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    1. Arabic-English Dictionary: The
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    2. The Concise Oxford English-Arabic
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    3. The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read
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    4. Al Mawrid (English-Arabic/ Arabic-English
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    5. Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners
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    6. Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic
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    7. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic:
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    8. Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya:
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    9. Complete Arabic: The Basics (Living
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    13. Your First 100 Words in Arabic
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    14. Fun with Arabic: Learn Arabic
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    20. The Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary

    1. Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic
    by Hans Wehr
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    Asin: 0879500034
    Catlog: Book (1993-05-01)
    Publisher: Spoken Language Services Inc
    Sales Rank: 12730
    Average Customer Review: 4.65 out of 5 stars
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    Its scholarship, accuracy and reliability make it one of the most significant contributions to Arabic lexicography. It is hoped that this masterpiece will point the way ot wider use of modern lexicographical principles in the compilation of dictionaries for earlier periods of the Arabic language. ... Read more

    Reviews (23)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only Arabic-English Dictionary You'll Ever Need
    Anyone half-way serious about the Arabic language is already familiar with the Hans Wehr. For anyone just beginning their study of Arabic, this review is for you.

    Before being able to use this dictionary you have to know a few rudiments of the Arabic language: the alphabet, obviously, but more importantly the verb structure. There are 10-12 measures (awzan in Arabic) of most Arabic verbs, from which nearly all nouns are derived. Once you've learned this, you'll never need to look anywhere but the Hans Wehr for any word ever again.

    The book is arranged by two or three-letter verb root. Under each verb you'll find the applicable measures and all common noun derivations of each.

    As a professional translator, the Hans Wehr is always at my side. It's good to see the 4th edition is finally available in paperback. It's an improvement over the 3rd edition, and the old hardback 4th edition weighs about 15 pounds!

    Buy this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best Arabic dictionary I've ever used
    I'm pretty damn serious. I have found rare words and rare synonyms of good words. If a word can not be found in the Oxford Arabic-English dictionary, or any other dictionary I've used, at least 50% of the time I found it in the Hans Wehr. This is an excellent resource for Arabic speakers and non-indigenous speakers who are learning or learned Arabic. A life-saver in many take-home essay exams.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The only essential Arabic dictionary for English speakers
    First, I must say this is the only Modern Written Arabic (MWA) - English dictionary that the student of Arabic has to have. Others, Al-Mawrid, for example, are useful as supplements, and contain new vocabulary, and there is a more recent German edition (5th edition) of Wehr published by Harrassowitz, but this book has a standard of scholarship unrivalled by any other MWA-English dictionary. Middle Eastern published MWA-English dictionaries like Mawrid, for example, don't give the grammatical information learners of Arabic need, such as broken plurals, verbal vowelling, verbal nouns (masdars), let alone how verbs are used with prepositions, all of which Wehr tells the user.

    Words are in root order, so maktaba (desk) and kaatib (writer) both are found under the verb kataba (to write) . This really is the easiest way of ordering Arabic dictionaries once you've mastered grammar, though an alphabetic order dictionary is a help when you're starting and occasionally even when you're expert.

    This dictionary is NOT a dictionary of Classical Arabic (although Beeston in his anthology of Bassar bin Burd reckoned that Wehr covered the vast majority of the vocabulary of this poet of the 8th Century AD). For Classical Arabic, Lane (perhaps supplemented by Hava's Faraid) is essential. But Lane is useless for modern Arabic. And if you're reading mediaeval Arabic, you will find Wehr fills in some of the gaps in Lane.

    This dictionary is NOT a dialect dictionary, though it contains many dialect words that have found their way into the written Arabic of Egypt, Iraq, etc. Arabs don't write colloquial Arabic (at least not in formal contexts) and dialect dictionaries are specialized (dialect-English dictionaries are often written in transliteration rather than in the Arabic script). If you need a dialect dictionary, get one. This isn't one.

    Other reviewers have rightly commented on the size of this dictionary, but some have confused editions. The 3rd (paperback) edition was 114 x 162 x 45mm (4.5" x 6.4" x 1.75") in size, weighed 0.65 kg and had tiny 5.5 pt print. The 4th (paperback) edition is larger: 216 x 130 x 40mm (5.2" x 8.5" x 1.5"), weighs 0.8 kg and has 7.5 pt print. This makes the 4th edition's print much more readable than the 3rd edition's.

    The 4th edition which is sewn-bound is also more robust than the 3rd edition which was perfect-bound - I'm on my 3rd copy of the 3rd edition while my 4th edition soldiers on after 7 years. However, the book is not really pocket sized any more (I still keep using my last copy of the 3rd edition as a pocket copy).

    The 4th edition isn't cheap (it's much more in England than in the US, though). If you're in the Middle East, you can pick up Librarie du Liban hardback copies of the 3rd edition (they have larger print than either of the two paperbacks - about 8 pt) for a little less. But I'd advise students to get the 4th if they can afford it. If they've lots of money, perhaps get the Harrassowitz hardback - I've not done so. And if they have money and German, get the 5th edition (Arabisches Wörterbuch für die Schriftsprache der Gegenwart).

    1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION - GET THE BIGGER ONE.
    I had to buy this book twice, the second time I bought the normal sized version (which is about 6" x 9"). This particular version being reviewed here is just TOO small and you will need to invest in a magnifying glass just to attempt to read the script - and then you'll not be able to anyway because the ink is too thick. You are better off not getting this version in the first place and buying the larger version - believe me you will not regret that decision. BTW, I have totally normal vision, no glasses, no sight problems (in case you are wondering !!!)

    5-0 out of 5 stars For the beginner and the expert
    I've used many Arabic - English dictionaries and none were ever able to match the quality of the Hans Wehr, which was my first. My searches for other dictionaries were prompted by laziness, I wanted less and not more definitions, which can complicate matetrs when you're just staring to learn a language as complicated as Arabic. Moreover, the dictionary is arranged according to root, so it requires a good understanding of how to derive roots form words - Muhammad, for instance, is under H not M as the root is HMD.Once you have grasped this concept, so target your early lessons to that end you will enjoy the Hans Wehr and use it anytime you want to trasnalte written text from Arabic to English. I stress the 'written' part, as this dictionary is not very useful in conversations and does not intend to be. So if communicating in the Suq of Amman or the bazaar in Damascus is what you want, I would recommend anything but Hans Wehr. If you want to read "Al-AHram" on ther other hand, this is the dictionary for you ... Read more

    2. The Concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage
    by N.S. Doniach
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    Asin: 0198643217
    Catlog: Book (1982-06-01)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Sales Rank: 64274
    Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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    This convenient pocket dictionary--an abridged and updated edition of the acclaimed Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage--is designed for both the English speaker learning Arabic and the Arabic speaker learning English.It records the different levels of usage found in newspapers, radio, television, and films, providing major Arabic dialectal equivalents for familiar, colloquial, and slang words. Ideal for the student or traveler, the dictionary includes:

    * Nearly 40,000 entries providing English headwords with multiple meanings and their nearest Arabic equivalent

    * For Arabic speakers:phonetic equivalents for headwords, phrases illustrating unexpected and alien idioms, and explanations of headwords denoting concepts new to the Arab world

    * For English speakers:vowels and diacritics included in the Arabic text, irregular plurals of nouns, and simple verb conjugations in the imperfect tense

    * Meticulously transcribed Arabic characters for easy reading ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars decent (...)
    as arabic dictionaries go, this is not bad. (compared to the standards of english-european language dictionaries, it's terrible. unfortunately no english-arabic or arabic-english dictionaries measure up to these standards.) the presence of plurals/imperfect verbs/etc. in the arabic is very nice as it saves having to look them up in your hans wehr, but at the same time it takes away space, and this dictionary, despite its bulkiness, is not nearly complete enough. you will get frustrated trying to find translations of abstract nouns and verbs, phrasal verbs, etc, as many of them are simply missing, or translations for only some senses are present. what's worse, there are no glosses to separate out the senses, and even worse than this, the translations given are often not correct in terms of providing the most-used term first, despite the title's claim of covering "current usage".


    2-0 out of 5 stars NOT the best dictionary for students new to Arabic
    I purchased this book based on the mostly glowing reviews from other reviewers and I am very disappointed. The Arabic fonts used are SO small that, at times, it is actually quite difficult to make out the letters. Definitely, NOT a book for people who are new to the language.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good Eng-Arab dictionary
    This is most likely the best English to Arabic dictionary on the market for native ENGLISH speakers. Most E-A dictionaries are made for native Arabic speakers, and assume you know what the Arabic that your reading is. This is more English-speaker friendly. Only downside of the book is that it is only in hardback, which makes it difficult to pull out of your pocket and flip through quickly. Highly recommend over most E-A dictionaries, unless you are a native ARABIC speaker.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Average
    This is a good starting point. It is widely available and affordable. It is obviously based on British-English. So, it will probably take some getting used to by those not accustomed to British phrases and spelling. You must have some idea as to which word in Arabic you are aiming for prior to deciding amongst the given choices. A few words were found to be incorrect. Since this book is limited in word volume you will certainly end up having to search for some words via a second source at some time. I do beleive that this is the way to go for beginners and those looking for a bargain.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Adequate, but there are better available
    This is not the only English-Arabic dictionary you want to own. Its choice of translations is limited, as might be expected of a concise dictionary; the words that most commonly or accurately translate major meanings of English words are frequently omitted, which should not be expected of any dictionary. The absence of an Arabic-English portion of the dictionary is hardly a flaw, and I am surprised that a student of Arabic would cite it as such; the underlying organization of Arabic-English translation is much better left to the root-based system of Hans Wehr. (If you study Arabic and don't own a Hans Wehr, you're not serious about what you're doing.) I recommend two alternative dictionaries. Al-Munged is large, heavy, thorough, and well illustrated and organized. Al-Mawrid is just as respected, if not more so, and probably an equally good investment. I spent an hour in a Cairo bookstore looking up a list of about 20 test words in both dictionaries; this hardly comprehensive survey favored Al-Munged, but not overwhelmingly. Al-Mawrid also makes a small paperback concise dictionary that I find much more useful than the Oxford Concise, and it's smaller to boot. ... Read more

    3. The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It
    by Nicholas Awde
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    Asin: 0818404302
    Catlog: Book (1987-03-01)
    Publisher: Citadel Trade
    Sales Rank: 6788
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Arabic alphabet resource I've ever seen
    After browsing, borrowing & buying, numerous resources to learn Arabic, this is truly the best that I've ever seen! Several of the advantages are a font large enough to differentiate the letters and symbols, clear explanations of the letters, and individual discussion of the letters with practice recognition. The best feature by far is that there are step-by-step illustrations of how to write each letter rather than simply assuming that you can look at the letter and figure it out yourself. It's just like learning penmanship as a kid...with lines and all. They show you how to do it so you can succeed!! I've never seen another Arabic book for adults that did that.

    The book is small and older, but by far the best book for learning the basics before going on to things like vocabulary & grammar. If you are truly new to Arabic, start with this book for real success!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Learned the basics in record time..Unbelievable results!
    Being an American Muslim, I am fascinated with the Arabic language, because it is the language that the the Holy Quran was revealed in. So it was important to me that I learn it, so I would not have to totally depend on the translations of others.

    I had tried several Arabic classes , but ususally, something would happen, for one reason or another, I couldn't finish the class, or the class would discontinue.

    Then I stumbled upon this book, and within a month I was reading and writing and working on my vocabulary and grammar. I learned in my spare time at my own pace, with excellent results.

    I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Taking away the mystery
    I have learned some other semitic languages and was always interested in learning Arabic. I considered the alphabet/script to be too big a stumbling block. This book is simply very well done - elegantly laid out and intelligently arranged. It made it very easy for me to learn the alphabet as a gateway to learning Arabic. It is much better to get a book like this and learn the alphabet before actually trying to learn the language than to jump into a teach yourself book. I recommend it for everyone who wants to learn Arabic - master the alphabet first!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great guide to the Arabic alphabet
    I bought this book so that I could learn the Arabic alphabet, and eventually learn a little Arabic. I thought learning the Arabic alphabet would be very difficult since it nearly looks like the random scribbles of my four year old daughter. I was amazed at how quickly this book allowed me to transform those scribbles into their corresponding letters and sounds. I read the entire book in one night, and now have a basic understanding of the Arabic alphabet. With a little more practice, I'll be ready to start learning words and grammar.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For those wanting to begin learning Arabic
    I bought this book, in addition to "Beginner's Arabic Script" from for a friend who had absolutely no Arabic knowledge before we met, and as far as I know, it was a good beginning for her, simple and well explained book. I therefore recommend it. ... Read more

    4. Al Mawrid (English-Arabic/ Arabic-English dictionary) dictionary)
    by Mounir Baalbaki, Rouhi, Dr. Baalbaki
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    Asin: 1894412974
    Catlog: Book (1998-03)
    Publisher: Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin
    Sales Rank: 113127
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Containing over 200.000 entries, it is the most comprehensive bilingual Arabic-English and English-Arabic lexicon. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The bestyou could find!
    AL-Mawrid dictinary is the best reference for those who seek a precise and advanced translation between Arabic and English. It is the best tool for a translator who needs to understand nuances and idiomatic particularities.It is THE book! However, beginners should try something else!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great dictionnary
    It's a really great dictionary, u cannot think about a word that doesn't contain

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Dictionary
    it doesn't only have a dictionary for English Arabic - Arabic English, it also great as a dictionary of Arabic words used in English, and a dictionary for Arabic and English brovrebs - translated back and forth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best
    This is *the* reference to written arabic. All of the words are accented so it really helps beginner's pronunciation (like me). The fine hardcover binding is worth the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Arabic - English/ English - Arabic Dictionary
    It has been proven to be one of the best arabic dictionaries in the Arab world. Don't miss on it, if you are looking for dictionaries of this category. ... Read more

    5. Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners
    by JaneWightwick, MahmoudGaafar, Jane Wightwick
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    Asin: 0071412158
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-27)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 13806
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    Basics made easy--and fun!

    Extraordinarily accessible and highly effective, Read and Speak Languages for Beginners guides make it easier than ever for English-speaking language learners to master the basics of three particularly difficult languages--Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese. Using a variety of ingenious educational tools that instruct as they entertain, these unique beginners' guides help learners conquer the difficulties presented by script as they master basic conversational sentence structures.

    Ideal for tourists and business travelers, the books are organized around the seven key areas of everyday life--names and nationality; naming objects; positions and places; describing possessions; appearances; family; and jobs and workplaces--and feature:

    • Clear explanations of how basic phrases are used for practical communication
    • Entertaining activities, games, and puzzles
    • Illustrated flash cards that help in the memorization of key phrases
    • A 60-minute CD, featuring speaking and listening exercises and audio games
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    6. Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds
    by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi
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    Asin: 1589011023
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
    Publisher: Georgetown University Press
    Sales Rank: 43048
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The beauty of the Arabic language, both spoken and written--and the richness of the Arabic-speaking world, its history and culture--has recently become of increasing importance and a matter of revelation for the English-speaking world. It is essential as this new century unfolds, that understanding develops between nations--and language is the magic key.

    The Al-Kitaab Arabic language program is among the English-speaking world’s most widely used Arabic language learning texts. Alif Baa with DVDs: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds is the first part of the Al-Kitaab program. This revised, second edition contains updated readings, new and revised exercises, and completely new audio/video materials on two DVDs bound into each volume.

    In teaching the sounds and letters of Arabic, Alif Baa provides a variety of exercises aimed at developing the crucial nascent skills of reading, listening, writing, speaking, and cultural understanding. In conjunction with learning how to read and write the alphabet, Alif Baa introduces about 150 basic vocabulary words, including conventional forms of politeness and social greetings.

    Standard Arabic vocabulary is distributed throughout the book, enhanced by the visual and audio materials on the DVDs and implemented in practical exercises. It introduces a range of Arabic from colloquial to standard in authentic contexts, including social greetings in dialogues that take place in an Egyptian context, the most widely-used and understood Arabic dialect.

    Finally, Alif Baa includes capsules on Arab culture as well as an English-Arabic glossary. Alif Baa provides the essential first twenty contact hours of instruction that are the foundation for the rest of the Al-Kitaab language program. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not a bad start!
    This book is the first text I used to begin my journey in to Arabic.It's set up well, and it does it's job.I love the DVD, it's so cheesy but it allows you to see a real-life situation.The CDs alone are worth having, and I loved the writing exercises.It does what it is supposed to, but I am picky and would have preferred to have a better introduction to grammar and more words.I liked the combination of MSA and some colloquial Egyptian Arabic but my current professor frowns down on it, he's a purist!I would recommend this book if you prefer a slow start or are not a strong language learner and are attempting to this on your own.Most classes combine this book with the next text called Al-kitaab fii Ta'allum Al-'Arabiyya the second edition.I DO NOT suggest these as something you do on your own!If you are going at it alone, use Mastering Arabic first, it's designed for beginners and gives you a good, strong base.
    Overall, this text is a good start, but it is just that a BASIC start, use in conjunction with another book or to supplement a class.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A Detailed Text - But Better Beginner Options Available
    Recognize that Alif Baa is a college textbook designed as part of a three-year Arabic program.It is very detailed, but includes a lot of linguistic information that a beginner doesn't want.Al-Batal designed this as the definitive text on the Arabic Alphabet, and it is, but if you just want to learn how to read and pronounce Arabic in order to start studying, then you should go for a simpler text.Awde's "The Arabic Alphabet" is the one to choose.
    Alif Baa will tell you all the different regional pronunciations of each letter, different handwriting variations, etc.IMHO, that is too distracting for the beginner who just wants to unscramble the script and distinguish k from m, and so forth.The problem is that this book doesn't identify what is essential and what is nice to know, so people come out confused about three different regional pronunciations of one letter, rather than learning jiim = j, etc.These differences don't become important until you have progressed well into Arabic.
    Also, the Al-Batal series seems to guard the answer keys to their textbooks like state secrets, one of the biggest student complaints.
    And of course, $40 is a lot to plunk down if you can get what you want out of an $8 book (like Awde's).

    5-0 out of 5 stars VERY Easy to follow
    As a nonspeaker learning Arabic for the first time, I found this book VERY easy to follow.This includes 3 CDs to listen to sounds and vocab words.Alif Baa is the first book in a 4 book series, followed by Al-Kitaab Part I, Part II, and Part III.I am taking an Arabic course for the ARMY and this is the book we started off with.There are 10 units all together, with about 5 letters in each unit to learn, along with a cultural video at the end of each unit.In each unit there is space to practice writing your new letters and words containing letters that you already have learned, thus building your vocabulary at the same time.I would have to guess that this book should take the average person approximately 1 month to complete (Completing lessons each day of about 1 hour each day).By the end of the last unit, you will be reading real commercial advertisements and practicing word searches.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    I've been studying Arabic for about a year now (with a couple months' break in the middle) and have been through several other books that introduce the Arabic alphabet.Based on the recommendations of several other reviewers, I ordered the book and the answer key from Georgetown Press.I got the newest version, which is in DVD format.I am very impressed.In the Introduction section, not only do they pronounce all the sounds of the letters, they have a video image of someone pronouncing them.This is really helpful, as not only do you hear the difference, you can also see how the shape of the mouth and position of the tongue changes for the different sounds.

    I'm already pretty comfortable with the alphabet, having used Mace's book as well as some other sources, but I've already learned several new things working through the first chapter of this book.They also have video footage of someone writing the letters, so you can see how they are formed.

    While I will eventually have to go to school somewhere or do a study abroad to get more experience speaking Arabic in real-life settings, I find Alif Baa a great start for self-directed study.I strongly urge people to buy the DVD edition of this book and the answer key as well--from Georgetown press if not available here.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Arabic study book I have come by.
    We use this book at the University of Central Florida for Arabic courses. This is by far one of the easiests methods to learn how to read, write, and pronounce arabic letters. The vocab is very minimal this book along with "Your first 100 words in Arabic" will give you a great start. After this you can purchase a dictionary and begin learning words on your own. ... Read more

    7. Elementary Modern Standard Arabic: Volume 1, Pronunciation and Writing; Lessons 1-30 (Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Lessons 1-30)
    list price: $42.00
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    Asin: 0521272955
    Catlog: Book (1983-04-29)
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Sales Rank: 282703
    Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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    The Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Course (EMSA) is the premier introduction, for the English-speaking student, to the active written language of the contemporary Arab world. Expressly designed for the beginning student, the course is written by a team of Arabic language teachers consisting of native and non-native Arabic speakers, linguists and people whose primary interests are literature and allied areas. It implements an audio-lingual approach to language teaching while presenting the elements of Modern Standard Arabic as written and spoken in the contemporary Arab World. Volume 1 is complete in itself and presents a practical introduction to the writing system of Arabic and to its pronunciation, with reading and writing pronunciation drills. Thirty lessons provide a basic working knowledge of Arabic. Each lesson contains a text, a vocabulary, grammar and drills including oral and written comprehension passages. An Arabic-English glossary completes the volume. The course continues in Volume 2, which extends the knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and expression. Fifteen further lessons are followed by appendices which give reference information. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, easy to understand, but requires some patience
    Comparing this book with others of its genre, I must say that it has stood the test of time rather well. The lessons are written clearly, and are not difficult to follow on one's own. They are comprehensive, and cover as much grammar as is needed to go to quite a high level. The book can also serve as a reference volume. The accompanying tapes (which you should absolutely buy) give hours of examples of pronounciation and drill.

    The downside is that the book is long. (However, remember the old saying that, "Short writing makes for long reading.") Its vocabulary is not particularly helpful for general conversation. And it is not produced in a "slick" manner; specifically, its appearance is of typed rather than printed pages, and it is devoid of the graphics that many present day students like.

    My conclusion is that if you want a solid coverage of the grammar of Modern Standard Arabic written in an easy paced manner, and have the patience to "eat the elephant a bite at a time," this book will serve you well. If you are looking for something that will help you with conversational Arabic, or one that will keep you entertained while you are learning, then this is not the right book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Avoid this book
    I've used this book during two years of Arabic at the University of Texas. My professor cannot stand this book, and beginning in Fall 2002, the beginning Arabic textbook will be replaced by another (al-Kitab, I believe). My TA despises the book, and very, very few of the students could glean any information from it.
    My professor's major problem with the book are the Basic Texts and Comprhension passages which appear in every chapter. They are terribly out of date, and frankly, pointless. They are written in a "dumbed down" way, which makes sense in the initial chapters, but as you continue throughout the book, it gets very annoying.
    My TA made the point to me that the book's emphasis on grammar is not the ideal way to teach a language. It makes sense if you wish to understand Arabic as a linguist, but for those trying to learn the language for reading and speaking purposes, the information is seriously over-detailed. Entirely too much emphasis is placed on specific grammatical exceptions that I rarely employ in my reading or speaking of Arabic. I feel this time could have been better utilized learning more common elements of Modern Standard Arabic.
    As a student, I have a strong command of English grammar. This served me well in the lengthy explanations of grammatical elements, and after some struggle I could understand the concepts through the linguistic jargon. Most students, however, are not grammar experts. If you start trying to learn Arabic without a prior knowledge of simple grammatical concepts like what the imperfect case is in English, you will be dead in the water. This is a simple point, I know, but one which frustrated 95% of the students. The book offered them no definition on what imperfect is, and without others telling them it is just a fancy word for the present tense, they would have never guessed that from the book. Such difficulties become more and more pronounced as the book progresses through the lessons.
    My biggest complaint is with the vocab. I can talk for hours about politics and school in Arabic, but if I try and discuss a topic of a nonacademic nature, I'm fnished before I start. Example: the word for walk does not appear until lesson 32, a lesson not even in the first volume.
    And one more note: if you are trying to learn Arabic without the help of a native speaker, then do not buy this book. Pronunciation of certain letters in Arabic is markedly different from that of English, and there is absolutely no way you will speak correctly if you try and learn it from reading a book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars this book is horrible
    My instructor thinks this text is great. He is wrong.
    Even with the arabic cassettes to accompany this text
    the lessons are dull and difficult to comprehend from
    the examples. The explanations are insufficient to
    fully appreciate the drills that one has to finish
    in each lesson. You find yourself flipping back
    through the text to complete the lesson. If you
    want to be confused buy this book. The students
    in my class that speak Arabic, but don't know
    how to read or write complain about this text.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Impossible Text in Desperate Need of Revision
    For some ungodly reason, known only to my Arabic teachers, this has been my textbook since I began Arabic as an undergraduate in a tutorial. My professor used it when he was learning, so by God, we were going to use it too. Now as a Master's student, I am using it again. It is hideous. As I sit here revising for my final exam in this course, I have questions regarding the exercises, and there is no example for that particular question in the text! And God help you if you want to go searching through to see if you can deduce what you should be doing with that particular item. Basically, if you have a question about what to do with a particular phrase in an exercise, you're on your own, or you ask the professor. The vocabulary is totally irrelevant: does everyone need to know how to say "I am from Michigan and Lucy is from New York"? Um, no. The text is frustrating, archaic, and in desperate need of updating. It fails to have the same endorsements from the Middle East Studies Association that al-Kitaab does, and no one can quite figure out why Cambridge University Press continues to print it! The book is HORRIBLE, especially if you are a visual learner. Past experience with foreign language textbooks incorporates visual triggers (pictures); media; history; etc. Not only does Modern Standard Arabic bore students to death, but it is also a totally useless text. What do you come away with? You can't talk about yourself, or anything around you, you can only discuss politics--which makes it an Arabic coffee house in a big, obnoxious, orange book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Find Something Else
    Though some people obviously find this book useful in their study of Arabic, I have not. I used this book for the first two years of Arabic study and found it trying at best. Yes, Arabic is difficult, however this book does not provide desperately needed grammatical explanations. Also, it teaches you random vocabulary that neglects the essentials that normal language books teach you at the beginning. Not to mention the lack of modern type settings, making it more difficult to read the Arabic text.
    If you are interested in newspaper Arabic, I recommend Media Arabic published by the University of Edinburgh Press. ... Read more

    8. Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic, Part One
    by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi
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    Catlog: Book (1995-08-01)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Student of Arabic
    I feel sorry for those reviewers who had nothing good to say about this textbook. I think that their frustration comes not so much from this textbook as it does from the fact that Arabic IS HARD!! I have studied over 10 languages and Arabic is by far the hardest. This book is not perfect; I doubt any textbook could be, but it does what most Arabic textbooks do not--it tackles the language from many aspects: written, spoken, audio, reading, etc. AND gives you a lot of vocabulary to learn. While this can be frustrating at times it is absolutely essential to learning Arabic--it is a vocabulary rich language. As far as the Isalmic slant to some of exercises, what do you expect. Arabic and Islam are inseperable. Even everyday phrases reflect this. A lot of the complaints I read about this book seem to stem from the fact that a lot of students didn't buy the series but instead tried to start with part 1 (without Aleph Baa--the book for learning the alphabet) or part 2 without part 1 etc. These books build upon each other as language learning should. You can't expect to understand what is going on in part 2 without learning what was taught in part 1. This seems logical to me. If you want to learn Arabic get ready for a long haul and buy this book. Buy others as well but for sure buy this book. If you are trying to learn Arabic without the benefit of classroom study buy this book and get ready to be frustrated. Arabic is hard, but so worth the effort.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best Arabic learning course, but still short...
    I used this book to study first year Arabic at the University of Utah. My teacher, a native Arabic speaker, often stated that this was the best Arabic learning course that he had ever seen. After studying Arabic for three years, and trying some other books, I must agree. We used the audio and video cassettes to enhance the learning process, and these were very helpful. (You could probably get by without the video, but it would very difficult to go without the audio cassettes.) While this course is great for studying Modern Standard Arabic (the formal written text used in the Quran) it isn't very helpful for spoken Arabic. I would suggest this course for classroom, group or tutoring use in which a native Arabic speaker is present. If you are using it for self study, I highly recommend that you find a native speaker to help you out with pronunciation and conversation. THE GOOD: It is set up like other good language learning programs. It incorporates multi-media and all language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) to help students learn vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. While this may not seem incredible, just try some other Arabic learning courses, and you will see that this is a major benefit of this course. THE BAD: 1) This book assumes that you have already gone through Alif Baa' (the first of three books in this series), and therefore learned how to read and write Arabic. It builds on the foundation started in that book. If you haven't gone through that 6-week course yet then I strongly recommend that you do it first. 2) While the "guess the meaning from context" style of learning is helpful, it can be a bit much in this book. If you do not have the answer key, or a native speaker to help you with the answers, you may not be able to figure out the meanings of some items. 3) Looking back on this book now, I think that the absolute worst thing about it was that it teaches too much Modern Standard Arabic. While this is nice if you plan on studying the Quran, it is not very good for conversing with native speakers in everyday colloquial Arabic. As the series progresses I became very frustrated by the fact that I had studied all this Arabic for all these years, yet native speakers had a hard time understanding me, saying that I sounded like the Quran, or an ancient author. If you supplement this course with conversation (and tons of it) with a native speaker you will benefit MUCH more from the system, and you will probably even learn Arabic! OVERALL: If you are going to study Arabic, then this is the course to use - no doubt about it! If you incorporate the audio and video cassettes, and go through all three books in the series, your Arabic will be MUCH better than if you just use this book alone. Yet the book relies on the multi-national "Modern Standard Arabic", and doesn't give enough support for the colloquial language that is used everyday by native speakers. If you have a native speaker to practice with, I think that you will get the full Arabic experience that the authors had in mind when designing this series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best on The Market for All Age Groups
    I have studied Arabic at a variety of schools (graduate, undergrauate, professional programs) with different text books, and I found this book the be the most help. Most Arabic text books are preoccupied with wasting chapters on describiing school life and leaving very little time to develop vocabulary for adult/non-student situations, such as talking about personal lives, jobs, political and eocnomic situations, and comprehending news stories.

    In this series you follow people through daily lives, not only students, but people who speak about immigrations and failed relationships and fellowships and jobs and moving and being lonely. It's an awesome scope of context for vocabulary development, and the stories are linked in a way that provides a good basis for retaining the vocubulary accumulated.

    This is also an easy book to follow on its own, in the absence of an Arabic teacher; if a course is not avaiulable near your or too expensive at the momment. The audio cassettes/cd are vital but the video cassetes are not, and the stories told on video tapes are the same used for the oral comprehension exercises form the video tapes.

    Other Arabic series I tried (or were forced to use in classes) were Ahlan wa Salaam, which had an abyssmal vocabulary, focused entirely on student's perspecitves and gave almost no information about the gramtical structure; and the Cambridge (orange book) textbook for Elmentary Arabic, which lacked oral exercises. Both books provided answers, but due to poor editing, many erors were in the provided answers, which caused much confusion for students until a teacher was available for a dialogue(the Cambridge book was much worse in that apsect, but covered more grammatical details).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Hard, but rewarding
    I can't really add too much to what the more articulate reviewers have already said. I'm really writing this to counter the negative reviews.

    I've been using this book for about a month, in a second-semester class (Alif-Baa was used in the first). It's true that it asks you to make leaps of faith, in that you're sometimes given only parts of a verb ('she lives', 'I study'), or apparently inappropriately advanced vocabulary ('My father is a translator for the United Nations' in lesson 1?). On the other hand, it does seem to mimic how we learn our native languages: we learn piecemeal, rather than by memorizing conjugation tables, and we often learn by guessing the meaning, using the word, and re-evaluating based on the listeners' reactions. Also, we learn in several ways, all at once: reading, speaking, listening, watching.

    I have studied and achieved various levels of fluency in several languages over the last 30 years, ranging over Indo-European from Irish to Spanish to Russian, with a few others in between. I think you have to accept that, as exotic as any of these languages may seem to an English speaker, you'll have to open your mind to other ways of expressing yourself once you leave that (Indo-European) family.

    For a beginner like me, learning Arabic seems like a very long journey. Everyone decides for themselves whether it's worth the time and effort. I think this book goes some way towards making the journey interesting and stimulating.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Challenging, but rewarding
    After reading many of the reviews, I can understand where people are coming from. Al-Kitaab is no walk in the park, and after learning three romance languages I thought that Arabic would be a breath of fresh air. Granted, this is a frustrating language at times, and the way the book is set up, I feel like I am at the mercy of the story of Maha and her family. However, Arabic professors believe this is the only game in town for a rigorous program, and before this came along, teaching and learning Arabic was even more painful. The unfortunate part of Al-Kitaab is that you must take a leap of faith at times; although it is annoying to not understand what is going on, it all does eventually fit together. By the same token, working through this book can prove to be so tedious at times, you may question your resolve to learn this language in the first place. For the determined among you, trust me: if you can wade through this book, you will be in good shape. Sure, it might be a program that prepares you for government posts in the Middle East, but isnt that a level of proficiency to aspire to? ... Read more

    9. Complete Arabic: The Basics (Living Language Complete Courses Compact Disc Edition)
    by Living Language
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    Catlog: Book (2005-04-19)
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    10. Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic
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    Catlog: Book (1980-06-01)
    Publisher: Spoken Language Services Inc
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    This is a work of scholarship, accuracy and reliability that makes it one of the most significant contributions to Arabic lexicography. The practical arrangement of the entries and its comprehensiveness have made it the principal aid for the study of written Arabic. ... Read more

    11. Lonely Planet Egyptian Arabic Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Egyptian Arabic Phrasebook)
    by Siona Jenkins
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    Asin: 1864501839
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 63512
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Whether traversing the Nile or exploring Cairo’s labyrinthine alleyways, delve beneath the surface and discover the intriguing language and culture of Egypt. Confidently converse in Egyptian Arabic and ensure you don’t miss out on the friendliness and humour for which Egyptians are famous. Enhance your travels through this enticing country!

    • key to deciphering hieroglyphs
    • essential phrases for sightseeing, architecture & bargaining
    • comprehensive sections on diving, trekking & sport
    • everything from smoking a sheesha to sha'bi music
    • mouthwatering range of traditional cuisine
    • easy pronunciation throughout
    • cultural tips & essential etiquette
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Strange that a traveler's phasebook surpasses textbooks
    I lived in Egypt for nine months, studying Arabic intensively. I have bought probably twenty or so textbooks and phrasebooks on Arabic, both Standard and Colloquial Egyptian. Briefly, let me provide an overview of this book's strong and weak points:
    1. Excellent for someone who is genuinely interested in Egyptian Arabic, but perhaps too much for a week-long interest.
    2. Excellent vocabulary resource with a variety of subjects. I always used it as my first reference in everyday conversation. As far as I know, no one has written such a comprehensive yet approachable book for Egyptian Arabic.
    3. Weak on teaching Egyptian Arabic grammar. It gives an overview. If you have already had an introduction, you will be able to extrapolate grammar through common sense but this book does not explicitly break down sentence structure or conjugation.

    I gave this book five stars, despite its weaknesses, because it far superior to other Egyptian Arabic books-text books or phrase books. If you go to Egypt, enjoy it because it is a first-class adventure. ... Read more

    12. Arabic Verbs and Essentials of Grammar: A Practical Guide to the Mastery of Arabic
    by Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar
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    Asin: 0844246050
    Catlog: Book (1997-08-11)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 18119
    Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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    This concise, two-in-one book provides an accessible introduction to Arabic grammar and a comprehensive explanation of verbs in their various forms. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars decent but sloppy
    this book is very small -- 125 pages, large print. considering this, it's well organized and gets the basics across. however, there is not that much more information than you find in the section on verbs in the back of "teach yourself arabic", and the "essentials of grammar" part [apart from the verbs] is practically a joke, since there's so little information. even worse, this book is just rife with editing mistakes, both in the english and especially the arabic. for a reference book, especially a basic one like this, this is inexcusable.

    in my opinion, someone who is ready to use a book like this would not be satisfied, as they'd find it little more than a rehash of what already appears in their textbooks. instead, buy the other arabic verbs/grammar book by john mace, which is more thorough and has far fewer errors in it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good "quick and dirty" guide to Verb formation
    This is a nice outline of Arabic verb structures, but is not by any stretch of the imagination what the back cover suggests that it is (i.e. something to the effect that it is a "one-stop-shop" for Arabic Grammar). It should be noted that it does absolutely nothing with noun structures (cases etc.)

    If you already have a grasp of verb structures and just want a basic-review / memory-refresher in one slim volume, this is the book for you.

    For someone who is newer to the language, but has the alphabet down already, I would look to Schulz's "Standard Arabic - An Elementary-Intermediate Course" [these guys really cut to the proverbial chase and get going quickly, I reccomend this one more for folks with an existing background in linguistics and who already speak at least one other foreign language] or Brustad's "Al-Kitaab" series [the latter goes at a slower pace that many will find more digestable, especially if one doesn't have some background in linguistics jargon]. With either of these, I cannot reccomend strongly enough that you get the accompanying audio materials.

    4-0 out of 5 stars a good start, but that's it
    First off, it looks like I might have an older edition of this book, so maybe it has been improved. The edition I have is concise, with some errors, and is okay as a reference for beginning students. It's quick and simple to use. But it's nowhere near in-depth enough for advanced students, and even intermediate learners will find it frustrating a fair amount of the time. Use it in conjunction with a variety of other resources.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Aboo Imraan's review of Arabic Verbs and Essentials of Gramm
    This book is excellent when you need to learn Arabic verbs using the English Medium and if you do not have access to an Arabic speaker who can check the way you pronounce the verbs. However do not rely too much on this book after you have completed the 3 Madeenah Arabic Grammar books. After you complete those three books you will be able by the will of Allah to read and comprehend the explanation of "Al-Ajurumiyyah" entitled "At-Tufah As-Saniyyah" by Muhammad Muhyee-ud-Deen and after that the explanation of "Al-Ajurumiyyah" by Shaykh Saalih al-Uthaymeen. Both books are in Arabic and after studying both of them many students of knowledge were able to comprehend the Arabic language better than some students who study Arabic in Yale or Princeton! So as a beginner book in learning the basics of the Arabic verbs then use it, but after you get into scholarly works of the Major Scholars then this book may end up collecting a lot of dust, just like my old copy that is just sitting in my maktabah. lol

    4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely Essential
    Very easy to read and someone else is Arabic grammar at an English pace. The chapters are easy to follow and will assist both beginning students and those in higher levels of study. If you are taking Arabic at the University level (which is still basic--even at the 300 level) get this book. ... Read more

    13. Your First 100 Words in Arabic : Beginner's Quick & Easy Guide to Demystifying Non-Roman Scripts
    by National Textbook Company
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    Asin: 0844223956
    Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 13383
    Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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    This book is designed to teach the beginner a basic vocabulary of 100 Arabic words—covering 8 everyday topics: around the home/ clothes/ around town (including transportation)/ countryside/ essentials/ opposities/ animals/ parts of the body. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for the Beginner.
    This is the book to begin learning any language. This makes the transition to other learning methods much easier. This book gives the foundation for reading Arabic script and recognizing essential words in the Arabic language. I did have the pronunciation of some words wrong, but it was easy to make corrections. Other methods will teach the grammar and phrases, but this book should be the first to buy. This book and the "Teach Yourself Gulf Arabic" have given me a basis for expanding my knowledge of the Arabic language.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pair this book up with...
    "Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners" for the maximum benefit. I've been teaching myself Arabic off and on since I lived in Egypt in 1994, and these two are the best books for basic learning that I've found. Good basis on the fundamentals of the written language, as well as basic conversational skills. Repetition, the key to learning anything new, is the primary means in these books. However, as you progress, they reinforce the words and language skills learned earlier by forcing you to incorporate them as you get farther along.

    I've also found that the Hippocrene series has several excellent Arabic resources too. "Mastering Arabic" by Wightwick and Gaafar, and the companion Arabic-English dictionary and phrasebook are particularly good.

    I've yet to find the "perfect" book that combines reading/writing, vocabulary, and grammar all in one useful setting, and Amazon should know...I've bought at least a dozen different books from them in my quest...These 2 give a pretty darn good effort though.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Have fun in study Arabic!! Good for beginner!!
    This book will help the beginners to learn those everyday words in a funny and easy way. Strongly suggest to use the book after remembered and understood the Arabic characters and their transformations. The cons about the book is there's no words related to verbs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Does what it says
    This book does exactly what the title says: it makes learning the script an easier process. I used this book first and then went on to Arabic Explorer software by Rosetta Stone. I found I was pronouncing words wrong, but that was easily corrected because I only knew 100 words. I don't know how I could have used the Arabic Explorer software without this book, because they don't even introduce the script. With this book though it was a good transition. The best way I found to use this book was to go through a set of flashcards until I had the transliteration memorized and then start trying to cover up the transliteration and go straight from the Arabic script to the English word. A very good starting place for those who want to read and speak Arabic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Waiting for my next 100 words in Arabic
    Spent all of June in Safaga, Egypt. I showed this book to my Egyptian counterpart (a teacher, private pilot, Senior Master Gulf of Suez Ship Pilot, and business owner) and he immediately asked me to buy one for him to use to help his clients when they're in town. This is the way most of us learned English in Grammar school. Some by rote and visual learning. I believe this is the best primer for English-speakers available on the market. Definately the most useful of the ...of books/tapes I have purchased. I'm going to AMAZE my host family when I return to Ismalia next month. ... Read more

    14. Fun with Arabic: Learn Arabic the Fun and Easy Way
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    Asin: 0973051205
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-31)
    Publisher: Fun with Arabic
    Sales Rank: 271207
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Fun with Arabic, teaches you the Arabic language in a fun and easy way. This interactive CD-Rom will guide you through the Arabic alphabet. You will study each Arabic letter in full detail, showing you the different forms of the letter and its pronunciation. This should provide you with enough skills to read Arabic words and short sentences. In the grammar section you’ll be introduced to Arabic vowels, verbs, personal pronouns, adjectives, numbers, forming duals and plurals, and how to ask questions. By the end of the course you will be left with a wealth of vocabulary and the ability to form short phrases.

    Fun with Arabic is only available for Windows platform. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A fine tool for beginners.
    "Fun with Arabic" is a very well-produced self-paced program for those who want to get a quick introduction to Arabic and see if the language meets their fancy. This program goes particularly well with Awde & Samano's 'The Arabic Alphabet: How to read and write it."A very very brief grammar overview module is included. Sound quality is good, with both male and female speakers. I am extremely well-pleased with what I got for my money on this one! ... Read more

    15. Al-kitaab fii Ta'allum Al-'Arabiyya
    by Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi
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    Asin: 158901104X
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-30)
    Publisher: Georgetown University Press
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    The beauty and richness of the history and cultures of the Middle East are matters of increasing interest to the English-speaking world. As nations make their way into this new century, there must be dialogue and understanding--and language is the doorway into that new understanding.

    This revised and updated second edition of Al-Kitaab contains new video and audio material on three DVDs, along with revised and updated texts and exercises. Following naturally on the introductory text, Alif Baa, for theAl-Kitaab Arabic language program, this initial Part One text further develops skills in standard Arabic while providing additional material in colloquial as well as classical Arabic.

    The audio vocabulary portion of the DVDs allow learners to hear a new word followed by a sentence using it in context along with previously acquired vocabulary and grammatical structures, enabling students to build new vocabulary skills while reviewing previously exercised material. The video portion offers the option of seeing and hearing the video of each lesson in both Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. The DVDs also contain substantial material exposing the learner to Egyptian Arabic (the most widely used and understood Arabic dialect), a short dialogue in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic appears at the end of each lesson. New video materials also feature subtitled interviews with Egyptians about various aspects of Arab culture, such as gender issues, fasting in the Muslim and Christian traditions, social clubs and their significance, and more. ... Read more

    16. 201 Arabic Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Forms
    by Raymond P. Scheindlin
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    Asin: 0812005473
    Catlog: Book (1978-04-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Aboo Imraan's review of 201 Arabic Verbs
    Many students of Arabic are intimidated by this book because it was geared towards the intermediate and advanced Arabic student. However there are more pros to this book than cons. If you really are serious about learning Sarf (The science of how Arabic verbs are conjugated) then step up and study away with this book. The book was arranged in perfect order begining with all verbs begining with the Alif all the way to the verbs that begin with Yaa, the book is also arranged with a description of what verb type you are using and how it is conjugated in all its forms. I was very impressed with this book and whenever I teach or need to look up a word and how to conjugate it correctly I still come back to this book time and time again! For the beginners I say do not be intimidated, purchase the book and study! study! study! You will be suprised at how strong you will become in learning how to conjugate the Arabic verbs...I took a notebook and went a step further and created a Wazan type form of the book that conjugated the verbs based on the type for example I have all the Form 1's listed in one section, the Form 2's listed in another like this until I copied the whole book out! I also found it helpful to use with learning the way the Arabic verbs are conjugated in my study and memorization of the Quraan. May Allah make it easy for the students of knowledge in thier studies.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Useful but only for the already knowledgeable student
    This book gives you the conjugation tables for 201 verbs as it says, but be forewarned, you will already need to be fully conversant with the grammar and Arabic verbs in general to use it. The verbs aren't even given phonetic equivalents in the tables. So this is basically only for the advanced or perhaps intermediate student. For the price, I don't see why some basic information on Arabic verb conjugations, verb patterns and grammar couldn't have been provided, as in the other 501 and 201 verb books from Barron's. The 501 books, for example, often have 20 or 30 pages of material on this, serving at least as a good review for the experienced and a pretty good introduction for the neophyte.

    On the pro side, however, the index is organized according to verb categories and conjugational patterns. So if, for example, you need to look up the pattern for verbs with initial, medial, or final hamza, doubly weak verbs, geminate, or quadriliteral verbs, or any of the other verb categories, along with the 10 conjugational patterns themselves, you can find them in the index and then go right to that pattern in the text. The complete verb table and pattern is displayed, so if you need to find out what the imperfect subjunctive or jussive is, it's all there.

    If you're going to use this book and aren't at least an intermediate student yet, I can recommend the Arabic Verbs and Essentials of Grammar book by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar, which will help you fill in all the gaps. There are other grammars out there, but if you have some grammatical and linguistic background, the E. H. Parker book, Simplified Grammar of Hindustani, Persian, and Arabic, although now 120 years old and resissued by Dover Press, is still surprisingly good and a great bargain (at eight dollars) for the price.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Very limited
    I agree with most of the other reviewers - this book is of limited use and a disappointment. It gives detailed conjugation of representative verbs but no list of other verbs which follow the representative patterns. It assumes you have the Wehr Dictionary handy in order to figure it all out. It was obviously intended for specialist use - if so why promote it so widely. Oh yeah - caveat emptor: it also has errors. A much more useful and cheaper book is Arabic Verbs and Essential Grammar by John Mace who packs a wealth of information into a small volume.

    2-0 out of 5 stars poorly done, of limited use
    201 Arabic Verbs offers precisely what it says: 201 Arabic verbs fully conjugated. Conjugating verbs in semitic languages is not a simple task because there are many structures and those have many exceptions, so right there, a book that lists fully conjugated verbs is a useful thing. This book, however, is a failure because it doesn't live up to what it could have been and because it was initially poorly thought out. Let me explain:

    First off, as a project, the book was poorly done:

    - There is no index of the verbs conjugated in the book, so the only way to see whether a verb is there is to look it up.

    - The verbs were chosen from a list of words compiled in 1940. The verbs do not represent the most useful verbs the author could have chosen from each of the verb structures in Arabic.

    - The organisation of the book is alphabetical rather than by the type of structure (fa'ala, naf'al, etc). Of course, the lack of an index makes this organisation nessary but this is a poor design choice.

    - Examples of usage would have been nice.

    But beyond these technical points, the basic idea of a list of 201 conjugated Arabic verbs is of limited use. If the point was JUST to give the student an example of conjugating different kinds of verbs, then fine, but this is a very humble task. This book could have been INFINITELY more useful had it given exactly ONE example of a fully conjugated verb from EACH verb category, and then contained a HUGE list of thousands of verbs and a reference to their respective category and page number... that way, rather than compiling a mindless and mind-numbing repetition of similar conjugations, the book could have covered all verb structures AND several thousand verbs all within the same space! The title would then have to be changed to something like 50001 Arabic Verbs Fully Conjugated in all the Forms and it would still be about the same size. Such a book would be of immense value to beginners and experienced students alike.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Standing alone, it's a good book
    In high school I studied French and found the 501 French Verbs to be one of the best books around because it conjugated all of these verbs in every form, then gave sample sentences showing various usages of the verb. It also featured a long list in the back of thousands of other verbs that conjugated just like another verb already in the book and gave the page number.

    So, when I found 201 Arabic Verbs I was very excited, then a bit disappointed. This book has selected the 201 most common verb forms, though not the most common verbs, and has conjugated them. There are no sample sentences and there is no larger list at the back of the book. It is because it is not as comprehensive as the other 201/501 Verb books that I have only given this book 3 stars.

    On the other hand, though, the authors selected every common verb form, including the defective and hollow verbs, and DOES have an index of conjugation forms, indicating which page that form is on. So, once you have a verb you want to conjugate, you will probably be able to find one that conjugates just like it.

    A superb complement to 201 Arabic Verbs is "The Concise Arabic-English Lexicon of Verbs in Context" (available here on Amazon). This book features close to a thousand verbs in their most common forms, including a sample sentence. This is especially helpful in differentiating the different "measures". It does not, however, show conjugations. These two books, therefore, work very well together to match the power of the other 501/201 Verb books.

    If you are a serious student of Arabic, 201 Arabic Verbs is a must-have! ... Read more

    17. Spoken Lebanese
    by Maksoud N. Feghali
    list price: $34.95
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    Asin: 1887905146
    Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
    Publisher: Parkway Publishers
    Sales Rank: 128440
    Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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    This book,which comes with an audio cassette is designed to teach Lebanese Arabic; it teaches conversational Lebanese Arabic by making use of a specially designed phonetic system. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Spoken Lebanese
    Dr. Feghali's book is definitely not for one who knows nothing about the language. The lessons are poorly structured--they include dialogue in Lebanese with no translation and words that had not been taught in any previous lessons. I found the book difficult and frustrating. I know some Lebanese and I could not handle the book. I am also a teacher and I would never recommend this book as a teaching instrument.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book in that it is faithful to Lebanese
    This is an excellent book in that it is faithful to Lebanese phonology and syntax. It does not try to Arabize the Lebanese "dialect" in order to make it more acceptable to learners of "Arabic." However, I thought that an introduction to, and a use of LEBANESE script would have been more effective than using the various symbols the author has concocted.
    The Lebanese language already has a script, which was developped in the 1950s by the Lebanese linguist and philosopher Said Akl. I think Dr. Feghali should have used it to facilitate the learners' aquisition of this beautiful and wonderfully athletic language (which, by the way, should NOT be referred to as an "Arabic dialect".
    I don't know of any Frenchmen arguing that they speak a Latin dialect. Why should then the Lebanese, and the author of all people, denigrate their language and call it "Arabic".
    I highly recommend this book, but I only wish it was written in Lebanese

    3-0 out of 5 stars Almost There
    I am a Lebanese-American who did NOT grow up speaking Arabic. I was so pleased to find Spoken Lebanese because I really wanted to be able to say a few words to my Lebanese friends. The contents of this book are excellent. There are so many wonderful expression in Arabic that we don't have in English ie. what to say to someone when they return home from a trip, expressions of sympathy or congratulations. The only problem is that the tape contains NO ENGLISH and the dialogs in the book are not translated line for line in English. This makes it impossible to listen to the tapes in the car and know what you are saying. I also had a hard time figuring out what the dialogs in the book were saying. I hope that Dr. Feghali will go back to the drawing board and add the necessary English components to create a first class book. Until then, mine just sits on the shelf.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
    I used this in a UCLA class and found it very useful. The bad thing is that there is no alphabetical index of words, but if you learn everything in this book you will be able to speak a lot of Levantine arabic! It is all transliterated, there is no Arabic writing. The tape is also very helpful though they speak a bit too fast. I would still highly recommend it. ... Read more

    18. Teach Yourself Arabic Complete Course Audiopackage (Teach Yourself . . . Complete Courses)
    by JackSmart, FrancesAltorfer
    list price: $28.95
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    Asin: 0071430180
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-14)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 44980
    Average Customer Review: 3.63 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Much improved 2nd edition!
    As a fan of the Teach Yourself series, I was disappointed with the 1992 version of this course. The text followed an awkward path; surprisingly un-conversational relative to other TY courses, and the recordings were simply uninspiring.

    I picked-up the 2002 edition a couple of months ago and have found a much improved, completely re-written text featuring quick, relevant dialogues, a better print layout, adequate explanations of usage particulars, and more lively audio recordings.

    Arabic is not an easy language to learn without extensive audio recordings. Unfortunately, the Pimsleur series has yet to produce a decent standard Arabic course. I recommend Rosetta Stone or Transparent Language Arabic software, but if these are not available to you as learning resources, this edition of Teach Yourself Arabic seems adequate for the more-convenient book & cassette approach.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too many errors
    I recently purchased this book to teach myself Arabic - I am not taking a course, I'm relying solely on the book. Unfortunately, there are several problems with this text, the 2001 edition. Several times I have been working through the exercises in the book, with the answer key in the back, and have noticed mistakes. After numerous careful checkings on my own work, I am sure that I'm not reading things incorrectly. I must have found at least 20 errors, and I'm only at the end of unit 4.

    Another thing that bothers me is the number of words presented in exercises that never appear anywhere else in vocabulary lists, or in the glossary. I've spent more minutes than I can count trying to find these words that crop up here and there, only to give up in frustration on my attempts at translating them.

    Lastly, the presentation of vocabulary first, grammar last, is not the best for someone familiar with learning new languages. I have often been frustrated with what appears to be an inconsistency in the beginning dialogues, only to discover ten pages later, a spelling or grammatical rule that explains it.

    All in all, despite the frustrations, I am learning the basics of the language. The practice questions generally reinforce what was learned in the chapters, and the transliterations are a great way to check up on yourself to see if you're reading the script properly. That's why I'm giving it a three

    4-0 out of 5 stars attention relatives and friends of muslim inmates
    This THIRD edition has two CD audio-discs included
    which will be rejected or discarded by the CO @ CF
    The older, discontinued (out-of-print) 2nd edition
    has two CS audioCASSETTES which are normally Halal
    in the eyes of the ever-watchful Package Room CO's
    ?May I wholeheartedly recommend an alternative? It
    is still possible to supply your loved one with an
    audioCASSETTE D-I-Y Arabic learning course; get it
    by typing the following 10-digit ISBN: 0743529413.
    You type (or hightlight & copy & paste) 0743529413
    into Amazon's general "Search" box and hit "enter"
    Make sure that you order a NEW set (of 4) tapes. I
    realize that "used" sets cost less BUT the Package
    Room of the Correctional Facility probably notices
    on the packing slip that the mint-condition audio-
    cassettes are listed as "used" by the Amazon third
    party merchant. That would make the inside of them
    (the hollow within the shell) S-U-S-P-E-C-T. There
    is no need to chisel on the below-20-bucks cost to
    risk getting the (perfectly good but "used") tapes
    returned or trashed. "Nuff said RE alternatives to
    CDs for institutionalized American Muslims. Myself
    am a traditional Roman Catholic; nevertheless, God
    is ONE (please let's not quibble), and some people
    who wish to befriend an American/Canadian detainee
    or convict (who has time to learn Arabic) must buy
    paperback books or audiocassettes for the material
    to be allowed inside the pokey. Hope this helps to
    enable a devout North American to learn Arabic for
    a better understanding of the Qu'ran. Feedback OK.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Arabic Learning Book Proven In Baghdad
    I was a recon soldier with 1-13 Armor batalion in Baghdad. My mom sent me this book and I studied it religiously for about two hours a day and it got me readind and speaking it in a semi-effective manner in just a few weeks. It is written in such a way that teaches how to speak it well. I am currently in college at the top of my arabic class. We use "AL-KITAAB FII AL TAALUM AL ARABIYYA" It's not that good. This is, the only thing is I recommend a book to learn script to supplement this one. Remember to study hard too this isn't a freebie. GOOD LUCK.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginner's book
    I've looked at about a dozen beginning Arabic books so far, and this is one of the best I've seen for the complete novice. The introductory Arabic book by Youssif Haddad and Jack Ingle has a much more detailed treatment of the grammar and structure of the language, but you need more familiarity with written Arabic to benefit from it. I enjoy learning the formal grammar more than most people so although I think Ingle's book is a better book on the actual language, since I'm a rank beginner in Arabic I bought this one instead, and will supplement it with the Ingle book.

    I also thought the Hippocrene book was good, and it would be my second choice for a [beginner.] About half-way through the book it started including many full paragraphs of material for translation. I have my doubts that the beginning reader would be that advanced by that time but I don't really know. I have the Hippocrene Spanish Grammar and it is the clearest, most concise, and overall best basic grammar I have, out of the four five that I own. One other main strength to this book is that it can accompany the tapes so you can get some idea of the spoken language too.

    One thing I was pleased to see was that, although I had heard that Arabic was a difficult language, it is actually much simpler than Latin or Greek or even a contemporary Slavic language like Russian, as far as the grammar is concerned. It only has three cases, the nominative, accusative, and jussive, compared to Greek's eight, Latin and Russian's six (and the vocative case in Latin is hardly ever used), and German's four. The nouns are marked for the single, dual, and plural, which is different from English, which lost the dual inflection like many Indo-European languages many centuries ago. But the books make it clear that in modern spoken Arabic the three noun declensions are pretty much universally ignored, and you don't really learn them. The only time you need to know them is if you're reading classical literature or the Koran, or in academic discourse, where it might be used.

    However, one difficult thing is that Arabic has many different ways of marking the plural, and here it resembles the complex rules in English for the use of the apostrophe, which causes almost as many problems for native speakers as for foreigners.

    That having been said, verb conjugations in Arabic are not difficult and are quite regular, unlike Latin and many other languages. Here Arabic resembles Japanese, which also has a very regular verbal system, and you can count the number of irregular verbs in Japanese literally on the fingers of one hand, and also Chinese, which has no conjugation for gender, number, or anything else. In fact Arabic's is so regular that Arabic dictionaries can refer to the verbs by a number system (I-X). So it appears that the main difficulty in Arabic is learning the alphabet, which is more complex than in English since the individual letters alter their form depending on whether they're at the beginning or end of a word, or in the middle. Another similarity between Arabic and Japanese, oddly enough, is that they both lack a true future tense.

    Overall, a good first grammar on a language that may not be as difficult to learn as I was first thinking. However, I'm about to find out! ... Read more

    19. Teach Yourself Modern Persian/Farsi Complete Course Audiopack
    by NarguessFarzad
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    Asin: 007141908X
    Catlog: Book (2004-07)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 201873
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    Need a taxi in Tehran? Learn to speak Modern Persian.

    With Teach Yourself it's possible for virtually anyone to learn and experience the languages of the world, from Afrikaans to Zulu; Ancient Greek to Modern Persian; Beginner's Latin to Biblical Hebrew.Follow any of the Teach Yourself Language Courses Audiopacks at your own pace or use them as a supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are professionally designed for self-guided study, making them one of the most enjoyable and easy to use language courses you can find. Audiopacks include an instructional paperback book and two companion 60-minute audio CDs.

    Prepared by experts in the language, each course begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident communication, including:

    • Step-by-step guide to pronunciation and grammar
    • Regular and irregular verb tables
    • Plenty of practice exercises and answers
    • Practical vocabulary and a bilingual glossary
    • Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout
    • An exploration of the culture
    • And much more
    ... Read more

    20. The Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage
    by Oxford, Clarendon Press
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    Asin: 0198643128
    Catlog: Book (1972-06-01)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Sales Rank: 457409
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Very clear and legible Arabic typeface
    Still a beginning student not yet qualified to comment on many aspects of this dictionary, I am however very pleased with the large, clear, easy-on-the-eyes Arabic font in this full-size edition. I steered away from the smaller formatted and much cheaper edition for fear that as a new reader I would not be able to make out the intricate script. [Years ago as a student of Khmer, another fairly intricate writing system, I first found myself reading documents with a magnifying glass, but once I reached a more advanced level everything seemed clear enough. I imagine it takes most students a while to adjust to what at first seems to be very strange and tiny scribbles.] Most Arabic entries seem fully voweled, so I do not see the need for the English phonetics that another reviewer demanded. I used the "Fun with Arabic" CD-ROM to get past the phonetics. I'm pleased at what I got for my money. I also followed another reviewer's suggestion and ordered the Al Mawrid dictionary as well. If you are going to put in the huge amount of time required to learn a foreign language, you'd best invest early in the game.

    1-0 out of 5 stars ATTENTION SELF STUDY! No English pronunciation!!!
    I have used an English/Japanese dictionary that had the Japanese pronuciation in English characters as well as in Japanese. This book contains no such function. If you don't read Arabic, this book is of very limited use. You will have no way of determining the pronunciation. THIS BOOK DOES NOT SUPPORT SELF STUDY! Such an obvious oversight by the Editors and Publishers of this book is deeply disappointing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the best english -arabic dictionary
    its the best and most useful dictionary i have ever rea ... Read more

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