Upcoming Arabic Classes Start March 17!


Are you ready to learn Arabic as spoken conversationally in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Israel and beyond?  The new term at The Markaz begins Saturday March 17, 2016:   

The Markaz provides students unique opportunities to be immersed in the Arabic language through its numerous classes, social gatherings and film and music events. 

Available levels this quarter of Shami Arabic include Beginning 1 • Beginning 2 • Beginning 3 • Intermediate • Advanced 

Language classes run for 6 weeks, 3 hours/class

Tuition: $400

Special Offer: $300 if registration is completed BEFORE the first class (sign up below online).

More info/to register, contact: Lynne Mangione or lynne@themarkaz.org.

Please note that the minimum age requirement for the following classes is 18 years old.

Shami  (Levantine) Arabic

Our Shami Arabic classes teach students the fundamentals of the Arabic language with a focus on the dialect spoken in the Levant— Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan and Palestine.  Beginning classes are taught in both English and Shami Arabic, while the Intermediate and Advanced classes are in Shami only.

Our Arabic teacher is Bassam Aljazairi, a native speaker and experienced teacher from Syria who has a passion for sharing the language and culture of his homeland. Having travelled extensively throughout the Middle East, North Africa and the United States, Bassam shares his experiences with students in lessons that are lively, interactive and always fun!

This class focuses on reading and writing the Arabic alphabet, letter sounds, numbers, basic vocabulary, greetings and simple sentence structure.

Class time: Mondays, 6-9 pm

Class start-date: March 14


This class is ideal for the student who already knows how to read and write the Arabic alphabet and wants to develop their understanding of language structure and basic conversation skills. Class introduces students to basic grammatical concepts of written Arabic and helps them improve writing technique, pronunciation, listening and speaking skills.

Class time: Saturdays, 11:00-2:00 pm

Class start-date: March 12 


This class is for the person who has prior knowledge of Arabic (MSA or any dialect) and wants to begin to learn or improve their understanding of the Shami dialect. At this level students should be able to read and write basic sentences fluidly. Class will help students expand their vocabulary and improve their understanding of language structures in both written and spoken contexts.

Class time: Saturdays, 2:30-5:30 pm

Class start-date: March 12 


This class delves deeper into more advanced grammatical concepts, such as conditional sentences and use of the passive voice. Students are expected to be able to read and write short texts and to speak only Shami during class. Topical discussions will give students a broader understanding of common Shami expressions and the nuances of the dialect within a cultural context.

Class time: Sundays, 2:30-5:30 pm

Class start-date: March 13 



This class is ideal for the student who is fluent in Arabic but wants practice in order to build a more extensive vocabulary and sound like a native speaker. Class format will provide topics for discussion that include culture, politics and art, with the teacher as coach and moderator.

Class time: Wednesdays, 6-9 pm

Class start-date: March 16

Private tutoring with teacher Bassam Aljazairi available through special arrangement. Contact lynne@themarkaz.org for further information.

  • March 17, 2016 at 10am – 1pm
  • The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd LA 90035
  • $300.00 USD
  • 6 people are going
  • Lynne Mangione



Will you come?

$300.00 Arabic Class with Advance Reservation

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