Kameen Shwayy 'An Haali

Kameen Shwayy 'An Haali

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A2, B1


231 pages



In book 2 of the series, 10 Levantine Arabic speakers (5 from Lebanon and 5 from Syria) x 36 questions = 360 responses. Read, listen, expand your vocabulary, and learn to express yourself better in Levantine Arabic.

Kameen Shwayy ‘An Haali (kamên šwayy 3an ɧāli كمان شْوَيّ عن حالي  A Little More About Myself) will be of tremendous help to independent language learners who want to develop their conversational skills and increase their Levantine (Lebanese and Syrian) Arabic vocabulary.

Very simply, Kameen Shwayy ‘An Haali presents the results of a survey given to 10 Levantine Arabic speakers, five from Lebanon and five from Syria. Each of the 36 sections in the book begins with a question from the survey followed by the 10 responses and a breakdown of the vocabulary. Translations in both Modern Standard Arabic and English follow. Each section concludes with a page where you are encouraged to give your own answer to the question using newly learned words and phrases.

This book is the second of a two-part series. If you are not yet at an intermediate level of Levantine Arabic, it is advised that you complete the first book, Shwayy ‘An Haali (which includes even the most basic words in the chapter glossaries) before moving on to Kameen Shwayy ‘An Haali. In Kameen Shwayy ‘An Haali, the responses are typically somewhat longer than those in the first book.

For more advanced learners, the texts appear again in the back of the book without voweling (tashkeel) or translations (Appendix B), to provide a more challenging reading experience without distractions. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) translations are also given for learners who are more proficient in MSA and can benefit from comparing the similarities and differences between it and Levantine Colloquial Arabic (LCA).

  1. How do you get around?
  2. What are you studying or what did you study in college? Or, what did you study after high school?
  3. What do you like to do in your free time?
  4. What did you do yesterday?
  5. What can be found [what is there] in your neighborhood?
  6. How is your family? Do you have a big family?
  7. Do you like traveling?
  8. What did you do this week?
  9. When did you last go to the movies?
  10. Do you like to cook?
  11. Where do you do your [grocery] shopping?
  12. What was your first ever job?
  13. What really annoys you?
  14. Do you like to read? Why? / Why not?
  15. Can you describe your appearance?
  16. What was your favorite subject at school?
  17. When was the last time you worked hard?
  18. What do you do when you hang out with your friends?
  19. What’s the most useful thing you possess?
  20. Where is the most beautiful place you have been?
  21. What do you bring with you everywhere you go?
  22. What’s the best show currently on TV?
  23. Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction books?
  24. What restaurant do you eat at most?
  25. Do you care about fashion? What style of clothes do you usually wear?
  26. How often do you stay up past 2 a.m.?
  27. Would you like to be famous?
  28. What kind of house do you live in?
  29. When do you feel the happiest?
  30. What do you do after you get up in the morning?
  31. What is your favorite drink?
  32. What is the character trait that you value the most in someone?
  33. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
  34. What is your dream job?
  35. Do you like children and pets?
  36. Who would you like to talk to right now and what would you say to them?

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3 reviews for Kameen Shwayy ‘An Haali

  1. Bernard (verified owner)

    Well, I’m sorry four sounding rude but, on the one hand, the handbook is a pure jewel, but the audio is in noway within the reach on non native speaker. It’s absolutely OUTRAGEOUS !!!!!

    Fortnunately, I was lucky to find something more accessible.

    I’ll keep your product for later.

    With great disappointement.

    Bernard Chevrier

    But, with respect, I don’t understand why you did this.

    • Lingualism (verified owner)

      Hi Bernard. I’m sorry you’re not happy with the audio. I’m not certain what you find “outrageous” or what I did, but my best guess is that the audio seemed a bit fast for you. This book is the result of a survey I did with native speakers, so they spoke naturally and off the cuff. They’re not voice actors instructed to speak super slow, for example. Generally, I’m against unnaturally slow speech because it has little benefit. You may feel false progress when you can understand the speakers, but it wouldn’t help you understand actual native speakers in real life. Admittedly, the book is not for beginners, and the audio by itself would be difficult to follow for most, but by using the transcripts and glossaries, you should be able to follow along in the book with the audio and increase your listening comprehension. It takes some time, and I understand that it may seem daunting in the beginning, but if you gradually study the materials and practice listening, it will get easier. That’s the point of the materials, and they’re meant to be challenging. That said, if it seems “outrageous”, then I would recommend putting the materials aside until you’re at the right level to benefit more from them. Good luck to you.

  2. Bernard (verified owner)

    Thank you for hour reply. I’ll follow your advice. Eh… I didn’t see any transcripts. It would have helped me a lot.

    Actually, I wrote to you about the second book,

    Same difficulties with the first one.

    Kind regards.

    • Lingualism (verified owner)

      By “transcripts”, I actually meant the Arabic texts (transcripts of the audio). The books don’t contain phonemic transcription. I recommend you come back to the book(s) in six months or a year after you’ve gotten a firm base in the language, and then they’ll seem less stressful and more useful to boost your Arabic to the next level. Best of luck in your studies!

  3. James (verified owner)

    Extremely satisfied!! I found it useful at a lower intermediate level a couple of years ago and still find myself coming back to it a couple of years later even at a higher intermediate/lower advanced level :)))) Ya3tikon el 3afiye

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