eastern Mediterranean Coast, learning this language will connect you to 20 million speakers in the region and around the globe. Learn the language and explore the Levant alongside the locals.

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Building the basics.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes
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    Building the basics.

    Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes

    • Express Gratitude
    • Greet People
    • Make Small Talk with Strangers
    • Say Goodbye
    • Be Introduced to Verbless Sentences
    • Learn How to Form Questions
    • Learn the Singular Subject Pronouns, First and Second Person
    • Use the Vocative
  • Do You Speak English?
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    Building the basics.

    Do You Speak English?

    • Ask and Tell Where Someone is From
    • Ask Whether Someone Speaks a Language
    • Get Someone's Attention
    • Be Introduced to Verbal Negation
    • Learn Present Tense Verbs in First and Second Person
    • Use the Preposition مِن
  • Names and Introductions
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    Building the basics.

    Names and Introductions

    • Ask Someone's Name
    • Become Familiar with Arabic Names
    • Introduce Yourself and Another Person
    • Respond to Introductions
    • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something
    • Form Feminine Nouns and Adjectives
    • Learn Singular Demonstrative Pronouns
    • Learn the First and Second Person Singular Possessive Suffixes
    • Negate Verbless Sentences
  • Getting Around
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Around

    • Ask for Directions
    • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
    • Identify Important Places and Facilities Around Town
    • Understand Directions as They Are Given to You
    • Be Introduced to the Definite Article
    • Be Introduced to the Idaafa (Possessive) Construction
    • Be Introduced to the Imperative
    • Form Masculine and Feminine Adjectives
    • Learn and Use Locative Prepositions
  • Shopping and Payment
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    Building the basics.

    Shopping and Payment

    • Count up to 99
    • Deal with Currency in the Levant
    • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores
    • Apply Number - Noun Agreement
    • Learn Present Tense, First and Second Person Singular
    • Learn Regular and Irregular Plurals
    • Use the Singular Distal Demonstratives
    • Use عِنْد to Express "To Have"
  • Drinks and Dining
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    Building the basics.

    Drinks and Dining

    • Gain Insight into Levantine Food Culture
    • Order Drinks and Meals
    • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants
    • Learn the Special Request Verbs بتريدي , بتريد , ممكن
    • Practice Second Person Singular Present Tense Verbs
    • Use Serial Verb Constructions
  • Numbers and Currency
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    Building the basics.

    Numbers and Currency

    • Discuss Payment Methods
    • Handle Currency with Ease
    • Ride a Taxi and Pay the Fare
    • Understand How to Use Numbers
    • Apply Adjective - Noun Suffix and Definiteness Agreement
    • Learn the Adjective - Noun Word Order
    • Practice the Idaafa Construction
  • Getting Help
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Help

    • Accept or Decline Help
    • Ask for and Offer Help
    • Describe Emergency Situations
    • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services in the Levant
    • Be Introduced to Past Tense
    • Be Introduced to Present Continuous
    • Learn the Object Pronouns ـِك , ـَك , and نِِي
    • Practice Noun - Adjective Agreement
    • Practice the Possessive Suffixes
  • What Does That Mean?
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    Building the basics.

    What Does That Mean?

    • Ask / Answer What a Written Word or Phrase Says
    • Ask and Tell What a Written Word or Phrase Means
    • Communicate Your Ability to Understand Something
    • Request to Repeat, Slow Down, or Speak Up
    • Be Introduced to First Person Plural, Present Tense
    • Be Introduced to the Relative Pronoun يَلّي
    • Learn the Polite Requests فِيكِي فِيك إِزَا بِتْرِيد فِينِي .
    • Practice Past Tense and Present Continuous
    • Practice Serial Verb Constructions
  • Languages and Communication
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    Building the basics.

    Languages and Communication

    • Ask About and Discuss Your Performance
    • Ask and Tell What Something Is
    • Give and Respond to a Compliment
    • Request or Agree to Speak a Particular Language
    • Say That You Are Learning Something
    • Learn Negative Orders
    • Learn the Simple Past and the Present Perfect Continuous صَارْلـ
    • Use the Tag Questions مُو , مَا , and اِيه
    • Use فَيكِي , فِيك , and فِيكُون in Affirmative Sentences

Expanding the essentials.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • People and Animals
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    Expanding the essentials.

    People and Animals

    • Address Family Members Using Kinship Words
    • Comment on Pets
    • Talk About Personality Types
    • Form Sentences With the Relative Pronoun اللّي
    • Learn the Personal Pronouns هوِّ and هيِّ
    • Practice Regular Plural and Dual Forms
    • Practice عند to Express "To Have"
    • Use the Possessive Suffixes and Learn هوْن
  • At Home
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    Expanding the essentials.

    At Home

    • Describe What Color Something Is
    • Refer to General Places
    • Refer to Rooms and Locations in a House
    • Use Location and Relational Words
    • Apply the Plural Imperative Suffix و
    • Express "Have" with في
    • Form the Feminine Adjectives for Colors
    • Use the Feminine Imperative Suffix ي
    • Use the Plural Object Pronoun نا
  • Small Talk
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Small Talk

    • Discuss Plans
    • Offer an Explanation
    • Offer, Accept, or Politely Decline an Invitation
    • Talk About Careers and Professions
    • Talk About Pastimes and Celebrations
    • Be Introduced to بيكون and بيكون
    • Learn the Causal Marker لأنّو
    • Practice the Plural Pattern ين
    • Understand the Use of the Future Marker رح
    • Use the Third Person Masculine Singular Present Tense
  • Making Acquaintance
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Making Acquaintance

    • Inquire About Somebody's Present and Past Habits
    • Offer to Buy Something for Someone
    • Start a Conversation
    • Be Introduced to the Comparative Form and Ordinal Numbers
    • Learn Another Form of Idaafa Construction
    • Understand How to Use مانِك , مانَك ... etc., and ممكن
    • Use the Third Person Feminine Singular Present Tense
    • Use كان and كنت to Talk About Past Habits
  • Eating and Cooking
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Eating and Cooking

    • Learn About Local and Cultural Food and Drinks
    • Offer to Help Prepare a Dish
    • Say You Like or Dislike Certain Dishes
    • Talk About the Ingredients of a Dish
    • Tell Others How to Prepare a Dish
    • Be Introduced to the Demonstrative Adjective هَـ
    • Form the Second Person Plural Present Tense
    • Practice the Present Tense, the Imperative Form, and Object Suffixes
    • Use Present Tense for Requests
    • Use لَ to Express Intention
  • Weather and Landscape
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Weather and Landscape

    • Describe the Land
    • Describe the Weather, Climate, and Seasons
    • Express Liking
    • Make Small Talk on Excursions
    • Use Proper Measurement for Temperature and Distance
    • Use تعال + Subjunctive in Suggestions
    • Conjugate the Verb After ممكن
    • Form Negative Sentences with مانه and مو
    • Review the Comparative Form
    • Use مبيِّن as "It Seems/It Looks"
  • Shopping
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Shopping

    • Express Your Needs and Wants
    • Inquire About Store Hours
    • Name Different Types of Stores
    • Understand Different Measurements and Weights
    • Be Introduced to the Third Person Plural Present Tense
    • Employ the Subjunctive in Suggestions
    • Practice the Dual Form
    • Use Quantifiers
    • Use لازم to Express Need and Obligation
  • Banking and Post Office
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Banking and Post Office

    • Offer Your Services to Someone
    • Run Errands at the Bank
    • Use Basic Banking and Financial Terms
    • Use the Post Office
    • Express "Have" with معي
    • Practice لازم
    • Understand How the Pronouns ياه ياها ياهوْن Are Used
    • Use the Third Person Feminine Singular Verb
  • Leisure Activities
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Leisure Activities

    • Ask and Talk About Plans
    • Invite Someone to Do Something
    • Make Plans and Talk About a Change of Plans
    • Remind Someone to Bring Something
    • Suggest Going Somewhere or Doing Something
    • Form the Active Participle
    • Form the Plural of Adjectives
    • Recognize the Invitation Form تعال + Imperative
    • Use كان بدّي to Express What You Wanted to Do
  • Sightseeing
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Sightseeing

    • Ask About a Famous Person and Local History
    • Ask for Suggestions or Suggest Places to Visit
    • Discuss Various Places of Interest
    • Suggest to Visit Renowned Places
    • Talk or Ask About Plans
    • Form Relative Sentences
    • Learn How to Use بعد ما and أبل ما
    • Learn the Demonstrative Adjectives / Pronouns هدول and هدوليك
    • Practice ماضي - Past Tense
    • Use the Plural Personal Pronouns نحنا هنّن انتو

Broadening boundaries.

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  • Culture, Literature, and Art
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Culture, Literature, and Art

    • Discuss Cultural Events
    • Say If You Are Familiar with Someone or Something
    • Talk About Local Authors, Musicians, and Artists
    • Derive Nationalities from Country Names
    • Form Regular Masculine Plural Nouns
    • Learn How to Use the Indirect Speech
    • Practice the Past Tense and Non-Human Plurals Agreement
    • Use إله , إلْها , and إلْهوْن to Express Ownership
  • At the Hospital
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    Broadening boundaries.

    At the Hospital

    • Ask and Respond to Medical Questions
    • Ask Someone to Take You to a Doctor or to the Hospital
    • Describe Feelings of Pain or Illness
    • Name a Kind of Medicine
    • Wish Someone Good Health or Express Concern
    • Derive and Use the Passive Participle اسم المفعول
    • Learn the Passive Verb
    • Review the Active Participle اسم الفاعل
    • Review لازم
    • Use خايف يكون to Express Fear About Something
  • Express Thoughts and Feelings
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Express Thoughts and Feelings

    • Describe or Explain Your Emotions
    • Express Feelings
    • Learn and Use Expressions with the Word "God"
    • Offer Sympathy
    • Construct Stative Adjectives
    • Form the Third Person Singular Feminine in the Past Tense
    • Learn and Use إنّو as "That"
    • Learn the Verb Zero Form
    • Use the Subjunctive to Express Wishes
  • Higher Learning
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Higher Learning

    • Ask and Discuss What School Somebody Attended
    • Ask and Talk About School Life
    • Discuss the Merits of a School
    • Express Pride
    • Inquire About and Discuss Fields of Study
    • Form the Third Person Plural of Past Tense
    • Learn a New Possessive Structure تبعي تبعتي
    • Learn How to Form Phrases with Superlative Adjectives
    • Practice the Negative Imperative
    • Practice Using Comparative Adjectives in Sentences
  • History
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    Broadening boundaries.

    History

    • Discuss Recent National Events
    • Discuss the Levant's Origin
    • Talk About Local Historical People and Events
    • Talk About Wars and Other Historical Events
    • Form New Structures with كان
    • Learn to Form Dates with the Year
    • Learn to Say "...Is the One Who"
    • Use a Pronoun in Nominal Sentences with a Definite Predicate
    • Use صار in Various Structures
  • Name Origins
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Name Origins

    • Ask About the Origin of a Name
    • Comment on Someone’s Name
    • Describe the Nature of a Guest’s Visit
    • Identify Your Relationship with Someone
    • Use Various Expressions to Introduce Someone
    • Learn How to Form Nouns That Denote Family Relationships
    • Practice the Possessive and Object Pronoun Endings
    • Review Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns
    • Use the Preposition على in New Contexts
  • Dietary Restrictions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Dietary Restrictions

    • Ask If Someone Wants to Try a Type of Food
    • Comment on Food
    • Talk About Dietary Habits
    • Talk About Hunger and Food Cravings
    • Talk About the Ingredients in a Dish
    • Express "Contains" with في + an Ending
    • Express Consequence with the Expression منشان هيك
    • Practice the Phrase على بالَك
    • Review Stative Adjectives
    • Use بما إنو as "Since" or "Because"
  • Physical Descriptions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Physical Descriptions

    • Add Humor to a Situation
    • Describe Someone’s Appearance
    • Express Uncertainty
    • Describe Past Continuous Actions with كان
    • Familiarize Yourself with Plural Adjectives
    • Practice Adjective-Noun Agreement with Color Adjectives
    • Use أنَّو with a Pronoun Ending
    • Use اللّي + Noun + Possessive Ending + Adjective to Describe People
  • Getting Ready for the Party
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Getting Ready for the Party

    • Compliment Someone on Their Clothing or Appearance
    • Express That One Event is Dependent on Another
    • Say You Have to Verify Something
    • Talk About Personal Care and Grooming
    • Connect Sentences Using بينما
    • Form the Present Tense from Basic Forms with ا
    • Practice forming sentences with بعد ما and أبل ما
    • Use the Expression ياخد العئل
    • Use the Pattern شو + Demonstrative Noun + Definite Adjective in Exclamations
  • Sports and Fitness
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Sports and Fitness

    • Comment on an Activity and Its Effects
    • Discuss Sport and Exercise Habits
    • Invite Someone to Join a Group
    • Form Adjectives from Feminine Nouns
    • Practice Using منشان هيك
    • Review Stative Adjectives
    • Use رغم إنو

Continuing with confidence.

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  • Going Through Customs
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Going Through Customs

    • Interact with Airport Employees
    • Present and Request Identification
    • Understand and Respond to Security Questions and Commands
    • Conjugate Some Verbs Ending with ى
    • Conjugate Verbs Ending with ا + Consonant
    • Derive Adverbs from Nouns Using ب
    • Form the Active Participle from a Four-Letter Base
    • Review Relative Clauses
  • At the Hotel
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Hotel

    • Check into and out of a Hotel
    • Discuss Hotel Features and Services
    • Offer Help
    • Be Introduced to مصدر
    • Conjugate Verbs with Four or More Letters in the Base That Start with ا
    • Learn New Forms of Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
  • Renting a Home
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Renting a Home

    • Accentuate the Positive Aspects of a Living Space
    • Discuss Features of Homes or Apartments
    • Inquire About Possible Homes
    • Outline Steps to Take Before Moving In
    • Form Adverbs with بشكل
    • Learn More مصدر Forms
    • Practice في as "Have" or "There Is/Are"
    • Reinforce the Conjugation of Verbs with Four or More Letters Starting with ا
    • Use إِلـ + an Ending to Say "Have" or "There Is (Are)"
  • Utilities and Appliances
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Utilities and Appliances

    • Ask for a Technician or Repairman
    • Describe a Problem with a Utility or Appliance
    • Discuss Setting up Utilities
    • Establish a Time Frame for Services
    • Give Contact and Billing Information
    • Learn New مصدر Forms
    • Practice Comparative Adjectives
    • Review and Practice the Passive
    • Use ئِدر as "Can"
  • Choosing a School
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Choosing a School

    • Discuss Schooling Options
    • Discuss the Consequences of a Decision
    • Express Opinion
    • Mention Hearsay
    • Talk About Features of Schools
    • Be Introduced to Improbable Conditional Sentences
    • Practice Relative Clauses and Clauses with إنّو
    • Review Ways to Say "Have"
    • Use منشان and بحيث إنو to Express Intention
  • Emergency Situations
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Emergency Situations

    • Describe an Emergency Situation
    • Express Fear and Urgency
    • Request and Offer Emergency Aid
    • Request or Provide an Address or Location
    • Be introduced to خَلَّى
    • Practice More with Imperative Forms
    • Use the Expression بعد إزنَك
  • Household Chores
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Household Chores

    • Apologize and Ask for Forgiveness
    • Ask Someone to Do a Chore
    • Describe Feelings of Anger
    • Express Annoyance
    • Give an Excuse
    • Form the Plural of Some Three-Letter Based Nouns
    • Learn How to Say, "...Want Someone To..."
    • Practice Negation with ما + an Ending
    • Use أول ما
  • At the Beauty Salon
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Beauty Salon

    • Discuss Beauty Salon Services
    • Make and Ask About Appointments
    • Request and Discuss Hair Styles
    • Practice Comparative Forms
    • Reinforce the Use of the Object Pronoun ياه
    • Use كان + the Present Tense to Express a Past State
  • Making Plans
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Making Plans

    • Discuss Certain Obligations
    • Discuss When Events Occur
    • Remind Someone of an Event
    • Talk About a Person’s Availability
    • Explore New Meanings of ممكن
    • Express Wishes with يا ريت
    • Learn New Passive Forms
    • Practice Different Usages and Meanings of كان
  • At the Movies
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Movies

    • Describe Aspects of Movie Making
    • Discuss a Movie or Acting
    • Give a Contrary Opinion
    • Learn the Idiomatic Expression فايت بالحيط
    • Practice a New Conditional Structure
    • Practice the Possessive Structure تبع