Spoken Arabic Simplified

General language learning, Levantine Arabic
A while back I stumbled upon this YouTube channel with short (1-3 min average) lessons on Levantine Arabic (Palestinian variety from what I can see).  Each video focuses on a part of speech like verbs or adverbs, and has concurrent word-for-word and idiomatic translation of the phrases spoken. This particular YouTuber seems to also speak several other languages and has a smattering of videos in those languages as well, but the bulk of their content seems to be focused on Levantine Arabic. Here's a sample, be sure to check out the channel for more: [embed]http://youtu.be/wnCBtK1pPNU[/embed]
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Be well!

General language learning, Greek, Levantine Arabic
Languages of Life had post recently entitled "The verb سلم/يسلم" all about, as you might guess if you read Arabic script, the verb silem and it's various uses. If you're studying Arabic make sure to check out the original post as it's very worthwhile, but I want to pull out a couple of points that will be of interest to people who are learning or who speak Greek or Arabic. تسلم/تسلمي (tislam/tislami), which translates to “be well” is one of the many expressions for “thank you” that you’ll hear in the Levant. I’ve heard this expression used more frequently than شكرا (shukran) when indicating thanks. There's a phrase used to mean both thank you, and as a response to thank you in Greek: να'σαι/να'στε καλά (nase/naste kala...from να + είσαι/είστε…
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Lexical similarities between Greek and Levantine Arabic

Lexical similarities between Greek and Levantine Arabic

General language learning, Greece, Greek, Levantine Arabic
One of the reasons I choose Levantine as the variety of Arabic I wanted to study, aside from my fascination with Lebanon as a francophone, and the widespread intelligibility of the language due to Lebanese media, was the interaction since ancient times between the Levant as it's traditionally understood today (Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Cyprus, Israel) and the wider historical Levant, essentially the eastern Mediterranean including Egypt and Greece. [caption id="attachment_168" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Yes, what I'm saying is essentially Mr. Robot is the human embodiment of the wider Levant.  Seriously, Google Rami Malek.[/caption] Now of course in almost no case of extended contact between two language groups does either language emerge completely uninfluenced by the other (hell, the entire Balkan Sprachbund is a testament to the power of areal influence…
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Transparent Language Greek Blog

General language learning, Greek
Transparent Language is a company that specializes in education products for a variety of languages, but one of my favorite offerings of theirs are their language blogs, which have a wealth of information on the idioms, slang, and culture(s) that informed and are informed by the languages in question. The Greek blog is no exception, from this post on the many uses of the word χαλάω (to break) to this one with video, a transcript, a quiz and an answer key this blog is an invaluable resource mainly for intermediate learners, but has tidbits that will be of interest and use to beginning and advanced learners as well. Transparent Language Greek Blog
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Readlang just got awesome-r

General language learning, Greek, Levantine Arabic
Readlang is a freemium web app (and Chrome extension, which I highly recommend) that allows you to translate words on the fly while you read content in your target language.  As such, it's not really meant for total beginners, but as soon as you have some basic vocabulary under your belt you can find web content that matches your level (and more importantly your interests) and get to work. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Read about this. But in Greek.[/caption]   The older version of Readlang would let you click on a word and it would replace it with a translation in your source language.  They've now included an option to instead underline the selected word and have the translation appear above, which is an incredible improvement; it preserves the flow…
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