This resource offers a free chapter with audio and illustrations of their textbook for learning the colloquial Syrian Arabic spoken in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
Free Syrian Colloquial Arabic Course
Syrian Colloquial Arabic, a Functional Course by Mary-Jane Liddicoat, Richard Lennane and Dr Iman Abdul Rahim, 1998 ISBN 0-646-36958-X
Syrian Colloquial Arabic, a Functional Course is a 400-page illustrated and fully indexed textbook, accompanied by 180 minutes of authentic recorded conversations.
It deals with modern colloquial Arabic as it is spoken in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, with an emphasis on practical, everyday language useful to the foreign resident.
Use it for:
* with a teacher
* or in a class.
The downloadable book leads you through a variety of real-life situations, and the language necessary to deal with them — directing a taxi, negotiating for a hotel room, haggling with the greengrocer, speaking on the telephone, and so on.
This practical material has also been carefully fitted to a structured exposition of Arabic grammar. Read more about our methodology.
The book also covers basic reading and writing.
While written Arabic is generally Modern Standard Arabic, an ability to read road and shop signs, Arabic numbers, restaurant menus and bills, and to write your name and telephone number is a valuable skill for the Arabic speaker.
The book is fully transliterated and can be used without learning to read Arabic, but we do recommend making the extra effort as this will help you if you go on to study Modern Standard Arabic.
With comprehensive vocabulary lists and full index, Syrian Colloquial Arabic is designed to be a handy reference even after you have finished the course!