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Aramaic/Assyrian/Syriac Resources

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I have been trying to study Aramaic recently (in any of its forms), and have found that there is a HUGE lack of resources for it. I have already checked Memrise and found about 1 or 2 Biblical Aramaic courses, which I have already taken, but they are very short and don't provide much material. If anyone has or knows of any Biblical Aramaic, Neo-Aramaic, Syriac, or Assyrian courses, websites, videos, or materials, please post them here.

Thanks so much!

P.S- If you want to learn Aramaic as well, please comment why! And if you are a native speaker, please comment in your beautiful language!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianMolin

Hi!
I have gathered a team of native Assyrian speakers recently, and we're working on creating an Assyrian course on Memrise. (Although I'm not a native speaker) I'm acting as a "guide" for them and we're working to create the course.... The course is not published yet as we aren't finished, but once we have the first few lessons complete, I can send you the link to it if you would like.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000
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That would be awesome! Please do, I am looking forward to it. Will the course be using the Hebrew or Syriac alphabet?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianMolin

The course uses the Syriac eastern font, which looks like this:
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This is the script used by most ethnic Assyrians world wide.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000
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Will the course be teaching this font? Because I know the Hebrew Aleph Bet, but not the Syriac alphabet.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianMolin

Well, the modern Assyrians do not use the Hebrew Alaph Bet... the only reason as to why some courses on memrise that say Syriac use it is because at one point, it was much easier for the creators to use it as they didn't know that there's actually an Assyrian keyboard layout... but there is, and it doesn't take long to install it and set it up.
However I think you should still use it because once you know the Hebrew Alaph Bet, it will be pretty easy to learn the Syriac alaph bet (keep in mind that pronunciation of the letters differs as well)....

2 years ago

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Ok, I understand. Do you know of any resources for learning it?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/barcyy

Hey Sebastian, how far did you get with this project?

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianMolin

not very far because most people had things to do and could no longer work on the course :(

3 months ago

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2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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I have no idea is this is good: lexicity. The home page lists some related languages.

There is a 19th century translated grammar, or another, by Nestle that you can download. There are several others on Google books, in English.

This probably doesn't help, but there are older scanned textbooks in Latin and several others, and on archive.org and more, and a few scanned textbooks in Russian here, one of which is available for sale, if that helps any (about $11 + s/h).

There's a textbook in English of Biblical Aramaic by van Pelt, which costs about $35.

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2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nmk83
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I'd also recommend Lexicity- http://lexicity.com/ - it's not a language learning site itself, but it does compile many good and useful resources, both for Aramaic and Syriac.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JenniferL.Porter

I want to learn Aramaic so I can read the Talmud (in Aramaic--I dislike translations).

1 year ago
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