Abrid 4

By the time you start Abrid 4 you will know the basic grammar of Tamazight, but you will still need more practice getting comfortable with sentence structure (Things tend to move around a lot in Tamazight sentences.) and the more complicated tenses. Don't short-change yourself by skipping Abrid 4. There are still important things you haven't learned yet! The essential element of this level concerns participles and linking words that enable you to smoothly connect sentences and paragraphs. There is also a special emphasis on common idioms and expressions. You will learn numerous ways to express a variety of emotions. Did you know that these emotional expressions often focus on the liver?

In this level you will be exposed to traditional Tamazight riddles, in addition to proverbs, dialogues, and a number of texts and poems from Berber newspapers. This will allow you not only to increase what you can speak about, but your knowledge of Berber culture will greatly deepen, and you will be considered an "insider." The Workbook for this level is a genuine treasure trove of practical exercises and cultural knowledge. Nothing else like it exists.

Goal

  • You will have covered all the grammar of Tamazight!
  • You will have acquired the ability to contribute to a discussion between Imazighen. They will be delighted with your ability to speak their language and will say that you really are "one of us." They will feel that you share their "knowledge bank" well enough to be naturally included into their conversations.
  • You will be exposed to some of the main regional variations in Central Moroccan Tamazight, and this will allow you to adjust to the small changes that happen in the language as you go from one town to another.

Details

As for each Abrid level, there are 2 textbooks for the Abrid 4 course a Student Book, covering all the material for each lesson, and a Workbook, filled with interesting review exercises and supplementary dialogues, texts, and proverbs that go with each lesson. A CD accompanies the Workbook, covering selected lessons from the Workbook.

Time Frame

This level has 33 lessons, and due to the more complex nature of the material, many lessons take more than one class session. Thus, count on at least 50 sessions of 90 minutes (75 hours). This is best done spread out over a 10 week period. You can do these in modules of 10 sessions (15 hours) each. As with the other levels, it is always possible to add extra sessions for drilling, additional conversation, and review. Expect significant out-of-class time in revision and practice. It is very important to find a language helper to increase your practice time, and it is highly recommended to take some trips to nearby Berber towns where you'll have more opportunities to put the language to use.