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.