Saim wrote:I just wanted to know which is the actually one people study when they say they are learning 'Aramaic' or 'Syriac' and which one there are more resources for. Assyrian and Chaldean Neo-Aramaic seem to have more speakers than Turoyo/Suryoyo, but Suryoyo has a news broadcast on YouTube and various other resources. So I don't know which one to actually learn.
Like you, I want to learn this language. I have learned a lot of things about the various dialects and their peoples. For one thing, speakers of Chaldean don't know how to read or write in their language. The Arabs forbid it. So it's difficult to learn it by books and such. You need an actual native speaker. Here is a video of them teaching Chaldean:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar2BK2ihIRk
At 35:60 they start to explain things in English. Look at the youtube comments and you'll see a lot of interesting stuff. Chaldeans consider their language and culture distinct from Assyrians. However, Assyrians say Chaldeans are Assyrians. If you learn Chaldean, you'll be able to understand Neo-Aramaic and vice versa. According to Assyrians I've encountered, they've all said they can understand Chaldean perfectly without prior exposure. The only thing that confuses Assyrians is different words and accents. Assyrians are spread out all over the Middle East. So the dialects have Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and even Greek terms in their lexicon (as with many languages, they are picking up English words too).
So if you want to learn Chaldean, be advised that the language is only spoken orally. So learning it by reading it and writing it means you most likely have to learn it on your own. There are books on Chaldean:
Introductory Chaldean:https://www.amazon.com/Introductory-Cha ... n+language
Chaldean Grammar:https://www.amazon.com/Chaldean-Grammar ... n+language
Therefore, your best bet for learning Assyrian is the Neo-Aramaic variety. There are more speakers, more resources, and they can read and write their language better. Here is a phrasebook I bought. It's not a grammar guide. Just a phrasebook with some brief grammar info:
Modern Aramaic:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/07818 ... 6CB5TZ4B0Q
The youtube channel The Light From the East from the East has a lot of audio for how it sounds if you're not opposed to hearing Christian related topics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvKASladyj0
I bought the phrasebook, started learning a few words, then I watched some videos on that channel and I thought, "Wow. I can understand the odd word here and there. He said 'good' and he said 'thank you' there."
There's also this web forum with Assyrians on it. They discuss all things Assyrian, including their language:http://www.assyrianvoice.net/forum/inde ... #msg894245
Need anymore just ask.