That’s why I was so happy to discover a Lebanese web series called Beirut I Love You (hat tip to The Arabist). It consists of short, high-quality, free episodes that follow a group of friends through their lives in Beirut. This is real dialect. And the best part? Every episode is fully subtitled in English.
Arabic Resource: Beirut I Love You
Good Levantine Arabic resources are hard to find, and as anyone knows who has lived in the region, there are different grades of dialect. Unless you spend a LOT of time with groups of native speaker friends, it’s exceptionally difficult to learn what one Jordanian friend called “the bottom of the slang.” Natives just don’t speak to you as a foreigner like they do to each other.
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