Beginning Learner’s Levantine Arabic Dictionary

Beginning Learner’s Levantine Arabic Dictionary

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180 pages




A1, A2, B1

  • Over 1,600 common words, phrases, and expressions
  • Over 1,900 example sentences with translations
  • Grammar and usage notes
  • English-Arabic Index

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Whether you are a complete newcomer to the Arabic language or have previously studied Modern Standard Arabic or a colloquial dialect, the Beginning Learner’s Levantine Arabic Dictionary will help you gain a solid foundation in Arabic as it is spoken today. Beyond just being a reference in which to look up words to understand what you hear or express yourself, this dictionary is designed to be a self-study tool which you can explore to build your core vocabulary and understanding of the language through the headwords, translations, grammar and usage notes, example sentences, and free downloadable audio tracks.

The Beginning Learner’s Levantine Arabic Dictionary is meant to be more than a reference in which to look up unknown words. It is a study tool to expand your lexicon and build a solid base in both vocabulary and grammar. You are encouraged to read through entry after entry, studying the structure of the example sentences, and practice your listening skills and pronunciation while listening to the accompanying audio tracks. 

An English-Arabic index makes it easy to locate the Arabic headword you need and learn more about its pronunciation, grammar, and usage.

Levantine Arabic is an umbrella term that refers to the spoken varieties in the northeastern corner of the Arab world, including Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. As there are small differences in vocabulary, pronunciation, and even grammar from region to region, it is not possible or practical to document and include all of the variations. Instead, for the sake of simplicity and consistency, we have chosen the Beiruti dialect as a basis for this dictionary. This does not imply that Beiruti (Lebanese) Arabic is in any way superior to other regional varieties. That said, you should find it easy to communicate with people throughout the Levant using what you learn in this book. There will be subtle differences, but these you can note, as needed, to hone your style to match a regional variety, if that is your goal.

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13 reviews for Beginning Learner’s Levantine Arabic Dictionary

  1. Silvy

    Silvy (verified owner)

    Great! Love it! Exactly what I want and need in my IPad when I am learning Levantine with my friend/teacher, happy!

  2. Will

    Will (verified owner)

    I think is great but could I read this book in kindle too?

    • Lingualism

      I believe you can read any PDF on the Kindle app/device. You just need to email the PDF to a special email address that’s listed in the app’s settings. Here’s a How-To:

  3. Peter

    Peter (verified owner)

    Like other Lingualism books I’ve used this one provides lots of examples of useful everyday expressions, and the audiofiles are a great help when you polish your pronounciation – in my experience speakers of Levantine arabic clearly understand what you say. Another indispensable volume from this publisher.

  4. Ghol

    Ghol (verified owner)

    It is great and I hope this dictionary grows in the future instead of another product , and hopefully in version 2 we will see 3k+ words and so one version 3 and 4…

  5. Richard

    Richard (verified owner)

    Re: Beginning Learners Levantine Dictionary

    To learn a language, you need a system. This is not news.

    The infant, beginning a lifelong adjustment to the world, deploys a language learning system: listen and repeat, listen and respond, listen and react. LISTEN.

    We can emulate the all-ears infant if we have the right combination of time and resources and motivation. You can move to the country where the language is spoken, live there, begin reading and listening and eventually talking and writing. No problem. But you will still need a dictionary.

    Many of us are not likely to be able to move to the new language environment. Instead, we need to learn, without listening and responding 24/7, like every infant does. And we still need a dictionary.

    This is where LINGUALISM.COM comes in. It’s reassuring to be exposed to a masterful language learning system. Your initial forays into a new language benefit greatly by confidence that you are in good hands, trusting your dedication to people who know what they are doing.

    I recently bought a copy of this book and am just beginning to use it. So far, my initial exposure to this dictionary has been confidence-building and reassuring. This book is one of a series of LINGUALISM books, several of which I already own and all of which combine practical steps to immediate information, but always with the ultimate goal in mind – language mastery.

    Beginning Learners Levantine Dictionary takes a new and refreshing approach to word lookup. This approach is typical of the masterful command of goal-oriented teaching that I have found in all of the LINGUALISM books.

    English and Arabic are structured so differently, it’s hard to simply look up a word in one language and be carried effortlessly to a comparable word in the other language. LINGUALISM has found a way to do this.

    The two-fold problem with Arabic-English word lookup is that Arabic words are built on a system of three (occasionally, four) letters, roots, that are used to form many different words, which are related but that, obviously, have different meanings. A second big challenge on the Arabic side of word look-up is the widespread application of prefixes to the three-letter Arabic root. (There are suffixes too, but that doesn’t pose an initial lookup problem for an Arabic-English dictionary.)

    This book offers an approach to word lookup that no other dictionary I know, provides. The dictionary lists words alphabetically with each entry containing grammatical data and examples. you are advised that you may need to drop the prefix off before you can find the word you want. Guess what, as you learn to do that, you are learning more and more Arabic.

    There is also an English word index, which is helpful too, and which makes this a two-way dictionary.

    The creators of this book are courageous – as are you my friend, who is studying Levantine Arabic – and undeterred by the fact that the Arabic under consideration could be considered slang, or on a slow day, a dialect of Arabic. Nor should we turn aside from the fact that there are different ways to spell words used in the Levantine. No matter. Persistence is one of your better qualities.

    Labels and titles fall away as language learning deepens and broadens. So get this dictionary and stick to your goal, and you will discover you learn necessary information plus information that only becomes necessary after you learn it and throw it on the pile. What is a “buffer consonant” anyway? When you find out, leave a comment.

  6. Emile

    Emile (verified owner)

    The Beginner’s dictionary is very helpful. Thank you.
    I particularly appreciate the reader’s clear diction and pleasant voice.

  7. Isabel


    I love it! It is fun to read, has a lot of examples and has a very good audio qualitiy. As in one of the previews commentes I would love a bigger edition, and I would love more note about the orogin of words. Thank you!

  8. Tom

    Tom (verified owner)

    Great to have the PDF version which I sent to kindle, a good compromise by selecting the most common words and thankfully adding it into useful sentences.

    Another big plus is having this in Levantine dialect. The number of times I’ve learnt words and verbs only to be told no-one actually uses those much! Please keep turning up good products. I use Arabic Voices 1 which is also well put together.

  9. Jason


    I purchased this book, as well as Levantine Arabic Verbs, and couldn’t have made a smarter investment in my language learning. The way both books and the accompanying audio resources systematically “unpack” what can be dense and intimidating grammatical concepts to a native English speakers, is is phenomenally clear, coherent, and concise. I can tell already that I will consult these books for years to come as my Arabic evolves. Buying both is money well spent!

  10. Harry

    Harry (verified owner)

    The layout and design of this dictionary is excellent, with very helpful comments on some of the words. The example sentences are great as they build on each other too and help to understand grammar. I am using this dictionary in conjunction with the anki deck, and I am very happy with my purchase! It’s really the best beginner’s dictionary out there!

  11. mark

    mark (verified owner)

    This book is so incredible. I use the blogs on this website and cross reference to both the Levantine dictionary and the Palestinian verb book (my teacher is in Gaza). Amazing investment.

  12. Christina


    This is a must, but as another reviewer also wrote: please create more dictionaries! I’d love one for each level beginner-advanced and please, please write some for Egyptian as well! A great product, but I did notice that it lacks lots of words, especially when i’m watching tv-series/films in Levantine dialects and then the words are not in the dictionary.

  13. Aaron

    Aaron (verified owner)

    This is an excellent resource for those learning Levantine Arabic! It has many of the most important words that you need to begin understanding in communicating in Shaami. I often reference this book when I need to remember how to a word or construction, or for spelling of words in dialect.

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