November 4, 2015

Colloquial Palestinian Arabic

Colloquial Palestinian Dialect: An Introduction to Palestinian Arabic

Colloquial Palestinian Arabic is a rich exploration of language and culture 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 globe.

Designed specifically for non-native speakers, Colloquial Palestinian Arabic 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.

Before using Colloquial Palestinian Arabic, students should have a working knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. Since the majority of the material in the book is presented in Arabic (grammar explanations and some cultural references are given in English to ensure student comprehension), it is suggested that students have previously completed at least three semesters of Arabic and have a general understanding of the written language. Recognizing the difficulties that the pronunciation of written Arabic may present to the non-native speaker, the Arabic in this book has been vocalized (vowelled) to provide a phonetic guide that gives students the tools they need to successfully comprehend and replicate the correct sounds of Palestinian Arabic.

With Recorded Audio MP3 Program: Native voices from Palestine are used to expose the learner to natural speech patterns and contexts.

Praise for Popular Proverbs

By Kisma
This book is very helpful for those hoping to learn a colloquial dialect. The vocabulary will teach you words you need to know for everyday situations, so those who are hoping to converse with native speakers can start right away. The charts are comprehensive and provide all the different tenses, along with recordings that can help you with pronunciation. I highly recommend this book.
The one thing people should know is that the publisher’s website allows you to read the whole book online for free. Secondly, there is an audio CD that comes with the book if you purchase a printed copy from the publisher.
This is the only book I’ve found on Palestinian Arabi that is printed with Arabic script. The book assumes you’ve had about three semesters of Modern Standard Arabic. Vocabulary words, for example, do not list English definitions for the most part but the MSA equivalent. It looks like the book is filled with important vocabulary words for conversation, grammar details to help you become more fluent, and a great deal of cultural information.

 Where to order: Colloquial Palestinian Arabic