Eastern Arabic

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440 pp., 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781589018990 (1589018990)

October 2011

Georgetown Classics in Arabic Languages and Linguistics series


Table of Contents
Pronunciation MP3 Files
Units1-9 MP3 Files
Units10-19 MP3 Files
Units20-30 MP3 Files

Eastern Arabic
Frank A. Rice and Majed F. Sa'id
Foreword by Margaret Nydell

The Middle East has become an increasingly important place in the minds and concerns of the English-speaking world. This volume, originally published under the title Jerusalem Arabic, is the gold standard for anyone beginning to learn the Arabic spoken by Palestinians, or those who live in Syria or Lebanon.

Written in transcription using the Roman alphabet, the "Levantine" Arabic, or Jerusalem dialect, is a central Middle Eastern dialect and is recognized by Arabs virtually anywhere—in large part due to the Palestinian diaspora—and a good choice for anyone wishing to learn a base Arabic dialect. Enhanced by audio MP3 files—available for free download at www.press.georgetown.edu—Eastern Arabic provides the best available structured introduction to the essential features and vocabulary of spoken Palestinian Arabic.

Karin C. Ryding and Margarett Nydell

Table of Contents
Contents of the MP3 Files
Arabic Research at Georgetown University
Foreword to the Georgetown Classics Edition
The Sounds of Arabic
Pronunciation Practices


1. Greetings and courtesy expressions.
2. Directions. Numbers 1-10.
3. Arrival. Numbers 11-20
4. Getting around; Numbers 20-100 by tens.
5. Requests and information; Numbers 21-29.
6. Where is it? Numbers 100-1,000 by hundreds.
7. Introductions
8. Family and children
9. Where have you been?
10. In a coffee shop
11. Telling time
12. Eating out
13. Buying some cloth
14. At the tailor's
15. Speaking Arabic
16. Buying fruits and vegetables
17. Invalids
18. A political figure
19. Friends. Higher numbers
20. A radio station— I
21. A radio station— II
22. Filling out applications
23. Goods and services
24. From New York to Beirut
25. The program of the new cabinet—I
26. The program of the new cabinet—II
27. Telephone conversations
28. A Juha story
29. A village
30. Going home

Vocabulary 1 Arabic-English
Vocabulary 2 English-Arabic