Archive for March 3rd, 2011

Libyan Language Resources from DLI / JLU

As it grows increasingly clear that the disorder in Libya isn’t going to end anytime soon, I figured I’d reproduce some (hopefully) useful Libyan language resources produced by the Defense Language Institute. DLI’s Foreign Language Center, who I’ve linked to in the past, provide a staggering multitude of resources on darn near every language and dialect in the world, much of it freely available (albeit not always in a user-friendly format).

Obviously, Libya uses Arabic, albeit technically a regional variation, and the DLI’s resources reflect this, as far as I can tell.

For your convenience, I’ve reproduced the two most useful resources from the “Basic Guide to Libyan”:

the Basic Language Survival Guide (987KB PDF file), which is formatted as a set of flash cards, basically, showing various words and phrases in English and Libyan Arabic, with phonetic pronunciation…


the Basic Guide to Libyan, an interactive (flash-based) self-paced learning module thingy, formatted for (older) PDAs. Flash appears to be the only requirement, so I’m guessing it may work on things like Droid smartphones, but can’t make any guarantees. Even if you don’t have a PDA or other device it’ll work on, it may be worth downloading because the majority of its size (15.7MB zip file, FYI) is MP3 files providing spoken examples of all the words and phrases in the Language Survival Guide, above.

Depending on where you are, you can possibly view this online yourself at this link, and then proceed on to the civil affairs-specific module, should that be what floats your boat.


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