It can be divided in North Levantine (spoken in Syria, Lebanon and parts of Turkey) and South Levantine (spoken in Jordan, Israel and Palestine). Levantine is also known as Amiya (العامية, al-ʿāmmiyya, meaning "colloquial") or as Shami (شامي, šāmi, meaning "Levantine"). It can also be designated by the name of one of its main dialects: Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, or Jordanian.
This beginners course covers the urban accents of both variants. Where words or the pronunciation differ, they are marked wit (N) for North and (S) for South Levantine.
Lessons cover grammar and vocabulary so that you can learn Levantine from scratch.
Basics and grammarEdit
- Introduction and greetings (saying hello, goodbye, introducing yourself)
- Countries and nationalities (where you live, where you're from)
- Time (time of the day and telling time)
- Asking for the date (days, weeks, months, years, seasons)
- Food, drink, and restaurant
- Shopping and bargaining (asking for price, ask when shops are open, etc.)
- Transportation and directions
- Parts of the body
- House (furniture, clothes, etc.)
- Verbs of motion (come, go, return, enter; walk, run, swim, climb, etc.)
- Also spelled Ammiya, Amiyya, Ammiyya, 'Ammiyya, 'Ammiya, Amiyah, Ammiyah, Amiyyah, or Ammiyyah
- The Olive Tree Dictionary: A Transliterated Dictionary of Eastern Arabic (Palestinian), J. Elihay, 2012, ISBN 9789657397060
- The 101 Most Used Verbs in Spoken Arabic: Jordan and Palestine, Fridrik E. Tiedemann, 15 January 2015, ISBN 9781942844419, 1942844417
- Levantine Arabic Verbs: Conjugation Tables and Grammar, Matthew Aldrich, 8 July 2017, ISBN 0998641138, 978-0998641133