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.
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's publications and work can be found on www.arabiyyaat.com.