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Arabic Dialects


Bergman, Elizabeth M.

Spoken Algerian Arabic. 2005.

This work is made up of three parts. The first part is a grammar sketch that describes the distinguishing features of Spoken Algerian Arabic (SAA). The second part of the work consists of sample conversations transcribed from SAA audio recordings. An English translation follows the SAA selections along with glossary of both Arabic and French terms that occur in each selection. The third part is a two-part glossary that lists Arabic and French words and phrases that occur in the audio selections. The first part of the glossary consists of Arabic terms and the second part French terms.



Al-Ekhnawy, Kamal.

Arabi Liblib: Egyptian Colloquial Arabic for the Advanced Learner. 1: Adjectives and Descriptions. 2011.

This first volume, Adjectives and Descriptions, focuses on the many expressions used to describe people, their characteristics, their behaviors, and their attitudes. Each entry is given fully voweled followed by its feminine form and plural, and definitions (including connotation) and explanations are given in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic.

Al-Ekhnawy, Kamal.

Arabi Liblib: Egyptian Colloquial Arabic for the Advanced Learner. 2: Proverbs. 2011.

The learner will advance from knowing how to form a good sentence to being able to express his or her thoughts about the ups and downs of daily life using culturally appropriate phrases.Each entry is given fully voweled, and definitions (including connotation) and explanations are given in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. The book also contains a large number of exercises.


Feghali, Habaka J.

Gulf Arabic: The Dialects of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, and Oman. 2008.

This book is divided into three parts. Part One is devoted to a brief grammar that outlines the essential linguistic features and dialectal peculiarities of the Kuwaiti, Bahraini, Qatari, UAE, and Omani dialects. Part Two consists of 50 selections, vocabulary, and notes. Part Three of this book is a glossary containing about 2,500 items.


Feghali, Habaka J.

Gulf Arabic: The Dialects of Riyadh & Eastern Saudi Arabia. 2004.

The book begins with a brief grammar that outlines the dialectical peculiarities of Riyadh and the Eastern Saudi dialects. The 45 reading selections, which are the heart of this study, are based on spontaneous and unrehearsed recordings made by native speakers of the Saudi dialects. A composite glossary of some 2,000 terms is provided at the end of the book.


Holes, Clive.

Colloquial Arabic of the Gulf (Colloquial Series). Routledge, 2010.

Specially written by an expert for self-study and classroom use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to spoken Arabic of the Gulf, together with an introduction to reading signs, business cards, advertisements and other realia. No prior knowledge of the language is required.


Omar, Margaret K.

Saudi Arabic: Urban Hijazi Dialect, Basic Course (Arabic Edition). Audio-Forum, 2000.


Alkalesi, Yasin.

Iraqi Phrasebook : The Complete Language Guide for Contemporary Iraq. McGraw-Hill, 2004.

The only language guide of its kind, the Iraqi Phrasebook provides you with the Iraqi-Arabic phrases you'll need to communicate effectively in general travel, medical, and security situations, as well as with ordinary Iraqis on the street.


Alkalesi, Yasin M.

Modern Iraqi Arabic with MP3 Files, Second Edition: Modern Iraqi Arabic with MP3 Files: A Textbook (Arabic Edition). Georgetown University Press, 2006.

Using the dialect of middle-class Baghdad, twenty lessons are arranged in a story-like format and are based on everyday travel situations. From arriving at the airport to getting to the hotel, students will learn proper greetings and introductions; how to ask for directions, take a taxi, and tell time; and prepare for daily activities like visiting the bank, museum, post office, and restaurants. The book contains basic dialogue, grammar, vocabulary, drills, and an extensive glossary.


Bergman, Elizabeth M.

Sketch Grammar of Spoken Iraqi Arabic. Dunwoody Press, 2005.

This outline or handbook describes the main features of the Spoken Iraqi Arabic (SIA) of Baghdad. It highlights features that distinguish this dialect from Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and may serve as a bridge between the learner's knowledge of MSA and SIA.


Erwin, Wallace M.

A BASIC COURSE IN IRAQI ARABIC with MP3 Audio Files (Georgetown Classics in Arabic Language and Linguistics) (Arabic Edition). 2004.

A comprehensive introduction to Iraqi Arabic for beginners (with Iraqi-English and English-Iraqi glossaries) this is the language spoken by Muslim Baghdad residents, transcribed and not in Arabic script. It does not assume prior knowledge of Arabic.


Wolfe, Ronald G.

A Dictionary of Iraqi Arabic: English-Arabic, Arabic-English (Georgetown Classics in Arabic Languages and Linguistics series) (Arabic Edition). 2003.

A Short Reference Grammar of Iraqi Arabic is the only volume of its kind, reflecting Iraqi Arabic as spoken by Muslims in Baghdad. With all the Arabic transcribed, it is written for beginners as well as Arabic speakers wanting to learn the dialect.


Dickinson, Eerik.

Spoken Libyan Arabic. Dunwoody Press, 2004.

The aim of this book (with a cassette tape or a Audio CD) is to aid the student possessing a background in Modern Standard Arabic to comprehend the spoken Libyan dialect, or, more precisely, the two main urban dialects, that of Tripoli in the west and Benghazi in the East. The two speakers in the dialogues are from Tripoli and from the countryside surrounding Benghazi.


Sounkalo, Jiddou.

Spoken Hassaniya Arabic. Dunwoody Press, 2008.

The first section consists 30 selections based on audio recordings of native Hassaniya speakers from Mauritania and the United States. Each selection comprises the Hassaniya transcription, the phonetic transcription, and a vocabulary list when needed.


Chekayri, Abdellah.

An Introduction to Moroccan Arabic and Culture (Arabic Edition). Georgetown University Press, 2011.

An Introduction to Moroccan Arabic and Culture and the accompanying multimedia DVD are designed to enable students to communicate effectively using Moroccan Arabic. Since Moroccan Arabic is rarely written or used in formal communication, the strength of the book lies in training learners in speaking and listening skills that can be used in everyday situations.


Harrell, Richard S.

A Dictionary of Moroccan Arabic: Moroccan-English/English-Moroccan (Georgetown Classics in Arabic Languages and Linguistics series) (Arabic Edition). 2010.

This classic volume presents the core vocabulary of everyday life in Morocco -- from the kitchen to the mosque, from the hardware store to the natural world of plants and animals. It contains myriad examples of usage, including formulaic phrases and idiomatic expressions. Understandable throughout the nation, it is based primarily on the standard dialect of Moroccans from the cities of Fez, Rabat, and Casablanca.


Sakulich, Aaron.

Moroccan Arabic: Shnoo the Hell is Going On H'naa? A Practical Guide to Learning Moroccan Darija - the Arabic Dialect of Morocco (2nd edition). 2011.

Finally, a straight-forward and easy to use primer for learning Moroccan Arabic - and now, new and improved in this 2nd edition. It incorporates reader suggestions and features more details on the transliteration system, additional words, new word lists, and the text has been completely revised and re-edited.


Elihay, J.

Speaking Arabic : English - Spoken Palestinian Arabic Self Instruction Course (Parts 1+2+3) (Speaking Arabic). Minerva Publishing, 2010.

Speaking Arabic series of books and recordings (4 books, 5 CDs) is designed to help English speakers acquire a working knowledge of colloquial Palestinian Arabic. The course is intended for students who, rather than contenting themselves with a superficial acquaintance with the language, strive to attain fluency and a high level of comprehension.


Isleem, Nasser M.

Colloquial Palestinian Arabic: An Introduction to the Spoken Dialect (Arabic Edition). Alucen Learning, 2010.

Colloquial Palestinian Arabic is designed to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in learning the spoken dialect of Palestine and the surrounding region. Designed specifically for non-native speakers, this unique book provides an essential foundation in spoken Arabic by focusing on the structure, pronunciation, vocabulary, culture, grammar, and daily use of the language.


Rice, Frank A.

Eastern Arabic with MP3 Files (Georgetown Classics in Arabic Languages and Linguistics series) (Arabic Edition). 2005.

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.


Stowasser, Karl.

A Dictionary of Syrian Arabic: English-Arabic (Georgetown Classics in Arabic Languages and Linguistics series). 2004.

A Dictionary of Syrian Arabic provides Syrian terms for the language spoken in everyday life by Muslims primarily in Damascus, but understandable throughout Syria as well as in the broader linguistic areas of present-day Lebanon, Jordan, and among the Palestinians and the Arabic-speaking population of Israel. Entries include examples, idioms, and common phrases to illustrate usage.


Bergman, Elizabeth M.

Spoken Sudanese Arabic: Grammar, Dialogues, and Glossary. Dunwoody Press, 2002.

This is the first book-length treatment of Spoken Sudanese Arabic for English speakers since 1979. The book opens with a grammar sketch which describes sounds, word-building, phrase and sentence structure, and discourse in Sudanese Arabic.


Brustad, Kristen.

The Syntax of Spoken Arabic: A Comparative Study of Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian, and Kuwaiti Dialects (Arabic Edition). Georgetown University Press, 2000.

This book is the first comparative study of the syntax of Arabic dialects, based on natural language data recorded in Morocco, Egypt, Syria, and Kuwait. Kristen E. Brustad has adopted an analytical approach that is both functional and descriptive, combining insights from discourse analysis, language typology, and pragmatics.



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