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Levantine Arabic

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Distribution of Levantine Arabic.

Levantine Arabic is a group of mutually intelligible dialects spoken in the Levant region of Western Asia.

It can be divided in North Levantine (spoken in Syria, Lebanon and parts of Turkey) and South Levantine (spoken in Jordan, Israel and Palestine). Levantine is also known as Amiya (العامية, al-ʿāmmiyya, meaning "colloquial")[1] or as Shami (شامي, šāmi, meaning "Levantine"). It can also be designated by the name of one of its main dialects: Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, or Jordanian.

This beginners course covers the urban accents of both variants. Where words or the pronunciation differ, they are marked with (N) for North and (S) for South Levantine.

Lessons cover grammar and vocabulary so that you can learn Levantine from scratch.

Table of Contents[edit | edit source]

Basics and grammar[edit | edit source]

Vocabulary[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Also spelled Ammiya, Amiyya, Ammiyya, 'Ammiyya, 'Ammiya, Amiyah, Ammiyah, Amiyyah, or Ammiyyah

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • The Olive Tree Dictionary: A Transliterated Dictionary of Eastern Arabic (Palestinian), J. Elihay, 2012, ISBN 9789657397060
  • The 101 Most Used Verbs in Spoken Arabic: Jordan and Palestine, Fridrik E. Tiedemann, 15 January 2015, ISBN 978-1-942844-41-9, 1942844417
  • Levantine Arabic Verbs: Conjugation Tables and Grammar, Matthew Aldrich, 8 July 2017, ISBN 0-9986411-3-8, 978-0998641133
  • Levantine Colloquial Arabic Vocabulary, Matthew Aldrich, 22 January 2016 , ISBN 0692622586, 978-0692622582

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