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Traditions 3

A1-Beginner

Traditions III is the third part in a five part series introducing you to life in Jordan. The Arabic you learn in each podcast is tailored to a beginner-mid level. At this point you will understand the Arabic of someone who has taken a year of formal Arabic at a university. The podcasts in this course span a wide range of topics, from the famous Eid celebration of Ramadan to eating out at a restaurant to a visit to the emergency room. The drama of Sam and Rania’ story weaves these topics and situations into a tapestry that uses the Arabic language itself to convey the subtleties and nuances of Arab culture. The vocabulary and grammar you will learn is useful in the day-to-day situations that arise when living in Jordan. By the end of Traditions III you will know the main issues that face most visitors to the Arab world. The next best thing is to go there yourself!

Traditions 3 | 1: The Zucchini conspiracy.

Amu Darwish goes to the local vegetable seller and finds that the price of zucchini has gone up again....

Topics: expressing_surprise

Traditions 3 | 2: Try this chocolate!

Sam goes to an Arab sweet shop to buy some baklava....

Topics: making_an_offer

Traditions 3 | 3: The price is right!

Rania goes out to buy a new dress to wear on the day of the Eid....

Topics: negotiating_a_price

Traditions 3 | 4: We have a patriot!

Hussam is decorating for Eid with lights and Sam has an objection....

Topics: expressing_sarcasm

Traditions 3 | 5: We are late!

Amu Darwish hurries Sam and Hussam so they won’t be late to the Eid morning service....

Topics: talking_about_time

Traditions 3 | 6: Beauty is in the eye.

Rania greets her aunt from her mother’s side who is visiting from Syria.  ...

Topics: holiday_greeting

Traditions 3 | 7: Let's get some Yemeni!

Rania and her friend Nada go out to lunch together....

Topics: describing_food

Traditions 3 | 8: Mandi on the menu.

Rania and Nada are served at the restaurant and then discuss the important topic on Rania’s mind....

Topics: asking_for_food_items

Traditions 3 | 9: Here comes trouble.

The police visit Amu Darwish’s house looking for Hussam butfindBushra instead....

Topics: addressing_an_older_woman

Traditions 3 | 10: Window 9, please!

Sam and Hussam go to the government office to pay a fine....

Topics: requesting_a_favor

Traditions 3 | 11: Movie time!

Hussam and his sister get ready to go to the movies together....

Topics: expressing_disapproval

Traditions 3 | 12: Double O...whaaat!

Hussam buys tickets for him and his sister to see a movie and is surprised by the cost....

Topics: asking_about_number

Traditions 3 | 13: You're next, my friend!

Sam and Hussam attend Fouad’s wedding in Irbid....

Topics: congratulations

Traditions 3 | 14: Let's do the Dabkeh!

Sam gets pressured to dance at the wedding party....

Topics: inviting_others

Traditions 3 | 15: Out of gas.

Sam and Hussam run out of gas on the way back from Fouad’s wedding....

Topics: giving_thanks

Traditions 3 | 16: Don't smoke in here!

Hussam argues with the gas attendant about smoking on the job....

Topics: making_a_request

Traditions 3 | 17: Don't be such a baby!

Sam gets a heater from his uncle to warm his room....

Topics: describing_preferences

Traditions 3 | 18: Like this? BOOM!

A heater malfunctions and explodes in Sam’s face....

Topics: describing_a_process

Traditions 3 | 19: Poor Sam.

Rania calls the emergency hotline for the paramedics to come for Sam....

Topics: describing_past_progressive_action

Traditions 3 | 20: Lucky Sam.

The doctor talks to Sam about his injuries....

Topics: congratulating

Traditions 3 | 21: Bribing Sam.

Sam is turned off by the hospital food and asks the nurse if he can order pizza instead....

Topics: imploring

Traditions 3 | 22: Sam's parents are here!

Amu Darwish and hosts his brother from America....

Topics: giving_reasons

Traditions 3 | 23: Life happens.

Sam's friend from work visits him at home....

Topics: wishing_someone_good_health

Traditions 3 | 24: Serves you right!

Salah, Sam's younger brother who is visiting with his parents from the US uses up Ammu Darwish's water tank in one shower....

Topics: showing_displeasure

Traditions 3 | 25: Anything for Kunafah!

Sam’s father and Amu Darwish go out one night to purchase some fresh kunafa....

Topics: discussing_choices

Traditions 3 | 26: Mom visits the mall.

Atiqah and Sam’s mother take a trip to the first mega mall in Jordan....

Topics: showing_surprise

Traditions 3 | 27: Let's talk about Rania.

Sam’s mother and Atiqah stop at a Starbucks to drink coffee while at the mall. ...

Topics: talking_about_wants

Traditions 3 | 28: One ticket to Saudi, please.

Rania decides to go visit her brother in Saudi Arabia as she does each summer....

Topics: making_a_request

Traditions 3 | 29: I'm not a terrorist!

Rania is going through security but as usual is pulled aside for a special search....

Topics: making_a_polite_command

Traditions 3 | 30: An innocent question.

Rania starts talking to the lady next to her on the airplane who asks about what she is reading....

Topics: expressing_likes

Traditions 3 | 31: Hey, sis!

Rania is greeted by her brother at the airport....

Topics: greeting_after_a_long_absence