Review: Levantine Arabic Verbs by Lingualism

Levantine Arabic, Reviews
I normally only review free resources on this site (since that's pretty much all I use) but I'm breaking with that pattern for this book. Levantine Arabic Verbs by Lingualism (see my review of their site here) is quite possibly the best resource I've seen for learning Levantine Arabic Verbs in a systematic, easily referenceable manner, free or paid.  The only site that rivals it in its treatment of individual verbs is the venerable Team Maha, but there's nothing the beat the variety and scope of this book.  This book is probably the closest thing I've seen to the classic (for a reason) Barron's 501 verbs books for Levantine Arabic. Levantine Arabic Verbs starts out with a treatment of the vowels and consonants of Levantine, and then gives 97 verbs…
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Lingualism

Levantine Arabic
I don't know how it escaped my attention, but a new website with a wealth of material, much of it accessible for free, has appeared. Lingualism's main focus seems to be Arabic (Egyptian and Levantine mostly), although they also have a Spanish and a Russian site.  They have a library of listening exercises for their various (paid) publications but they also have a selection of free readings (called diaries), with a story read aloud in Levantine or Egyptian accompanied by transcripts and translation.  These are actually really useful at the beginning levels to get used to the prosody of the language (and, since they have Lebanese and Syrian narrators, to hear the subtle differences between the two varieties), and at higher levels they're a great way to practice listening for…
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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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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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Language Transfer

Greek, Levantine Arabic
Language Transfer is an organization that has put out a few high-quality language courses so far, with an aim to produce more in the future. Some of their first courses were Greek, Spanish, and Egyptian Arabic. This summer they're going back to Greece, recording a new Greek course, and scrapping the old one when the new one is done. Their courses are all free, and they all seem quite good (I've only skimmed them because they're all in languages I already speak, or am not currently learning).  The format is basically an in-classroom recording, where the teacher explains the mechanics of the language in English (they talk about this in their page on "the thinking method", which I find really resonates with my ideas and experiences about language learning and…
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