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Computer Game teachs Iraqi-Style Arabic

About 100 U.S. soldiers and Marines serving in Iraq will soon have a new tool intended to help keep them safe, and perhaps make their jobs easier -- a computer game designed to teach them how to speak Iraqi-style Arabic. NPR’s Ina Jaffe reports on the game’s appeal to a new generation of troops already familiar with interactive video games.

Note: This material is a report ABOUT Tactical Language. The actual game is available through

 Languages include Pashto and Dari.



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James Bernhardt
James Bernhardt (Faculty)
10 years ago
The link is to an article done by NPR about the games and not to any usable Arabic materials. There is no indication how non military users might be able to acquire the games.
ali abueisa
ali abueisa (Student)
11 years ago
Reply to Yousif Omer Hi Mr. Omer, I explored the game in the website. I’m teaching Iraqi dialect here at Fort Riley in Kansas. There are four computer labs for the Iraqi dialect. We have like two games in the tactical Iraqi dialect the first one is really hard game called arcade, and the other one is mission game which is very popular. The program is developed by University Of Southern California. The website is very interesting, and still I’m working on it. I will recommend it to the army students to help them in their mission in Iraq. Please if there are any additional links about this issue, email it to me directly and that will help me a lot. Thank you for the effort you put in this discussion board and have a nice day. Yours truly, Ali Abueisa
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lkkcdrb lkh vtfvko (Faculty)
11 years ago
I am a Hebrew language teacher who has seen the difficulties students have learning the Iraqi dialect of Arabic. The difficulties native English speakers have include: reading right-to-left, making the unique guttural sounds of the language, and writing using a completely different set of characters. I read the an NPR article, “Digital Culture,” and it reminded me of another article I had read 2-3 years ago about project Babylon that attempted to simultaneously translate the Afghan languages for the American soldiers in the field via a microphone and a hand held device. Unlike the Afghan attempt, which was an unsuccessful solution to the language barrier, this Iraqi one seems to be more effective because instead of presenting words in isolation it provides global language in context. The game turns out to be a useful "crash course" for the troops in the combat zone. Basically the game uses the popular point-and-shoot format which is dynamic and holds the students' attention.