Curso de grego

Greek
Um simples curso para aprender expressões básicas em grego.  Tem o alfabeto grego e o alfabeto latino também, então pode usa-lo do começo mesmo que não sabe o alfabeto grego, PORÉM deve aprende-lo...Precisará de ele quando avançar e o alfabeto latino é um apoio desnecessário. Se procura algo que pode te ajudar aprender só algumas frases ou palavras, é uma boa ferramenta.  
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The motherlode

Levantine Arabic
An awesome user at the /r/learn_arabic sub-reddit on Reddit has put in some major work and is making what is already one of the best resources for Lebanese Arabic I have ever seen (and he's just getting started!).  It's called Yalla! Learn Lebanese, and it is spectacular. So far he has numbers, colors, verb forms, greetings, a map of Lebanon, food and kitchen related words, and an answer key for Shou Fi Ma Fi.  He's even got the new مشروع ليلى song "3 Minutes" (which, if you haven't heard it, what the hell are you doing with your life?).  Best part?  NO A BARE MINIMUM OF FREAKING TRANSLITERATION!!!  Transliteration is the bane of my damn existence, especially when it comes to dealing with vernacular Arabic, and fortunately his site has very…
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Sleepless in Athens

Sleepless in Athens

Greek
Is your Greek learning lacking that certain je ne sais quoi that only illicit romantic tension can bring? Do you find yourself thinking language learning would be more engaging if it involved Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (or their Greek analogs)? You do? Really? Wait...really?? ΟΚ...well, good news, because Papaloizos Publications has the dialogues from their Modern Greek textbook acted out and on YouTube for you! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1CB0013B4A5C3EB3[/embed] The dialogues follow Nikos and Anna, from their meet-cute in a museum, which is apparently filled with some kind of amnesiac gas because they ask each others' names about 500 times, to Nikos stalking Anna on the boardwalk, to their first date where Nikos drops a bombshell, to the fiery conclusion of their torrid, doomed affair through the rest of their questionably appropriate interactions.…
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Griego moderno en YouTube

Greek
¿Quieres aprender el griego pero no quieres hacerlo por medio de ingles? Bueno, te presento Juanjo Fantoso que te enseñará algunas básicas palabras y frases en griego. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZrFrWywdBn12Qc1x7XqECf65lyg63nt1[/embed]
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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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Another page of Greek resources

Greek
Alex over at RawLangs has his own page of free Greek language learning resources.  We have some overlap because we're both old(ish) hands at the whole scraping-together-language-learning-resources game and because, let's face it, there sadly aren't that many resources for Modern Greek out there, as compared to French, Spanish, German, Mandarin, etc. (which is one of the reasons the site you're reading exists, to gather as many of them as possible into one place).  However, he includes some I haven't and they are definitely worth a look.  Check out his site in general, as well.  I like his approach and he has some keen insights.
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Jordanian Arabic Grammar Guide

Levantine Arabic
The Peace Corps has a great Jordanian (i.e. Levantine) Arabic grammar guide that does an excellent job covering the basics including past, present, and future verb conjugation and the basics of adjective declension.  It's actually an invaluable quick reference. Jordanian Arabic Grammar: A short guide for beginners
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The politics of being white in a brown domain

Levantine Arabic
With recent events (in the town I live in, no less), this seems like a great time to post one of my favorite articles from one of my favorite blogs. Here's the key point: I am constantly aware that race, power, and privilege are all hopelessly entangled in the process of learning a foreign language and living in someone else’s country. No matter how fluent I become...I’ll always be a white person navigating Arabic. And that journey will always be a political one. Read the rest of "The Politics of White People Speaking Arabic" at #TeamMaha now
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