Team Middle East

An area with study groups for various languages. Group members help each other, share resources and experience. Study groups are permanent but the members rotate and change.
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NIKOLIĆ
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Re: Team Middle East

Postby NIKOLIĆ » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:35 pm

Bluepaint wrote:The above items look like they could be in breach of copyright. If they are please remove them immediately. Publicly posting anything that breaches copyright, links to pirated information etc etc puts us administrators at risk of legal problems. Don't do it!

Yikes! Didn't know I couldn't talk about it either. You might want to edit your post too.
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Maiwenn
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Re: Team Middle East

Postby Maiwenn » Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:47 am

Yesterday I discovered that the Institut du Monde Arabe has developed an Arabic certification exam. They had their first pilot tests this summer and will be organizing new sessions starting May 2019. The exam is called the CIMA (Certificat international de maîtrise en arabe). At sign up you select the cima 1 (testing for A1, A2, B1) or the cima 2 (testing for B2, C1, C2). It tests Modern Standard Arabic.

The exams consist of:
* listening (30-35 minutes, multiple choice)
* reading (45 minutes, multiple choice)
* writing (1 hour, production of 4 texts between 30 and 100 words)
* speaking (10 minutes, on 4 different subjects chosen by the examiner)

Depending on pricing and schedule, I may sign up for the cima 1 with the goal of a B1 (طبعا). ;) If this happens, I will of course tell you all about it.
More information (all in French):
https://www.imarabe.org/fr/activites/cours-arabe/cima
https://www.imarabe.org/fr/blog/2018/08 ... bonne-voie
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Re: Team Middle East

Postby ancient forest » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:40 pm

Maiwenn wrote:Yesterday I discovered that the Institut du Monde Arabe has developed an Arabic certification exam.

There is also a proficiency exam for Arabic and many other languages at https://www.profluentplus.com/ that is according to ACTFL levels.
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PeterMollenburg
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Re: Team Middle East

Postby PeterMollenburg » Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:48 am

Thanks for this link aravinda, it looks promising indeed. I took the liberty quote your comments below containing the link and paste it all here into the Team Middle East thread:

aravinda wrote:I am not learning Arabic but just thought this would be useful to some members:
From MSA to CA: A Beginner’s Guide for Transitioning into Colloquial Arabic
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Re: Team Middle East

Postby aravinda » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:19 pm

PeterMollenburg wrote:Thanks for this link aravinda, it looks promising indeed. I took the liberty quote your comments below containing the link and paste it all here into the Team Middle East thread:

aravinda wrote:I am not learning Arabic but just thought this would be useful to some members:
From MSA to CA: A Beginner’s Guide for Transitioning into Colloquial Arabic
Thanks for that, PM. I should have posted it here. :oops:
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Re: Team Middle East

Postby PeterMollenburg » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:52 am

Hi peoples,

I've been just tidying up some audio files and loading them on my eye on me phone, sorry, iphone for a rainy day, and I discovered that my audio files downloaded from The Yojik Website here: DLI Saudi-Arabic Headstart course are missing the first 5 audio tracks (I downloaded them both in mp3 and flac formats). Neither audio versions contain the first 5 tracks. The course is designed as such, that the audio is an absolute must- it's not a writing course, it's all about the dialect, which is not written as MSA is. Would anyone have any hints where I might be able to find the missing audio tracks?

Kind regards,
PM

PS - (A bit of cross advertising here) I've started a new challenge - The 2019 365 Day Language Challenge, in which I've signed up for Arabic (as well as French and Dutch). The challenge is 30 minutes minimum/day of study in your chosen language(s) for the whole year. Feel free to join me (if you don't, watch me become the Arabic Kung-Fu Master after only 2.5 minutes of study - i'll be writing all the advice here soon... ummm... I think... i'll just shut up now... :geek:
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Re: Team Middle East

Postby NIKOLIĆ » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:13 pm

PeterMollenburg wrote:Hi peoples,

I've been just tidying up some audio files and loading them on my eye on me phone, sorry, iphone for a rainy day, and I discovered that my audio files downloaded from The Yojik Website here: DLI Saudi-Arabic Headstart course are missing the first 5 audio tracks (I downloaded them both in mp3 and flac formats). Neither audio versions contain the first 5 tracks. The course is designed as such, that the audio is an absolute must- it's not a writing course, it's all about the dialect, which is not written as MSA is. Would anyone have any hints where I might be able to find the missing audio tracks?


If you don't manage to find the missing audio files I'd be willing to make a recording of the dialogues and courtesy expressions and then have it checked by a native speaker.
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Re: Team Middle East

Postby cjareck » Fri Dec 28, 2018 8:17 pm

For the needs of DLI MSA Sound and Script, I asked on Hi Native. I received all the recordings, but unfortunately, I didn't ask about MSA, so I received a bunch of dialects with the different pronunciation that I expected. But you may ask there with additional information that you are interested only in Saudi dialect. Perhaps it will solve your problem.
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Listening: 1+ (83% content, 90% linguistic)
Reading: 1 (83% content, 90% linguistic)


MSA DLI : 22 / 141ESKK : 9 / 40


Mandarin Assimil : 44 / 105

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PeterMollenburg
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Re: Team Middle East

Postby PeterMollenburg » Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:51 am

NIKOLIĆ wrote:
PeterMollenburg wrote:Hi peoples,

I've been just tidying up some audio files and loading them on my eye on me phone, sorry, iphone for a rainy day, and I discovered that my audio files downloaded from The Yojik Website here: DLI Saudi-Arabic Headstart course are missing the first 5 audio tracks (I downloaded them both in mp3 and flac formats). Neither audio versions contain the first 5 tracks. The course is designed as such, that the audio is an absolute must- it's not a writing course, it's all about the dialect, which is not written as MSA is. Would anyone have any hints where I might be able to find the missing audio tracks?


If you don't manage to find the missing audio files I'd be willing to make a recording of the dialogues and courtesy expressions and then have it checked by a native speaker.


That is an awesome offer NIKOLIĆ! Thank you!

If you're happy to do so, I'm not going to say no. Perhaps you could offer them to The Yojik Website as well?

cjareck wrote:For the needs of DLI MSA Sound and Script, I asked on Hi Native. I received all the recordings, but unfortunately, I didn't ask about MSA, so I received a bunch of dialects with the different pronunciation that I expected. But you may ask there with additional information that you are interested only in Saudi dialect. Perhaps it will solve your problem.


Thanks cjareck! Also a very helpful idea :)
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Re: Team Middle East

Postby Monox D. I-Fly » Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:46 pm

Do any of you know where to download (not streaming) anime with Arabic subtitles? Usually I go to www.add-anime.net, but after some months not visiting it (due to freelance jobs, eye surgery, and mountain climbings), it seems that the site already went down. Do you guys know some similar sites where I can directly download them instead of streaming?
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