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Traditions 2

A1-Beginner

The Arabic you need to know when going to the bank, making an appointment by phone or getting a haircut is some of the invaluable Arabic you will learn in this course. It is language that you will use on a daily basis if you visit the Arab world. Traditions 2 is for beginners who have moved beyond the novice level. The greetings and introductions you learned in Traditions 1 will help you move on to new language functions such as asking for advice or talking about feelings. The drama that surrounds Sam and Rania as the dialogs unfold provides a context that will help to contextualize and make memorable the vocabulary and structures you learn. Each dialog provides a cultural snapshot of Jordanian life through the triumphs and struggles of a moderately well-to-do family living in Amman, the capital city of Jordan.

Traditions 2: I'm Jordanian.

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

Topics: Greetings

Traditions 2 | 1: Time for business.

Amu Darwish decides to pressure Sam about work....

Topics: showing_possession

Traditions 2 | 2: Things got serious.

Sam ends up attending an interview at a computer company.  ...

Topics: giving_a_reason

Traditions 2 | 4: Sam's side.

Sam and Nuri talk about Life plans over dinner at Nuri’s house....

Topics: praising_food

Traditions 2 | 5: This is unacceptable!

Sam insults the manager by looking at his watch during a company meeting....

Topics: Warning_someone

Traditions 2 | 6: Dawali! Now, sit.

Sam meets his aunt in the kitchen and the topic of marriage comes up....

Topics: Warning_someone

Traditions 2 | 7: He's my cousin!

Rania seeks advice from her best friend Samira about Sam....

Topics: asking_an_opinion

Traditions 2 | 8: Call me, please!

Rania is going to the university and her father asks her to call him after her class....

Topics: asking_for_a_phonecall

Traditions 2 | 9: Taking initiative.

Rania visits her professor at the University of Jordan to ask about how she can do some community service....

Topics: asking_a_question

Traditions 2 | 10: Going international.

Sam goes to the post office to mail a package to the United States....

Topics: Greetings

Traditions 2 | 11: Who is he?!

Amu Darwish talks to his daughter about a marriage proposal....

Topics: expressing_displeasure

Traditions 2 | 12: Sophisticated advice.

Rania asks Sam for advice but doesn’t get the response she is looking for....

Topics: asking_for_advice

Traditions 2 | 13: At the bank.

Sam goes to the bank to deposit a check from work....

Topics: expressing_a_want

Traditions 2 | 14: An ordeal.

Sam callsFouad and talks to him about how he is feeling and gets some advice....

Topics: talking_about_feelings

Traditions 2 | 15: The shrink.

Sam calls the doctor’s office to get an appointment with a psychiatrist....

Topics: Scheduling_an_appointment

Traditions 2 | 16: Is it love?

Sam goes to the psychiatrist to see if he can get some medication for his depression....

Topics: saying_you’re_sorry

Traditions 2 | 17: Egyptian?!

Amu Darwish seeks information from Sam about Hisham who is seeking Rania’s hand in marriage....

Topics: showing_surprise

Traditions 2 | 18: Just cut my hair!

Sam goes to the barber shop to get his haircut.  ...

Topics: showing_pity

Traditions 2 | 19: No men, no marriage!

Hisham comes to seek Rania’s hand in marriage and is rejected by her family....

Topics: giving_a_rebuke

Traditions 2 | 20: I don't understand!

Sam meets with his friend Nuri from work to talk about the incident with Hisham....

Topics: expressing_perplexity

Traditions 2 | 21: Where is the patience?!

Rania goes to the hair salon and finds comfort in talking with her friends....

Topics: showing_frustration

Traditions 2 | 22: My love or my life?

Rania has a haircut and chats with her friend Saliha....

Topics: expressing_a_want

Traditions 2 | 23: This boy!

Bushra’s son Hussam has his tawjihi exams come up and she is frightened he is not preparing for them....

Topics: indicating_possibility

Traditions 2 | 24: McStudy

Sam takes his younger cousin Hussam out for lunch and asks him about his exam....

Topics: showing_ambivalence

Traditions 2 | 25: Goal! Goal! Goal!

Sam and Hussam go to soccer (football) game at Malik Abdallah Stadium....

Topics: expressing_surprise

Traditions 2 | 26: Evil eyed.

Sam is walking to the bus on his way back from work and runs into a magician of sorts....

Topics: declining_an_offer

Traditions 2 | 27: Don't tell anyone.

Sam asks the local shaykh of his masjid about whether he is ready or not for marriage....

Topics: showing_respect

Traditions 2 | 28: No drums!

Rania’s mother Bushra talks to her friend about the coming of Ramadan....

Topics: using_sarcasm

Traditions 2 | 29: You buy them!

Amu Darwish and Bushra argue over the Ramadan menu....

Topics: giving_thanks

Traditions 2 | 31: Quiet! It's show time.

Hussam can’t wait to watch the new TV drama which upsets Sam....

Topics: asking_politely

Traditions 2 | 32: I want to get there alive!

Sam ends up in a taxi that speeds recklessly because the time is close to Iftar....

Topics: making_a_request