This course is an introduction to classical Syriac, the language which the Syriac Church Fathers spoke and in which they wrote. Many important theological and spiritual works have been composed in Syriac. Participants will be introduced to the alphabet and to Syriac grammar and syntax and learn simple sentences for daily use. Participants will also learn how to understand and translate basic level Syriac texts. West Syriac pronunciation is used throughout the course, but participants are allowed to use other pronunciations as well. From the beginning, learners are encouraged to use their linguistic skills in the real-life social setting of their learning and liturgical community.