Latest Book by NYU Abu Dhabi Senior Arabic Lecturer Offers Insights Into Everyday Emirati Culture

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Published July 30th, 2018 - 09:00 GMT
Nasser Isleem, NYU Abu Dhabi Senior Lecturer of Arabic
Nasser Isleem, NYU Abu Dhabi Senior Lecturer of Arabic

NYU Abu Dhabi 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.

His previous publications include: Ramsah: An introduction to Learning Emirati dialect and culture, Popular Proverbs: An Entrance to Palestinian Culture, Perspectives: Arabic Language and Culture in Film, Popular Proverbs: An Entrance to Emirati Culture, and Arabic Language in the Emirati Films, Linguistic and Cultural Window on Emirati Films, among several others. More about Isleem can be found on NYUAD’s website, while more about his publications and work can be found on .

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New York University Abu Dhabi

NYU's agreement with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to create NYU Abu Dhabi is the outcome of a shared understanding of the essential roles and challenges of higher education in the 21st century: a common belief in the value of a liberal arts education, concurrence on the benefits a research university brings to the society that sustains it, a conviction that interaction with new ideas and people who are different is valuable and necessary, and a commitment to educating students who are true citizens of the world.

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P.O. Box 129188
Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates

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