NYU Abu Dhabi publishes book on Emirati culture

Mon 30-07-2018 13:15 PM

ABU DHABI, 30th July, 2018 (WAM) — NYU Abu Dhabi’s Senior Lecturer of Arabic, Nasser Isleem, has published a book that highlights aspects of the UAE’s rich heritage and culture, and identifies more than 2,000 Emirati common words and expressions, introducing readers to the everyday spoken Emirati dialect.

Titled ‘Yalla Narmis: The Top 2,000+ Words and Expressions for Understanding Emirati Dialect’, the book’s content was initially taught to non-Arab students at NYU Abu Dhabi. It is now available at the university’s campus bookstore and Amazon, and is aimed at Arabic language learners with a particular interest in the Emirati dialect.

“Looking up words in a dictionary is not efficient. Learning vocabulary and phrases in their natural context is efficient. This book will give learners a smooth, natural feel of the language. Learners need to understand how words can come together, making them sensible in Emirati Arabic. This is how you become fluent in Emirati Arabic; it is not about studying all the grammar rules, but rather knowing what phrases and expressions to use,” Isleem said.

Isleem is a native of Palestine and brings a wealth of experience in teaching all levels of Arabic language and culture. He joined NYU Abu Dhabi as a senior Arabic language lecturer in spring 2012. Throughout his professional career, he participated in several academic conferences where he addressed the importance of Arabic culture integration. Isleem is a pioneer in applying studies that examine the impact of using songs, proverbs, and other cultural expressions and components in teaching the Arabic language.

WAM/Nour Salman

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