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Ahlan Wa Sahlan: An Introduction to Modern Standard Arabic [Textbook only] (Yale Language) [Hardcover]

Mahdi Alosh
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15 Mar 2000 0300058543 978-0300058543
This textbook is designed to cover the first year of instruction in Modern Standard Arabic. Accompanied by an instructor's manual and an audio programme, it will teach students to read, speak, and write Arabic. The text presents an engaging story that involves Adnan, a Syrian student studying in the U.S., and Michael, an American student studying in Cairo. In diaries, letters, and postcards, the two students describe their thoughts and activities, revealing how a non-American views American culture and how the Arabic culture is experienced by an American student. The text also provides information about the geography of the Arab world, prominent characters in history, festivities in Arab culture, the media, daily life, and the family. Exercises in comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and writing attend to both form and meaning and develop functional abilities and knowledge about the Arabic sound, writing, and language systems.

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  • Hardcover: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (15 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300058543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300058543
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 22 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,277,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A major advance in the way Arabic is taught and an outstanding new addition to the available materials on the subject." Roger Allen, University of Pennsylvania

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Mahdi Alosh is associate professor of Arabic at The Ohio State University.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Indeed! 22 Sep 2001
I have several books about learning arabic and this one is the best of all of them. It has a lot of information about arab culture from several arabic countries and info about differences between standard and colloquial arabic. It has a very good thing that is lots of exercises that tests you along the lessons. It presents the grammar in a simple and understandable way that it's very good for begginers. The vocabulary is very good also because it covers the most important things in life(in 30 lessons). I do recomend this book if you are seriously interested in learning this beautiful language.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Introduction to "Correct" Arabic 16 Aug 2005
This is the best book I have studied in modern standard arabic.
I have shown it to and discussed it with some native Arabs from the Levantine(Syria, Lebanon) and Egytian(Cairo) area. They have all whole heartedly recommended it as accurate. Within a few months I could pick up the key points on arabic news channels and could hold understandable and meaningful conversations. I cannot wait to complete the book ( presently about 3/4 of the way) and then get the intermnediate volume shortly to be published. A word of warning - if you dont buy the complete CD course with the book then forget it - use the book as a book end or door stop instead. Arabic is a tough language as the sounds of the letters and vowels and how they change in different conjugations requies a lot of listening to unravel and the 10 CD's accompanying the book ( purchased separately)are absolutely essential. Incidentally it makes reading classical arabic easy as well as the grammar and even most of the vocabulary are virtually identical. Have fun.......!
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5.0 out of 5 stars for a solid understanding of Arabic 2 April 2007
By Ehab Shoubaki - Published on
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I have been tutoring Arabic for 5 years ( & this is the best book I found to be the text book for my students. My students love my lessons & this book is a big part of the good experience.

it does not run over the material, it goes with you step by step, I do not know how Arabic would be learnt without a teacher, it is not like studying French if you know English..the difference starts in the Alphabet (writing & pronunciation) & grows more in grammar. So if you are looking for a gimmick book that will teach you to say parrot's "good morning" & "good night" & "have a nice day" then this is not the book...this is a serious, carefully planned, aiming at well-educated level of understanding & ability to handle this beautiful poetic language.

for those who says it won't help you learn on your own: Arabic is one of the hardest languages to learn, & it is an Afro-Asiatic language so if your 1st language is Indu-European then do not blame the book, & the book is not full of misspelling, probably you were not understanding the language enough to know what you are reading!

for those who do not like the book because of politics: the book is not political, it is a language book, but of course it will call Palestine by its native people given name & by the name Arab call it because it is teaching you Arabic in context! in this book you will follow some Arab students correspondances with their family & friends, & it will give you a background of the culture.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of grammar 22 April 2005
By David MacDougall - Published on
Before criticizing the book its worth noting that Arabic poses several problems to the English speaker. Standard written Arabic is thicket of grammar that makes German look like a walk in the park. Spoken Arabic is a simpler affair but dialects vary from country to country. So teachers of Arabic have to decide whether to start with grammar (A&S's approach) or with conversation (Al Kitab's).

I am using this book at NYU. I, along with my classmates and professor, complain about it's over emphasis on grammar, its typos and questionable organization. The strict grammar rules lend themselves to simple presentation in tables, but the authors generally fail to use this approach. Also note that you will need to buy the CDs. They are appallingly expensive given the poor production quality.

If your goal is to read classic Arabic literature A&S is probably your best bet. But if you want to be able to handle a basic conversation I recommend Al Kitab instead.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a beginner 14 April 2000
By Emily K. Purvis - Published on
I am a very new beginner. I have found this course to be very easy to understand and follow. (Note--I also have the accompanying tapes which I purchased seperately.) Each lesson is broken down into very easy to digest parts-perfect for someone like me who is doing this in my "spare time." I would have given this 5 stars if I had finished the course and could give a complete review. I can only say that for now, I am hooked and enjoying this process throughly. (This is the book used in the basic Arabic course taught at Rice University in Houston.)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice start 24 April 2002
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I have been studying Arabic for four years, and this is the best textbook I've seen that is currently available. It is well organized and easy to read. Useful vocabulary and a thorough introduction of the Arabic language are contained within. In this day and age a working knowledge of arabic is highly useful. This book, in turn, will prove highly useful to any student of the Arabic language.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for non-native speakers 13 Jun 2000
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I was intorduced to this book through the Arabic program at Ohio State where Dr. Alosh is currently a professor. The book is easy to grasp with or with out the help of a native speaker and helps the student to also understand the culture in hand with the language. Simple and complete, I would recommend this program to any person wanting to learn Arabic. Salam!
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