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.