This series of language courses is an introduction to the Lebanese language, to its diction, grammatical structure, vocabulary, conjugation, and much more. It is a unique series of its kind in many ways. First, it is unique in its approach to the Lebanese language as a systematic, independent and structured body of work. Second, it is unique in its use of a structured alphabet and a unified spelling system. Third, it is unique in its approach and methodology towards teaching a Semitic language. It also capitalizes on the latest in research and development concerning the Lebanese language, mainly those put forth by the Lebanese Language Institute.
My research during the past ten years have led me to a better understanding of the Lebanese language. It also allowed me to come up with several innovative ways for its study, and innovative methods for its teaching. The shift from a consonant based letter system to a vowel base system dictated the invention and the utilization of a completely new set of rules for teaching the Lebanese language.
On one hand, it redefined how we think of the verbs in a Semitic language, and how we understand their structures. In many ways, this shift simplified one of the most difficult aspects of studying the Lebanese language, and reformulated the ways which were used to think about this aspect of the language. On the other hand, it simplified the writing of the language by using the conventional Latin letters most commonly used around the globe, and constricted the variations to simple and easy to learn modifications. The Lebanese alphabet as you will see will consist of all the letters on the simple English keyboard, with very minor additions. The additions utilize existing letters and add a dot on top of them. These different aspects addressed two of the major challenges any student learning the Lebanese language will have to face.
This course introduces the student to the first level of studying the Lebanese language, and therefore, it addresses in the beginning some of the main issues facing any new student trying to learn this language. These mainly consist of understanding the existing sounds in the Lebanese language, and how to pronounce them. Pronunciation is a major key in learning any language, and the Lebanese language is no different.
Therefore, the student must abide by the sequence provided in these courses. The chapters flow with an internal logic, to help the student construct simple and confident sentences by the end of each level, and understand the underlying structure of these sentences. The courses utilize an innovative method that I personally came up with, and it constitutes not in learning for example the pronouns by themselves as independent entities, it rather starts with independent basics, and then pairs rules that usually come together. Therefore, you will see for example the lessons that talk about nouns and adjectives, or the use of demonstratives with nouns or with adjectives.
I personally have learned several languages throughout the years. From the Lebanese and Arabic to the English, French and Russian, and if there is one thing that I learned is that you have to approach language acquisition as a child does. A child does not think about the rules. A child lives in language. This nonchalant attitude actually helps a lot. Even though you want to know the rules, and understand the underlying reasoning, sometimes it is good to let go, and just learn by letting your mind commit to its memory words and sentence structures.
I hope you enjoy these courses, as much as I enjoyed producing them. It is a very important companion for anyone trying to learn the Lebanese language and it is formatted to guide the student little by little into the wonders of this magnificent language.