I Was Not Created to Stay (Jordanian)

I Was Not Created to Stay (Jordanian)

(6 customer reviews)

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B1, B2


45 pages



In the life of all human beings, there is a specific person or event that changes your entire life and turns it upside down. This is Joury’s story.

This book is specifically Jordanian Arabic.

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The  Levantine Arabic Readers series aims to provide learners with much-needed exposure to authentic language. The fifteen books in the series are at a similar level (B1-B2) and can be read in any order. The stories are a fun and flexible tool for building vocabulary, improving language skills, and developing overall fluency. 

The main text is presented on even-numbered pages with tashkeel (diacritics) to aid in reading, while parallel English translations on odd-numbered pages are there to help you better understand new words and idioms. A second version of the text is given at the back of the book, without the distraction of tashkeel and translations, for those who are up to the challenge.

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6 reviews for I Was Not Created to Stay (Jordanian)

  1. Laura

    Laura (verified owner)

    This is the second book I read from the collection and I loved it. It was a little bit more challenging than the previous one and this challenge was most welcome. I am a firm believer of the comprehensible input theory and as I understood ca 95% of the text without tashkeel and translation, I truly felt immersed in the story.

    I will continue to purchase these little stories, I am finding them truly beneficial.

  2. Ian


    I have six of the Levantine Arabic books now, 3 Jordanian and 3 Palestinian Arabic. I have to stay that these are superb resources for anyone wishing to learn colloquial, authentic Arabic as most people speak it in either Jordan and Palestine and of course across the Levant.

    I have loads of other resources Lingualism has put out in Levantine and all have furthered my speaking ability, confirmed by many native Arabic speakers I have engaged with. These latest story offerings are sorely needed in the marketplace and considering they come with audio as well, I cannot recommend them highly enough. All stories are engaging and insightful into Arabic usage but also into cultural nuance, so important when trying to gain a foothold into another language speaker’s world. This is not a paid review but a customer review who has invested time and money into many of Lingualism’s resources. Go on, buy these and take a massisve step toward your language achievement goals!

  3. Jens


    This is my first book in the series, but now I want to get all of them. It’s great to find material on this level (B1/B2) and I’m amazed at how much I can learn from each page – this is exactly what I needed. The story is interesting too.

    Highly recommended.

  4. Sindri

    Sindri (verified owner)

    I have read the majority of the Levantine books (all of the sub catgories) and the majority of Egyptian books as well, and this story was the most moving of the ones I have yet read.

  5. Rashidah


    This is a great reader, and I’m learning a lot from it. And I’m excited to read the other stories in the Jordanian dialect! Thank you so much! However, I have found the English translation to not always be very precise and the English to not always be correct. It seems like the author wrote the English translation and there wasn’t detailed proofreading by a native English speaker afterwards. I know this from my own observation but also because, after reading through it on my own, I’m now working through it with my Jordanian teacher. There are ideas missing from the English version, and some expressions in Arabic are mistranslated into English. This is a bit unfortunate because a reader should be an accurate self-study tool. However, overall, this is a great resource, and I’m very grateful for how it makes reading in Arabic accessible for me.

  6. dotan

    dotan (verified owner)

    Great book. It’s the 4th book i’m reading on this website and actually all of them are great. It’s a wonderful resource for intermediate level students.

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