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Juba Arabic English Dictionary/Kamuus Ta Arabi Juba Wa Ingliizi (Arabic) Paperback – 1 Jan 2003

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
More help than you might think 3 Feb. 2009
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If you are going to Southern Sudan and want to speak Arabic with the people you meet there, memorize this book.

Arabic is famous for its dialects, which tend to be identified by the name of a country or larger region -- Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Moroccan Arabic. That makes "Juba Arabic," the dialect of the relatively small region known as Southern Sudan, a bit of an anomaly. In fact, Juba Arabic is startlingly different from even the Arabic of Northern Sudan, which is closer to both Egyptian Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic than to Juba Arabic. If you speak MSA and/or another dialect, you will likely find Juba Arabic a bit of a shock. It drops many of the emphatic sounds you've worked to learn, compresses conjugations and pronouns, and goes faster than you're probably used to hearing Arabic. This dictionary will prepare you for all that.

The book is a fine dictionary from English to Arabic and Arabic to English, but its best feature is the extensive explanation of how the dialect works that follows the dictionary. It goes into subject and object pronouns, verb conjugations (not that there are any) and tenses, possessives, numbers, and so forth. If you just read through the dictionary part, you'll recognize lots of vocabulary (if you already speak Arabic) and be disheartened by all that's unfamiliar.

One feature that could be either good or bad, depending on your perspective: The Arabic is written using Latin letters, which is apparently common in Southern Sudan, although I saw a lot of MSA in Arabic script in Juba (always accompanied by English!). If you read Arabic script, it is disconcerting to have to take Arabic words in via Latin letters, but if you don't already read Arabic, you'll be happy to be able to pick up some Juba Arabic without having to learn the script.
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Only Fish in the Pond 19 Dec. 2006
By Rad N. Cunningham - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you want to learn Juba Arabic this is your only option. It was written a long time ago and language is dynamic so it could use an update but I found the grammar section crucial. It has some formatting problems and leaves out the word for one hundred but otherwise it's an impressively compact language learning tool.
English Dictionary of Juba dialect of Arabic 9 May 2012
By Richard S. Reynolds - Published on
Format: Paperback
Overall this is a good dictionary of the dialect of Arabic used in the southern Sudan. The only objection I would raise is that it is transliterated and does not include the Arabic script
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