Since Standard Arabic is not generally spoken in everyday life, it also makes sense to learn the Syrian dialect. “Syrian dialect” is an umbrella term for various similar dialects used in Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan and it is understood throughout the Arab world. The majority of Arabs in Berlin also speak this dialect, so it can be used in everyday life in Berlin. Learners of Standard Arabic often have difficulty with
Arabic-speakers, who usually do not answer in standard Arabic, but in dialect. A dialect course is therefore highly recommended for those
involved in social work, education, medicine or aid organizations. This would allow them to react and engage spontaneously in everyday
situations and to build a sustainable basis of trust.
No previous knowledge required
At the end of the course, learners can read the Arabic script as well as use and understand familiar, everyday expressions and simple sentences. They can introduce themselves and others, as well as direct questions to another individual – e.g. where they live, who they know, or what things they like. They can answer such questions themselves and communicate about simple topics.
Nominal sentences, nouns and adjectives
personal suffixes, genitive constructions,
verb conjugation of the past and present,
approx. 400 words
2 weeks / 60 teaching units (1 teaching unit = 45 min.)