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Connections

A1-Beginner

The first few words of a conversation are sometimes the most crucial. Connections is a short course that gives you the essential tools to initiate the first words of a conversation in Arabic. You will also be able to respond appropriately to a variety of situations when you are addressed by an Arabic speaker. This course is comprised of thirty-two dialogs that are designed to quickly take you from beginning to intermediate proficiency. 

Connections 11: Nice to meet you!

In this lesson we look at two people meeting each other for the first time. We'll learn about introductions and the formalities associated with them....

Topics: formalities_when_meeting_someone_for_the_first_time, _showing_respect_

Connections 12: Hi!

This lesson shows the importance of titles in the Arab world and the consequences of getting them wrong. You'll also learn how to ask questions related to introductions.  ...

Topics: the_importance_of_titles_in_arab_culture

Connections 13: Where are you?

This lesson is a telephone conversation between two friends. You'll learn about etiquette and how to make sentences into questions.  ...

Topics: praising_god_no_matter_what

Connections 14: Morning Dad!

As many visitors to the Middle East can attest, service is huge part of Arab culture. We'll learn several important lessons in this class as well as witnessing family interactions, particularly the respect Arab youth show their elders....

Topics: service_to_others_in_arab_culture_respect_of_elders

Connections 15: Can't I get a break!

In this lesson we learn some important phrases and question words. We also get a a little glimpse of gender roles in Arab society.  ...

Topics: working_hard_is_an_important_ethic_in_arab_society

Connections 16: How can I help you?

This lesson continues with the themes of greetings and introduces to some details of Arab culture, particularly in regard to complaining. We'll see a student and his tutor interact and we'll see how she gets to the bottom of his problems.  ...

Topics: not_showing_weakness_or_divulging_a_problem

Connections 17: God help you!

In this lesson we join a brother and sister as they discuss their summer jobs. Through the sibling rivalry we'll take a look at verb conjugations and phrases. ...

Topics: showing_respect

Connections 18: I'm not feeling well.

In this lesson we learn how to wish a sick person well and also learn a little of Arab culture relating to dealing with illness and difficulties....

Topics: wishing_someone_well_when_they_are_sick

Connections 19: I'm late!

Here we join two friends as they pass each other on the street. One of them is really late! We'll learn some useful words and phrases as we listen....

Topics: dropping_formalities

Connections 20: Wrong number.

Ever dialed a wrong number? We join in on a telephone conversation and see how to deal with that embarrassing moment. This lesson will show us greetings, expressing surprise and telephone etiquette.    ...

Topics: using_formalities_to_increase_distance

Connections 1: What is your name?

This lesson teaches us a new way to say good-bye and how to negate things in Arabic. Notice how in Arabian culture men tend to do the grocery shopping....

Topics: arabic_names

Connections 2: Hello there.

This dialogue introduces more greetings, and you'll also learn how ask someone where they're from....

Topics: يعني_how_to_use_a_filler_to_pause

Connections 3: Do you have a moment?

Staying with theme of greetings, this lesson will also demonstrate how affection and politeness is shown in the Arab world....

Topics: showing_endearment

Connections 4: Good Morning.

Another beginner lesson continuing with the themes of greetings and introductions, we'll listen to a short conversation between two friends while they wait for a cab....

Topics: saying:_إن_شاء_الله

Connections 5: Where to?

In this lesson we take a look at a short conversation between Tim, an American, and his Jordanian cab driver Salih. This is an introduction on how to get to places in the Middle East....

Topics: showing_emotion_and_enthusiasm_when_greeting

Connections 6: Movie Night.

In this short exchange between an American and a Jordanian we get to see some of the nocturnal customs of Mediterranian cultures. This lesson introduces you to evening greetings....

Topics: staying_up_late_–_mediterranean_cultures

Connections 7: So long, farewell.

A great lesson that introduces you to farewells in Arabic. Arabs are well known for their generosity, and so it makes sense that they are also fond of grand statements of gratitude. In this lesson you'll learn one of the most common phrases of thanks....

Topics: saying_thanks_with_emotion

Connections 8: Are you free tomorrow?

In this lesson we're going to look at a short phone conversation between two friends that demonstrates how to form questions with the tone of your voice, oaths and how to ask someone if they're free.  ...

Topics: conceptions_of_time_in_the_arab_world

Connections 9: Got Milk?

In this lesson you'll learn another way to say good-bye and how to negate in Arabic. Also notice how men tend to the grocery shopping in Arabian culture....

Topics: male_and_female_roles

Connections 10: Fancy meeting you here!

Here we listen in to a conversation between two friends bumping into each other in the mall. Continuing with our themes of politeness, you'll learn how to apologise and you'll also learn some exclamations.  ...

Topics: the_importance_of_others_feelings

Connections 21: I'm hungry.

Learn how a father uses terms of endearment with his daughter and how someone expresses his/her love for something....

Topics: showing_endearment

Connections 22: Welcome to New York

Learn the common key features between two cities such as New York and Cairo when being asked for your opinion about it as well as addressing someone with the appropriate prefixes....

Topics: titles_in_arab_culture

Connections 23: Can you give me a hand?

Learn to ask for someone's availability and thanking people for help....

Topics: showing_politeness

Connections 24: I miss you

Learn to use emotional phrases to express your longing for someone or how much you miss them as well as doing so over the telephone....

Topics: showing_interest_while_another_is_speaking

Connections 25: Come with me

Learn to ask for directions to places and exchange warm phrases to feel welcome....

Topics: helping_strangers

Connections 27: My eyes

Need help with your homework? find out how to ask. But you might get more than you bargained for....

Topics: the_importance_of_family_status

Connections 28: From Madinah with dates.

A lovely spread of wholesome food has been laid out. Come enjoy!...

Topics: the_conversational_etiquette_of_a_recent_acquaintance

Connections 29: To the Airport!

Questions and more questions in a taxi on the way to the airport....

Topics: living_with_family

Connections 30: Meet my friend.

Bringing friends home to meet mom!...

Topics: family_size

Connections 31: You know scuba?!

A nice and easy question and answer conversation with the immigration officer at the airport....

Topics: work_ethic

Connections 32: A single room, please.

Pleasantries while checking in at a hotel....

Topics: the_importance_of_honor