The Olive Tree Dictionary: A Transliterated Dictionary Of Conversational Eastern Arabic (Palestinian)
Arguably the most comprehensive dictionary of spoken Arabict dialect available today, The Olive Tree dictionary by J. Elihay contains 784 pages, 9,000 entries, 17,000 phrases, and an index of 4,000 English words. It is designed to help English speakers acquire a working knowledge of colloquial Arabic, i.e. the Palestinian dialect.
Through the use of an innovative method, Arabic words are transliterated phonetically into English characters. All entries in the dictionary are clear, descriptive, and easy to read. Each entry contains a modern translation, which includes at least one sentence demonstrating correct pronunciation and usage. All entries are based on thousands of recording hours, containing authentic conversations made by native Arabic speakers.
Again, thanks to its central geographic location, the Palestinian dialect is understood throughout the Arabic-speaking Middle East. Users of the dictionary will find it to be both practical and easy to use, and that it will prove to be their passport to the Arabic-speaking world. It is highly recommended to use this dictionary in conjunction with the Speaking Arabic: A Course in Conversational Eastern Arabic coursebooks written by the same author.
Palestinian Arabic Learning Resources: Dictionaries
A Transliterated English-Arabic Pocket Dictionary of Conversational Eastern Arabic
This pocket English-Arabic dictionary of the Palestinian dialect offers a varied and practical basic vocabulary of 1,000 words, together with 1,500 sentences drawn from everyday speech that illustrate how each word should be used.
The dictionary’s contents appear in precise Latin transliteration that includes indication of where the stress should fall, enabling the user immediately to pronounce each word and phrase clearly and accurately.
This little book is a convenient and practical tool both for learners seeking a way to communicate with Arabic-speakers and for more advanced students who wish to enlarge their vocabulary and acquire a more idiomatic knowledge of the language.