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COLLOQUIAL ARABIC COURSE
18 Lessons and Lesson Supports
Eastern Dialect


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STUDY APPROACH:

 

You will find 18 Lessons of Colloquial Arabic covering many topics of conversation

in daily interactions.

 

Take each lesson as a separate entity, study the text and compare it with the Classical

version of the text. This will give you a clear picture of how Colloquial Arabic has

been derived from Classical.

 

Statements are colored:

The Red colored statements are those of the initiator of the conversation.

The statements in blue are the Classical version of the Colloquial.

Those in black are the response.

The Green is the English translation.

 

Note: The English translation reflects the meaning of the words and the structure of the statement in order to show the student how the meaning was derived. When the statement is understood then your good translation comes in handy.

 

Each lesson is supported by a sound track. Listen to the text over and over again to familiarize yourself with the delivery. You may then change the conversation to feminine, plural or use different personal pronouns.

 

The Lesson Supports give you a review of the words, grammar and structure.

 

Good luck.

 

 

Characteristics of the Greater Syrian Dialect:

 

1)      There are variations between the Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian and Palestinian dialects but there are more similarities because of a common geography, history and culture.

2)      In each country you may also find few dialects. For instance the Palestinians living in the North region speaks Palestinian dialect with a Lebanese influence. Those in Southern Gaza Strip speak Palestinian dialect with Egyptian flair.

3)      Sometimes two neighboring towns speak the same dialect with some differences.

 

(WE TRY HERE TO INTRODUCE A COMMON DIALECT WHICH CAN BE USED AND UNDERSTOOD IN THIS GREAT SYRIA REGION)

 

4)     The pronunciations of some letters:

a.     The letter   is used exchangeable with the letter

b.    The letter    is used exchangeable with the letter

c.     The letter   is used exchangeable with the letter

d.      is pronounced like   in some cases.

e.     The letter   is pronounced in some location as is or as   or (g)

f.      The letter   is pronounced in some locations as is or like ch

 

5)     Grammar:

Personal Pronouns:

, , , , , , , , , , ,       Classical

, , ,--- , , ,---, () , , --- , , ---.  Colloquial

As you see ,   in Classical are   (for both) in Colloquial.

There are no duals , ; instead we use ,   for both Masc.& Fem.

&   in Classical become   in Colloquial (Masc. Plural is for both masc.& Fem). 

,   in Classical become  in Colloquial ( Masc. Plural is for both masc. & Fem.)

 

Personal Pronouns when connected to a noun, preposition or an adverb:

, , , , , , , , , , ,   

, , , --- , , , --- , , , ---- , , -----

There are no duals , ; instead we use ,   for both Masc.& Fem.

&   in Classical become   in Colloquial (Masc. Plural is for both masc.& Fem). 

,   in Classical become  in Colloquial ( Masc. Plural is for both masc. & Fem.)

 

(Note: In some Syrian Dialect in particular Lebanon,   becomes   )

With Prepositions:

, , , ---, , , --- , --- , , ----

 (Also in some Syrian dialect is )

 

Same with An Adverb:

, , ---, , ,--- , ---- , , ----

6) Masculine and Feminine: Same as Classical, However the () Taa Marboutal is pronounced as ()

            In Classical

            In Colloqial

 

6)      The Perfect Tense:

, , , , , , , , , , ,

, , , , , , , , , , ,

() masc. And feminine, Plural masc. ()And plural feminine ()take the form of masc. Plural ( )

, and   take the form of masc. Plural.

 

7)     The Imperfect Tense:

, , , , , , , , , , ,   in Classical.

 

, , , , , , , () , , , , .

a)     We add the letter   or  (in ).

b)    The   of the five verbs drops.

() masc. And feminine, Plural masc. ()And plural feminine ()take the form of masc. Plural ( )

, and   take the form of masc. Plural.

 

8)     The Imperative:

, , , ,   In Classical

, , , ,   In Colloquial

Notice: , , take the Masc. Plural Form. 

 

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