Learn Levantine Arabic with Livi

Olivia Furber

A new podcast for intermediate and advanced students of Levantine Arabic which encourages you to speak confidently and not worry about making mistakes. Each episode includes an interview with a native Arabic speaker, exploring a range of topics and introducing new vocabulary. Livi, the presenter, is not a native speaker, so each week, the native speaker will help her out with her pronunciation and correct any errors she makes.

Learn Levantine with Livi: Introduction
Trailer 2 min 22 sec

All Episodes

Welcome to an introduction to Learn Levantine with Livi. *Below is an English translation of the text you will be hearing in Arabic) This is a podcast for intermediate students of Levantine Arabic. In each podcast you will hear a conversation between me and a native speaker. At the beginning of each podcast I will introduce some new vocabulary that you will hear in the conversation. My Arabic is not perfect at all, so I really hope that I can help you by offering you the chance to learn from my mistakes. In each episode, the native speaker will correct me and my pronunciation whenever I make a mistake and, whenever I get stuck I will ask them for help too. I have been really lucky to have had amazing teachers but the biggest thing that helped me improve my speaking was when I stopped caring about making mistakes and just started talking. Fortunately, I have lots of patient friends who are native speakers, so I try to speak with them as much as possible in Arabic and I stopped caring about making mistakes. Instead, I just talk and talk and I see the mistakes as chances to learn. I hope you enjoy the podcast and don’t forget - try and practice talking as much as you can and don’t be scared to slip up! I do it all the time, and it's always the case that we learn from our mistakes.

Apr 2020

2 min 22 sec

Welcome to the first episode! Today Ramzi and I will be talking about life under the coronavirus lockdown, the best way to learn a new language and the common mistakes that myself and other language learners tend to make when speaking Arabic. Here are 10 of the new words you will be hearing in the podcast: Quarantine/Lockdown - حجر Forced - مطر Days of the invasion (intifada) - أيام الاجتياح Curfew - منع التجول Basic materials/necessities - المواد الاساسية Value - قيمة Communication - تواصل Devices / device - الأجهزة / الجهاز Repeated - متكرر They confuse - بيخربتوا

Apr 2020

18 min 19 sec

Welcome to Episode Two! Today Ramzi and I will be talking about our interest in creating radio shows and the roots this has in our respective childhoods.  Here are 13 of the new words you will be hearing in the podcast: Curious / curiosity of - فضول Interested - مهتم / مهتمين Impression - انطباع Development - تطوير Imagination - خيال Imaginary friends - أصدقا متخيلين Information - معلومات You get closer - تقري على Nap / siesta - قيلولة Peace agreement - اتفاقية السلام Bombing - قصف Abbreviated - مختصر Radio / broadcast - إذاعة

Apr 2020

15 min 48 sec

Welcome to Episode Three! Thanks so much for listening.  Today I will be talking to Ramzi about our experiences of and opinions on dreams and dreaming.  Here are 15 of the new words you will be hearing in the podcast.  I grew up - نميت Recurring dreams - أحلام متكررة The main role - الدور الرئيسي I improvise - برتجل Psychology - علم النفس Obsession - هوس Failure - فشل Metaphorical - مجازي Literal - حرفي Behaviour - سلوك Negative - سلبي Positive - ايجابي Just - مجرد Mental training / mental exercises - تمرين ذهني It’s not coming to my mind - مش خاطر في بالي

Apr 2020

19 min 7 sec

Welcome to Episode Four! Thanks so much for listening. Today Ramzi and I will be talking about the memory and memories, in general.  Here are 15 of the new words you will be hearing in the podcast. The Memory - الذاكرة Memory/Memories - ذكرة/ ذكريات To swear - اسب Naughty - مشاغب Out loud (in a loud voice) - صوت عالي Flexible - مرن Emotions - عواطف Linked / related - مرتبط / مرتبطة Pandemic - وباء Ambiences - أجواء Selective / انتقائية In return بمقابل Evoke - استحضار Your strength - قوتك Attack - هجوم

May 2020

19 min 23 sec

Hi everyone and welcome to episode five - as always, thanks so much for listening.  Today you will hear a conversation between Ramzi and I about the virtual world and what we feel are the positives and negatives of being 'online'. We've got a whole bunch of new vocabulary today, 19 words in total!  We fall into the trap - منوقع في الفخ Based on / built upon - مبنية You (m) distinguish - بتميز بين Radically / in a radical way - بشكل جذري Screen / screens - شاشة / شاشات Duplication - الازدواجية All the possible ways - كل الطرق الممكنة Doubt - شك Influencers - المؤثرين Loneliness/ alone - وحدة In isolation - في العزلة Fraud / scam - احتيال Approach - مقاربة Human validity - صلاحيات الإنسان Addicted - مدمن/ مدمنة A sign of this / Proof of this - دليل على هيك Moderation - اعتدال It was useful to us - فادتنا Permanent - دائم

May 2020

18 min 24 sec

Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Six. Today we are going to try a slightly different format where Ramzi and I will ask each other 5 questions.  Getting to grips with how you structure questions in Arabic is something I certainly struggle with so there will be an element of translation in this episode (English-Arabic & Arabic-English) to help give some examples in the different question structures the two languages have.  It's also a chance for us to express our personal opinions about a range of subjects. Feeling like you can truly express yourself in another language is quite a journey and takes time and patience - so I hope this episode helps you.  Here are some of the new words we will be hearing in today's episode: I switch on - بشغل Global crisis - أزمة عالمية From my humble experience (lit) / in my humble opinion - تجربتي المتواضعة Subject to change - قابلة للتغير From different angles - من أكثر من زاوية I comprehend it - أستوعبها Thirties - الثلاثينات Twenties - العشرينات Clarification - توضيح It lost a lot - خسر كثير It has no relationship / irrelevant - ما اله / الها علاقة I suffer - بأعاني To pass - بيمروء Catastrophe/Disaster/Calamity - مصيبة

May 2020

24 min 19 sec

Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Seven! Apologies that we disappeared for a month. But now we are back with a new episode where Ramzi and I will ask each other questions about travel and transport.   Getting to grips with how you structure questions in Arabic is something I certainly struggle with so there will be an element of translation in this episode (English-Arabic & Arabic-English) to help give some examples in the different question structures the two languages have. Here are some of the new words we will be hearing in today's episode: سياح - Tourists موقع - Website السائق - The driver احسنلك - Better for you موحدد - Specific / specified بمر - I pass الدولة - The state بطلت - I quit / I stopped الوقت المناسب - The appropriate / right time اولوية - Priority المشاة - The pedestrians من خلال عيون السكان - Through the eyes of the inhabitants

Jul 2020

17 min 4 sec

Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Eight! Apologies for my absence, but now i'm back AND I have some news which is that i've set up an email address through which you can pass on your comments and feedback about the podcast as well as make suggestions for topics you would benefit from hearing about.  Please feel free to get in touch at learnlevantine@gmail.com In other good news, i'm happy to tell you that Ramzi has some spaces available for conversational Arabic classes for intermediate students. His classes are ideally suited to those who can understand around 70% of the conversations in the podcast. For more information please get in touch at the same email address learnlevantine@gmail.com I can highly recommend him as a teacher. Here are some of the new words we will be hearing in today's episode: عبارات - Sayings أمثال - Examples تعبير - Expression وفرة - Abundance بتستحضر - You evoke وقح - Rude اللغة المحكية - The spoken language مبالغين - Exaggerators / People who exaggerate  مشابهة - Similar فاصلة - Comma بذكرو - They mention الديك - The cockerel معطيات - Data برمي - I throw تجنب - Avoiding / Avoid بذيء - Indecent سلفاً - In advance

Nov 2020

19 min 45 sec

Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Nine! I hope you are all doing great and are ready for another episode. Thanks to all of you who sent suggestions and thoughts about the podcast via email. I’d encourage you to send more as I love hearing your feedback. Please feel free to get in touch at learnlevantine@gmail.com Also, Ramzi still has some spaces available for conversational Arabic classes for intermediate students. His classes are ideally suited to those who can understand around 70% of the conversations in the podcast. For more information please get in touch at the same email address learnlevantine@gmail.com I've just started an instagram page where I will post podcast episodes and more content including videos, vocab and tips on language learning and differences between accents - check it out here @learnlevantinewithlivi https://www.instagram.com/learnlevantinewithlivi/?hl=en Here are some of the new words we will be hearing in today's episode: مهاجر - Migrant نقلت - I left / I moved اضطراري - Forced إمكانية الرجوع - The possibility of returning متوفر - Available بحكم - By virtue ينتزع - To snatch تبديل - Changing / Replacing حروب - Wars الانتماء - Belonging مستأجر - Rented معروض - Offered / Shown جرعة من الحنين - A small dose of nostalgia بأعزز - I reinforce / strengthen

Dec 2020

20 min 59 sec

Hello everyone and welcome to Episode Nine and Happy Christmas! I've just started an instagram page where I will post podcast episodes and more content including videos, vocab and tips on language learning and differences between accents - check it out here @learnlevantinewithlivi https://www.instagram.com/learnlevantinewithlivi/?hl=en I hope you are all well even though the world is rather...upside down.  Thanks to all of you who sent suggestions and thoughts about the podcast via email. I’d encourage you to send more as I love hearing your feedback. Please feel free to get in touch at learnlevantine@gmail.com Also, Ramzi still has some spaces available for conversational Arabic classes for intermediate students. His classes are ideally suited to those who can understand around 70% of the conversations in the podcast. For more information please get in touch at the same email address learnlevantine@gmail.com Today we are going to return to the topic of 'home'. We recorded this episode whilst we were back in our 'home' countries. Listen out for the sounds of the Old City of Jerusalem in the background whilst Ramzi is talking.  Here are some of the new words we will be hearing in today's episode: بمستوى مجازي - On a metaphorical level البيوت كلها فوق بعضها - The houses are all on top of each other المهجر - In the diaspora / Abroad الخروج من رحم امهاتنا - Getting out of our mothers’ womb نوع من الغربه - A kind of strangeness حقيبتي وطني ،و وطني حقيبتي - My backpack is my homeland and my homeland is my backpack. سور - Wall معقد - Complicated اشي بهبل - Something foolish/trivial الاشياء الملموسة - Tangible things الحواس - The senses هوية - Identity مسلوب - Stolen تكوين المكان - Spatial configuration مغتربين - Expatriates

Dec 2020

14 min 30 sec

Dear listeners, I hope you are well. This episode will be a bit different. There won't be a conversation, just vocabulary.  As I am sure you are aware, terrible things are happening in Palestine right now.  Many Palestinian journalists are risking their lives to cover what is happening.  One of the greatest gifts of being able to speak Arabic is that you are able to meaningfully engage with and understand what Arabic-speaking journalists are reporting, live.  Injuries - إصابات Injured (m/f/p) - مصاب/  مصابة /  مصابين Tear Gas - غاز مسيل للدموع Continuation - استمرار Worshipers - المصلون قنابل صوتية - sounds bombs / stun grenades رصاص مطاطي - rubber bullets قوات الخيالة - mounted horse units هراوات - batons إهانات - insults اعتداءات جسدية - physical assaults احتلال - occupation مصادرة الأراضي - land seizures تزوير الوثائق - document forgery تهجير قصري - forced eviction التطهير العرقي - ethnic cleansing مياه عدامة - skunk water قصف - bombing دمار - destruction ركام - heap/pile سياره اسعاف - ambulance توغل بري - land incursions قصف جوي - air bombing / air strikes تمييز عنصري - apartheid مقاومة - resistance

May 15

3 min 13 sec