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Offline William T

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Levantine Arabic
« on: December 10, 2015, 05:24:28 PM »
Most of my family's first language is the Arabic spoken in Lebanon and Damascus.  I can only speak it with about the proficiency of a three year old.  I could never take an Arabic course because they teach a different dialect.  Even there my family speaks the dialect of the villages , and not the city if that information matters.  Does anyone know how to learn Levantine Arabic?  If anyone knows a class, tutor, or anything like that in the Chicago area, PM me if you don't want the information out in public.
« Last Edit: December 10, 2015, 05:28:03 PM by William T »
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Re: Levantine Arabic
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2015, 06:09:34 AM »
You might try asking the Arabic teachers at the University of Chicago for some help if you're in Chicago. Even if they don't speak the variety, they're likely to know where you can turn to get the sort of help you're looking for.

The US Defense Language Institute offers instruction in Levantine Arabic. Here's a link to their homepage: http://www.dliflc.edu/ Even if you don't want to join the military, the have very good learning materials that you might be able to get a copy of if you email them.
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Re: Levantine Arabic
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2015, 06:14:28 AM »
I know that the Pimsleur series has a course in Levantine Arabic - they call it Arabic (Eastern). It's pricey, but not "Rosetta Stone pricey."
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Re: Levantine Arabic
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2015, 06:47:38 PM »
Thanks for the replies.  Good advice.  I never thought about contacting UC.


I should also state that I have many connections to the whole Toledo-Detroit-Ann Arbor area if that is useful info for anyone else who wants to give advice.
« Last Edit: December 12, 2015, 06:49:32 PM by William T »
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"And The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth"

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Re: Levantine Arabic
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2015, 08:04:34 PM »
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