Arabic Dialect Tables Sign-up form
The Arabic Dialect Tables were started by native Arabic speakers here at Brown and citizens of the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) to try to complement the formal classes with a colloquial and cultural component.
Brown students studying Arabic at Brown are taught Modern Standard Arabic -- the formal written form of Arabic that all native speakers share, no matter where they're from. Through these weekly workshops, we would like to share with you the spoken form of Arabic used by locals in their daily lives: the local dialects. These workshops are tailored towards the general public, so you DO NOT need a background in Arabic to partake in them. It is worth noting, however, that a background in Modern Standard Arabic will be helpful.
Every week, we will be learning about and discussing a different topic with a focus on the Middle East, from feminist authors to memes, from food to political systems, from the refugee crisis to public health. Sign up for any workshop that catches your attention. We'd be glad to have you!
Tania, a Lebanese second-year student here at Brown, will be leading the tables again this year. She will be teaching the workshops in the "Shaami" dialect (Levantine: Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Jordan), and we'll hopefully also hold a workshop or two with native speakers of other dialects from the Gulf and North Africa at some point in the semester.
Come through and bring a friend! You won't believe how easy and enriching it is to connect to another culture through language. NO BACKGROUND NEEDED!
What's your name?
What's your Brown email?
What year are you?
Do you have Middle Eastern or North African heritage?
I don't really know!
Are you a heritage speaker and/or have been exposed to the language before?
Have you ever taken any formal Arabic class? (Don't worry, it is not required)
For now, the Arabic Dialect Tables are scheduled for Thursdays at 5PM. Can you make it? (If you can't, please vote in the last question!)
If we were to change the Arabic Dialect Tables' meeting time, when should it be? (Check all that apply)
Don't change -- Thursday at 5PM works best.
Thursday at 6PM
Thursday at 7PM
Friday at 3PM
Friday at 4PM
Saturday at 5PM
Sunday at 3PM
Sunday at 5PM
Sunday at 7PM
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