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A course like no other
Syrian Colloquial Arabic, a Functional Course (third edition) by Mary-Jane Liddicoat, Richard Lennane and Dr Iman Abdul Rahim
A 450-page illustrated and fully indexed textbook, accompanied by 180+ minutes of authentic recorded conversations (MP3s), dealing with modern colloquial Arabic as it is spoken in Syria.
Our course focuses on practical, everyday language useful to the foreign resident.
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Fun and useful
The 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.
Just for Syria? Not at all!
The Arabic taught in our course is very similar to that spoken in other parts of the Middle East including Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.
We have had positive feedback from many who have used our material to study in these countries and at a few people have found it useful in Iraq.
Our material is used by several foreign services around the world to teach their diplomats, and a wide variety of universities.