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Traditions 1

A1-Beginner

Learning Arabic is so much more than memorizing words and reciting verb conjugations. To learn, to be motivated to connect to others, requires a passion for culture and a respect for humanity. Traditions is a journey into the heart of Jordanian life and society. Traditions is also a story about identity and estrangement, love and conflict, ordinary life and deep passion. These are the meanings that truly unlock a language and motivate its aspirants. Traditions 1 is the first of five mini-courses that teaches Arabic through the lens of a Jordanian family living in the 21st century. The dialogs are graded so that you will learn step by step, slowly acquiring new vocabulary and grammar as you progress. The thirty-two dialogs that make up this first mini-course follow Sam, a Jordanian-American as he returns to his native land of Jordan and rediscovers his roots. The Jordan he thought he knew keeps surprising him with new revelations. 

Traditions 1: Are you American?

Sam meets a border agent at the airport and is questioned by him....

Topics: Greetings

Traditions 2: I'm Jordanian.

Sam takes a taxi from Queen Rania airport to his uncle’s house in Amman....

Topics: Greetings

Traditions 3: Dual Nationality?

Sam learns something about his taxi driver who is taking him to his uncle’s house....

Topics: introductions

Traditions 4: My number?

Sam arrives in the taxi at his uncle’s place and after paying the taxi driver asks the driver’s name. The driver then asks a strange question. ...

Topics: introductions

Traditions 5: Welcome home.

Sam arrives at his uncle’s house and finds a huge reception waiting for him....

Topics: Greetings

Traditions 6: Mansaf? Well actually...

Sam finds a feast awaiting him at his uncle’s house. But that’s where the trouble begins....

Traditions 7: What a view!

Sam and his cousin Khalid enjoy the Amman skyline at night over watermelon....

Topics: expressing_amazement

Traditions 8: The Big Escape

Sam decides to go the money exchange but has a hard time getting out of the house....

Topics: saying_goodbye

Traditions 9: Ripped off!

Sam goes to a money exchanger in downtown Amman....

Topics: asking_a_question

Traditions 10: An offer you can't refuse.

Sam steps into a small cell phone shop to buy a phone....

Topics: expressing_a_want

Traditions 11: Hop in!

Sam decides to be adventurous and take the bus home rather than the taxi....

Topics: asking_about_price

Traditions 13: Unsure.

Sam talks to his cousin Rania about his trip to downtown Amman....

Topics: Greetings

Traditions 14: Hi, Dad!

Sam calls home and talks to his dad on the phone....

Topics: Greetings

Traditions 15: Hi, Mom!

Sam talks to his mom after he finishes talking with his dad....

Topics: asking_about_well-being

Traditions 16: It's you again!

To his surprise Sam finds Fouad again at the local Falafel shop....

Topics: asking_about_residence

Traditions 17: Falafel Protocol.

Sam gets confused when he tries to buy a falafel sandwich....

Topics: expressing_a_want

Traditions 18: Disoriented.

Sam confides in his cousin Khalid that he is not feeling good about his trip....

Topics: expressing_feelings

Traditions 19: Fresh air for 50 JD's!

Sam decides to take a trip to Petra to see the ancient Nabataean city. ...

Topics: talking_about_price

Traditions 20: Welcome welcome!

Sam ask someone where the restroom is and ends up making a new friend....

Topics: asking_where_the_restroom_is

Traditions 21: Retiring under the stars.

Sam goes camping with his friend Fadi at Wadi Rum.  ...

Topics: saying_farewell

Traditions 22: Leave me alone!

Sam runs into Fouad again who is driving his bus back to Amman....

Topics: giving_farewells

Traditions 23: Inspired.

Sam consults with his uncle on a difficult decision he has to make....

Topics: Greetings

Traditions 24: Interrogated.

Sam reports to the local police station and undergoes some questioning. ...

Topics: Greetings

Traditions 25: Time to arrange a marriage.

Sam’s aunt calls up his mother to talk about Sam getting married....

Topics: giving_advice

Traditions 26: Jordan-Mart

Sam’s aunt asks him to go to the store and pick up some vegetables....

Topics: introducing_a_question

Traditions 27: Blast from the past.

Sam meets his old friend from his childhood who visits him from Irbid....

Topics: Greetings

Traditions 28: Fou'ad's father.

Sam takes a trip with his friend Ali to the Jordanian city of Irbid in the North....

Topics: Greetings

Traditions 29: Shake of the cup.

Amu Idris serves Sam Arabic coffee....

Topics: expressing_likes

Traditions 32: Apology accepted, but...

Sam returns from Irbid late and meets his aunt as he enters the house....

Topics: saying_goodnight