Levantine Dialect

Choosing dialect to learn can be a bit tricky to figure out. However, Kaleela tries to make it easier to choose in this article on Arabic dialects.

We’ve already told you about the perks of learning Arabic. It can boost your career, help you meet new people, and add new places to your travel bucket list. Indeed, Arabic is an ancient language that’s been around for thousands of years. On the other hand, millions of folks from all around the world speak the language today. Moreover, you’ll find that the people from...

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You’ve seen us mention the fact that Arabic is one of the fastest-growing languages in the world. It moved up from fifth to fourth place in 2019’s list of most often used languages to learn. For example, there are 422 million speakers in the world. And with that many people, it’s no wonder there are so many dialects. If you’re looking to study Arabic, trying to...

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Did you know that Palestine is a nation of undisturbed natural beauty? Whether you’re a nature lover or a history buff, Palestine's undeniable splendor won’t leave you disappointed. Today we’ll explore some of the major historical areas you’ll find in Holy Land, some just as beautiful as they are ancient. So, without further ado. Here they are: Hisham’s Palace Hisham’s Palace was built between 720 and 750 AD....

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It’s no secret that when you’re learning a language, you’re also learning a culture. This means if you’re learning Arabic, you’re also learning about Arab culture, so why don’t you use the culture of Arab TV to learn to speak Arabic better? We’ve talked before about the amazing Egyptian film industry and how watching films in Arabic can help you better learn Arabic language skills, but...

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Since the advent of the internet, one of the easiest and most convenient ways that Arabic language learners can improve their listening comprehension and expand their vocabulary over time is by listening to audio of Levantine Arabic such as Arabic podcasts on Spotify or Arabic news with transcripts. A plethora of resources such as radio shows and podcasts can be found with a simple search...

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So you want to learn Arabic, but you have no idea what kind of dialect to learn? Well, if you’re traveling to the Levant, Arabic is spoken a little different here. For sure it's not the same as the Modern Standard Arabic you’d probably learn in a class or book.   “So, wait, what is this ‘Arab Levant’, or whatever, you just mentioned?” you may be...

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Finding people playing card games in the Arab world these days is as ubiquitous as finding falafel stands; in other words, they’re everywhere. Arabs adopted their love of playing cards from the Chinese. They are believed to have invented them around the Tang Dynasty in the 9th century A.D. It happened when the daughter of Emperor Yizong of Tang, Princess Tongchang, was seen playing the "leaf...

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For some natural cave art like you’ll see no other place on Earth, read this article on visiting Jeita Grotto in Lebanon.

From the fertile Bekaa Valley to its snow-capped peaks of its mountains, Lebanon offers an all at once diverse landscape for its somewhat small size. However, take a look closer into one of its regions known as the Nahr El-Kalb Valley. It is here that you’ll find one of the most splendid wonders of nature in the Middle-East. Of course, we’re talking about the Jeita...

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Syrian food

Syrian dishes and culture is as rich and varied as its people and their deep history within the land. As a result of having been occupied by the Arabs, Persians and Ottoman Turks in the past, Syrians have adopted dishes from other cuisines. A few would be shish kebab, stuffed zucchini, and stuffed grape leaves from Turkey. Dishes like fattoush and hummus from Lebanon were...

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Palestinian Traditions

Did you know that, along with the climate, local population occupations, and other customs and traditions, Palestine can be divided into three geographical areas when it comes to clothing traditions? Well, it’s true. You’ll find very little embroidery incorporated into the folk dress of the people living in the highland regions because the women there have very little time for sewing as they are busy helping farm the fields; on the...

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