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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#teammaha = GOAT*

Levantine Arabic
Chris Hitchcock and the wizards over on the Team Nisreen side of the ever-incredible #teammaha have put out a PDF of their Fusha to Shami guide which, in my not terribly humble opinion, rivals MANY of the paid resources out there.  Do yourself a favor and download it هلأ.   *GOAT = greatest of all time, in modern (c. 2017) internet-speak.
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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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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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