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Wonderful language for anyone serving in the military to add to their arsenal. This course includes both Saudi and Levantine dialects of Arabic.
This Introduction to Levantine Arabic Pronunciation consists of two parts: The booklet presently in hand, and approximately nine and one-half hours of accompanying tape recordings . The two are designed, first, to teach the student to recognize the major points of phonological interference between Levantine Arabic and (most of the more common dialects of ) American English as well as the significant phonological contrasts within this dialect of Arabic itself, and, secondly, to provide the student with a model for mimicry.
Levantine Arabic as used here refers to a dialect of educated Palestinians who have been long-term residents of Beirut . This dialect is mutually intelligible with most urban dialects of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestine. From a purely phonological point of view, however, most of the problems (for speakers of American English ) that occur within this dialect also occur in most of the Arabic dialects from Iraq through North Africa, as well as occurring also in Classical Arabic . Consequently, this course can also be used for dialects other than Levantine Arabic.
The Hijazi dialect is not "pure" Saudi Arabic, and reflects recent borrowings from other dialects, especially Egyptian, Jordanian and Palestinian; for this reason, sometimes one word or expression was selected from several which may be heard, and sometimes alternative expressions are introduced , since two or even three forms may be in frequent use. Since there is no "standard" Hijazi dialect, this book reflects the dialect as spoken in Jidda. Whenever forced to choose between language usage in the other Hijazi cities and that of Jidda, the Jidda usage was given preference.
After completion of this book , the student should have attained a "working " proficiency in the language (approximately S-2 level by the FSI rating system). In other words , the student will be able to satisfy routine social demands and limited business requirements, carry on conversations regarding a wide range of general subjects (asking directions, ordering a meal, giving personal information, making purchases, etc.) and comprehend speech about such subjects at a normal rate of speed. This book will provide a student with all the basic grammatical structures of the dialect, so that he will be ready to proceed on his own to acquire the speed and new vocabulary which lead to real fluency.
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