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Ahlan wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners (with DVD and CD) (Book DVD & CD) [Arabic] [Hardcover]

Mahdi Alosh , Allan Clark
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3 July 2009 9780300122725 978-0300122725 2
'Ahlan wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Intermediate Learners' is an intermediate text designed for students continuing to develop overall proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic. The approach is highly functional, with a focus on guiding students toward acquiring language skills that serve practical uses in daily life. Features of the programme include: an innovative approach that combines theory and practice, emphasizing the development of skills such as listening, speaking, and writing; a 33-page grammar review that provides a smooth transition from beginning to intermediate level study and allows students to review what they have already learned; a variety of new drills and exercises for classroom use, an audio programme that contains listening comprehension passages by native speakers, and authentic reading passages offering insight into the target cultures.

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2 edition (3 July 2009)
  • Language: Arabic
  • ISBN-10: 9780300122725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300122725
  • ASIN: 0300122721
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 23 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 754,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mahdi Alosh is associate dean for international affairs at the United States Military Academy.

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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is NOT, NOT, NOT for beginners! 9 Oct 2009
By Bones
I've started learning Arabic at evening classes and I am now a good few weeks in and my grasp of the language is improving. I thought that I would supplement my learning with a 'beginners' textbook. I saw this book online, titled "Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners" and bought it expecting exactly that... a beginners textbook to Arabic. As the other reviewer of this item points out, this is NOT for beginners at all.

For example, I turned to Chapter 1, Lesson 1 and was greeted with five solid untranslated lines of Arabic before the first English sentence told me "Prepositions usually acquire specific meanings from the context in which they are used. In the passage above, the preposition (book shows an arabic word in arabic script) means "on" and (book shows an arabic word in arabic script) means "in"... The prepositional phrase is made up of the preposition (shows arabic letter) added to the noun (more unexplained arabic letters) "side"......."

Er, hang on a second... What about giving me a list of letters of the alphabet, or perhaps telling me how to say "hello" or "how are you"? I don't want to dive straight into the preposition structure of a language that is new to me and very complex! The arabic words aren't even transliterated to help you try to work out how they sound. You're just hit with a line of arabic script (tricky to understand as a 'beginner') and then the English equivalent.

I'm sure this book is excellent for a more advanced student, and the layout and content does look VERY comprehensive. I don't doubt that it will be of use to me in a year or so, but right now, having bought it under the impression it was for BEGINNERS, I have to give it 1 star because it is not what it says it is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The effort and care put into the creation of the MP3 CD (it is not an Audio CD as a music CD by the way) is literally rubbish, a dog's job from execution to packaging.

Firstly, it is not because the files are in MP3 format that make them ready to use on a iPod. In order for a bunch of MP3 files to be useful and easy to store, find and manage in a player, the publisher (Yale University Press) MUST put some effort to properly tag the MP3s with the following id3 information:

- the freaking name of the album
- the freaking name of the artist (author)
- the freaking TITLE of the track
- the freaking NUMBER of the freaking track

If this information is not provided, the MP3 player won't be able to sort the tracks into albums, sort the order of them against each other and won't display the collection of MP3s in an order that will make sense to humans.

Now multiply the lazy job of Yale University Press by 240 tracks and what you have is a massive mess hindering any attempt for productive learning as you will spend more time trying to find the badly recorded tracks than listening to their crackling, noisy and annoying sound when they are needed.

The geniuses at Yale went a step further to make things even more difficult for us. If it is not enough to completely ignore ID3 tagging, they named the files in the following format:

[track number] [Lesson number (which is from 1 to 24)] [Lesson name] [page number].

Well done Yale, except that by putting the track number before the lesson number you make all the files that start with a track number to bunch up together on an iPod playlist, for example:

...01 - Lesson one - Blah blah - p. 01
01 - Lesson two - Blah blah - p.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars bad for beginners 7 Oct 2009
Although this is a very interesting and good written book, by no means would I recommend it to beginners, it will just make things more complicated and tough. I quit reading it, as soon as I realised that I wasn't understanding a thing...!! So, I had to order another book which really was for beginners. This one is best suitable for intermediate to advanced students.
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2.0 out of 5 stars bad choice.. 6 Jun 2014
By Zoe
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this book was recommended by my Arabic professor as a beginners book.. Definitely not a beginners book!! very difficult book to get the gist of, and very very heavy to carry! a bit better though than the first version which is indeed awful.
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