Speaking Arabic: A Course in Conversational Eastern Arabic (Palestinian)
The Speaking Arabic series of books and recordings (4 books, 5 CDs) is designed to help English speakers acquire a working knowledge of colloquial Palestinian Arabic. The course is intended for students who, rather than contenting themselves with a superficial acquaintance with the language, strive to attain fluency and a high-level of comprehension.
The fifty lessons that comprise the course combine an extensive review of the grammatical structure, morphology and syntax of colloquial Arabic – all explained in clear and accessible language – with a wide-ranging vocabulary of some 2,500 words.
Although the course is intended for independent study, it is equally suitable for classroom use.
Because of its central geographic location, the Palestinian dialect is understood throughout the Arabic-speaking Middle East (you can use it in Jordan, where there is a large Palestinian population, and it is understood in Egypt, too), and those who acquire it can easily make the transition to the dialects of Syria and Lebanon. Book 4 concludes with a special lesson that demonstrates the close relationship between these dialects, together with examples of the slight differences that characterize each.
Students who follow this course of study will find it to be both practical and user-friendly, and that it will prove to be their passport to the Arabic-speaking world.
Palestinian Arabic Learning Resources: Coursebooks
Eastern Arabic: An Introduction to Palestinian Arabic
This volume, originally published under the title Jerusalem Arabic, is the gold standard for anyone beginning to learn the Arabic spoken by Palestinians, or those who live in Jordan, Syria or Lebanon.
Written in transcription using the Roman alphabet, the Jerusalem dialect is a central Middle Eastern dialect and is recognized by Arabs virtually anywhere―in large part due to the Palestinian diaspora―and a good choice for anyone wishing to learn a base Arabic dialect. Enhanced by audio MP3 files, Eastern Arabic provides the best available structured introduction to the essential features and vocabulary of spoken Palestinian Arabic.
Colloquial Palestinian Arabic: An Introduction to the Spoken Dialect
Colloquial Palestinian Arabic is designed to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in learning the spoken dialect of Palestine and the surrounding region. By focusing on the Palestinian dialect, students will find that they are able to acquire the necessary skills to effectively communicate in Arabic not only in Palestine but throughout the Middle East and around the world.
Designed specifically for non-native speakers, this unique book provides an essential foundation in spoken Arabic by focusing on the structure, pronunciation, vocabulary, culture, grammar, and daily use of the language. With this exciting new program students will broaden their horizons, acquire new skills, and gain invaluable insight that will further prepare them to become global citizens.
Hakini Arabi: Palestinian and Jordanian Colloquial Arabic for Beginners
Hakini Arabi is designed to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in learning the spoken dialects of Palestine, Jordan and the surrounding region. By focusing on the three overreaching groups of dialectical variations -- Jordanian, Palestinian Urban, and Palestinian/Jordanian Rural -- of the Palestinian and Jordanian dialects, students will find that they are able to acquire the necessary skills to effectively communicate with Arabs not only in Palestine and Jordan but throughout the Middle East.
Through implementation of recent second language acquisition theory and combining traditional teaching methodologies with more recent ones, the book aspires to develop the learners’ linguistic, communicative, and intercultural competences.