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201 Arabic Verbs (201 verbs series) [Paperback]

Raymond P. Scheindlin
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series Inc.,U.S. (Dec 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812005473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812005479
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless - in my view 12 Dec 2004
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The 201 Verbs Series is an old established series of books, designed to help students get to grips with the irregularities of verbs, a serious problem with most European languages, which have complex verbal structures and irregular verbs by the dozen. But here we have a language which has _almost no_ irregular verbs (OK, ra'aa, to see, and laysa, to not be, but I can't think of anothers). Almost all verbs are regular: though some work slightly differently to others due to the presence of a /y/ or a /w/ in the root letters, still they work consistently (unlike in the related Hebrew and Aramaic languages where guttural letters change 'doubling' and 'vowelling' in unpredictable ways.).
I tried it years ago, didn't get anything out of it, and recommend a grammar book instead, perhaps Ziadeh and Winder's "An Introduction to Modern Arabic" which has good verb tables and a lightish approach, or Haywood and Nahmad's "A New Arabic Grammar of the Written Language" if you're in for the long haul (I used the latter).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good 4 Sep 2004
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this book helps you especially with the more difficult verbs and their conjugation. The book is a basis to conjugate other verbs and not essentially a list of verbs you will need when speaking. could have done with a few more notes otherwise good for the experienced beginner.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable resource 11 Jan 2002
By A Customer
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This book was recommended to me by an Arabic tutor who had recently returned from Mauritania and was conducting a course on introductory classical Arabic grammar in the form of Al-Ajrumiyyah: a basic text, favoured within Northern and Central African terrain.
The book has proven to be a most valuable adddition to my Arabic-learning arsenal and certainly takes a lot of the hassle out of determining how to decline those seemingly innocent triliteral stems!
The format, in terms of arrangement, takes a bit of getting used to but constructing your own alphabetically listed contents comprising of translations of verbs helps to no end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars required reading 4 Jan 2012
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This book was required reading for my degree and stood me in pretty good stead. If you picked it up with no prior knowledge of the language it would mean nothing - there are no explanations and the scantest intro. To the novice, taken in isolation this book will be useless. Used as part of a course and in conjunction with other materials it's an invaluable resource and my copy is well thumbed and annotated. As comprehensive as such a work can be, it gives fully nunated conjugations of all the forms to aid pronunciation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars poorly done, of limited use 8 Sep 2000
By Mayer Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you understood how to use it, you would have liked it... 24 Aug 2004
By Neville Marriner - Published on Amazon.com
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One common thread unites those who did not like the book...they did not figure out that the paradigms shown (the 201 actual verbs conjugated) are to be used by referencing the index in the back to find the type of verb you want to conjugate and then looking at the paradigm it references. The meaning that the book gives is not important since many verbs have many meanings (often) anyway. Context and your dictionary is always the source of meanings. You can find the correct way to conjugate almost any verb by identifying its type in the back and referencing it's model paradigm. If you know how to do this, this book CAN be helful for beginners. Intermediate and advanced students often have a sense of how conjugations go and after a while don't need a tool to tell them. Those who understand how to use the book, give it good reviews.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be better but 8 Jun 2005
By Trixie - Published on Amazon.com
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There isn't another commonly available resource of this type that I know of and I have found it very useful. You don't get very far into Arabic before you learn the joys that are the hollow verb (those with a long vowel in the middle) and the defective verb (those that end with ya or alif maqsura) not to mention the shuffling short vowels between present and past tense. My textbook (Ahlan wa Sahlan) conjugates only a small representative few in the index so I really needed a reference such as this.

As you can guess from the title, this book takes 201 verbs and conjugates them in Active and Passive voice (where relevant) giving these forms:

1.) Past

2.) Present

3.) Subjunctive

4.) Jussive

As well as providing the imperative, active and passive participles, and the root-very handy for beginners dealing with quadriliteral verbs. Each verb is provided along with a brief definition. No, it's not as thorough as a dictionary but that's what Al-Mawrid is for, right?

I liked the selection of verbs (I was very happy to see that the verb for "to see" was included), the index that listed the type of verbs (e.g. verbs with initial hamza, verbs with final waw, etc.) and the printface is legible and of decent size. Compare with the Hans Wehr budget print dictionary and you'll appreciate how nice this is. They also clearly provide all short vowel markers which aren't always in dictionaries.

The biggest complaint is, as other users have stated, there is no index of the specific verbs provided as examples. As I've looked them up, I've started just writing them in the index but this is messy. I'd also think some brief explication on how to create passive, subjunctive, etc. would be a good addition but perhaps that is beyond the intended scope.

If you have a particular verb type that really confuses you-defective verbs give me fits-then this reference will definitely be helpful.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aboo Imraan's review of 201 Arabic Verbs 17 Jan 2004
By Aboo Imraan al-Meksiikii - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the student of the Arabic language 4 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This world is one of action; and to feasibly communicate through the medium of language, one must be able to express the dynamism of action via the use of verbs.
This book has a list of 201 extremely useful verbs that the student of Arabic will want to remember, as they can be used on a daily basis. Additionally, these verbs are common in Arabic literature, so learning them will decrease the need for dictionary reference.
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