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Imagine traveling back in time to Mesopotamia and visiting the breathtaking expanse of the Nineveh plains—the language you would most likely hear spoken there is Chaldean Aramaic. A semitic language with rich history, it has been used in religious contexts for centuries, and its alphabet has served as a basis for the Hebrew and Arabic alphabets, among other languages. Today, it is mainly spoken in areas of present day Iran and Iraq, as well as within the Chaldean diaspora. This course was created in partnership with the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce and Chaldean Community Foundation in Detroit, Michigan.

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 Chaldean Aramaic language structure.

Culture Notes

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

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Course Overview

Learn Chaldean Aramaic language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Chaldean Aramaic

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Basics
  • Chapter 1 - Say Hello
  • Chapter 2 - Talk About Yourself
  • Chapter 3 - Directions
  • Chapter 4 - Times and Days
  • Chapter 5 - Weather and Seasons
  • Chapter 6 - How Do You Say This In Syriac?
  • Chapter 7 - Chores And Ailments
  • Chapter 8 - Shopping
  • Chapter 9 - Welcome to Our House
  • Chapter 10 - At the Dining Table

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Say Hello

Conversational Goals

  • Engage in Conversation
  • Express Gratitude
  • Greet People
  • Say "Goodbye"

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to the Imperative Form
  • Form Possessive and Prepositional Structures
  • Learn ܗܘܵܝܵܐ (To Be) in the Present Tense
  • Understand the Use of Masculine and Feminine Adjectives
  • Use Personal Pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Talk About Yourself

Conversational Goals

  • Ask and Tell Where Someone Is From
  • Ask Someone if They Speak, Read, Write a Language
  • Ask Someone What Their Name Is
  • Become Familiar with Names and Culture of Syriac
  • Introduce Yourself and Someone Else, and Respond to Introductions

Grammar Goals

  • Negate Sentences
  • Form Nationality Nouns
  • Learn Simple Present Verbs
  • Learn Singular Demonstrative Pronouns
  • Practice Possessive Suffixes

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - Directions

Conversational Goals

  • Ask Someone to Help You with Directions
  • Describe Locations for Someone
  • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
  • Understand How Directions Are Given to You

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Compound Words
  • Form Imperatives
  • Form Possessive Structures
  • Learn and Use Locative Prepositions
  • Learn The Verb ܐܝܼܬܼ (There Is)

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Times and Days

Conversational Goals

  • Ask and Tell Time and Date
  • Request That Someone Does Something
  • Express the Distance Using Time
  • Tell Event’s Starting and Ending Time

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Plural Nouns
  • Learn How to Use Numbers
  • Learn the Masculine & Feminine Forms of Numbers 1 - 10
  • Practice the Imperative

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Weather and Seasons

Conversational Goals

  • Express Admiration
  • Express Likes, Dislikes, and Preferences
  • Talk About the Weather

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Object Suffixes
  • Form Comparative Adjectives
  • Learn Numbers 10 -100
  • Practice Present Tense Verbs
  • Use Adverbs of Frequency

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 6 - How Do You Say This In Syriac?

Conversational Goals

  • Ask/Answer What the Meaning of a Word or Phrase Is
  • Ask/Tell What a Written Word or Phrase Means
  • Ask/Tell What One Is Doing
  • Request to Repeat, Slow Down, or Speak Up

Grammar Goals

  • Be introduced to Present Progressive
  • Learn How to Form the Verb "Can"
  • Practice Object Suffixes
  • Practice the Present Tense
  • Use Demonstrative Pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 7 - Chores And Ailments

Conversational Goals

  • Describe Health Situations
  • Express Obligation
  • Offer Help
  • Talk About Body Parts and Ailments
  • Talk About What One Is Doing

Grammar Goals

  • Be Introduced to Future Tense
  • Form Sentences With ܣܢܝܼܩܵܐ to Express "Have To"
  • Practice Present Progressive Tense
  • Practice the Imperative
  • Understand How to Use ܐܝܼܬܼ to Say "Have"

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 8 - Shopping

Conversational Goals

  • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores
  • Understand How to Use Numbers
  • Understand Syriac Food Culture

Grammar Goals

  • Learn Regular and Irregular Plurals
  • Practice Numbers
  • Practice the Imperative
  • Use ܐܝܼܬܼ to Express "To Have" and Form its Negation

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 9 - Welcome to Our House

Conversational Goals

  • Refer to Rooms and Locations in a House
  • Describe What Color Something Is
  • Make a Suggestion
  • Use Location and Relational Words

Grammar Goals

  • Practice the Plural Object Pronoun ܟܼܘܼܢ
  • Use ܒ or ܒܓܵܘܸܐ ܕ to Express Location
  • Practice Plural Nouns
  • Practice ܫܘܼܕ in Suggestions
  • Use Color Adjectives

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 10 - At the Dining Table

Conversational Goals

  • Learn About Syriac Cultural Food and Drinks
  • Offer to Help Prepare a Dish
  • Say You Like or Dislike Certain Foods
  • Tell Others How to Prepare a Dish

Grammar Goals

  • Practice Frequency Adverbs
  • Practice the Imperative Form and the Object Suffixes
  • Use ܣܢܝܼܩܵܐ to Express "Need"

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