shprakh wrote:I'm just here to say that I find Lebanese Arabic the most pleasant sounding dialect there is. The lack of resources is really a shame. I'm focusing on Egyptian but I will learn some Lebanese in the future. I'm more likely to meet Lebanese Arabic speakers here anyway.
Is it me or Lebanese pronunciation is a bit harder than Egyptian? With all those schwa. I don't know if there are rules for when to pronounce the schwa.
shprakh wrote:Hi, Meera. Spoken Lebanese looked like a phrasebook to me. I don't like using such books. Anyway, I will be focusing on Egyptian and period! Otherwise I will never learn Arabic :p
nuur wrote:After I've mastered MSA, I'm thinking about taking on the Lebanese dialect, but the resources are quite shallow. Only found "Spoken Lebanese" and it's not much. The Pimsleur for Eastern Arabic is teaching the Syrian dialect. Is there something really good for that dialect, except for moving right into that country?
I already know a few words, but obviously they are the easiest (Bonjour, bye, please)
Meera wrote:Also the Al Kitaab updated versions have both the Levantine and Egyptian dialect, it has videos and vocabulary of both.
Meera wrote:Hello everyone! I want to revive this thread because I'm now taking a class in Levantine Arabic. I'm using Haiki bil-lebnani, it is online textbook for Lebanese and if you are interested in Lebanese I highly recommend. That isn't saying much since there isn't much for Lebanese, but I'm loving the site so far. The dialogues are pretty useful and unlike al-kitaab the website actually writes them out for you to follow along with! I only wish they have an upper level site too
vijayjohn wrote:Ahleen! Hi everyone! I've finally decided to start posting on the Arabic forum and try to begin the process of reviving what little I know of Arabic (especially Levantine Arabic and more specifically Shami/Damascus dialect - those are the same thing, aren't they?). I haven't had the luck of running into any Arabic-speakers lately, but who cares? It's a useful language (far more in demand than a lot of the other languages I've been learning, if not necessarily for the right reasons...), there are tons of Lebanese people here anyway (if not also people from other parts of the Levant), and it even makes sense in a way since I know some Turkish and a tiny bit of Egyptian Arabic (and have been studying a few African languages). Besides, it's (sort of) my first foray into the Semitic family, and Semitic languages are somewhat interesting to me in terms of their typology since they're spoken in both Africa and the Middle East.
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