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Arabic: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Essential Grammars) [Paperback]

Faruk Abu-Chacra
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Book Description

26 April 2007 0415415713 978-0415415712 New Ed

Arabic: An Essential Grammar is an up-to-date and practical reference guide to the most important aspects of the language. Suitable for beginners, as well as intermediate students, this book offers a strong foundation for learning the fundamental grammar and structure of Arabic.

The complexities of the language are set out in short, readable sections, and exercises and examples are provided throughout. The book is ideal for independent learners as well as for classroom study.

Features of this book include:

  • coverage of the Arabic script and alphabet
  • a chapter on Arabic handwriting
  • a guide to pronunciation
  • full examples throughout.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (26 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415415713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415415712
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 579,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Faruk Abu-Chacra is Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Arabic at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Arabic book 26 Jan 2011
This is an excellent book, the explanations are really clear. Each unit on an area of grammar is followed with a reading exercise that has twenty or so Arabic sentences with a convenient English translation directly underneath. Furthermore, each individual Arabic word has a reference to its exact Arabic word in translation within the translated sentence. This makes answers far more accessible than having them in another book which is rather primary school like.

There are a couple of anomalous exercises in the books which have no exercise key, if anyone has those answers those? Please comment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arabic Grammar 24 Oct 2009
Very thorough overview of Arabic grammar, from basic to intermediate level. Includes written handwritten arabic and pronunciation keys.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Caution 19 Mar 2013
By B Brock
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is excellent in the paperback version. No work has been done on it to make it compatible with the kindle platform and the arabic script is far too small to be easily readable. A real shame as it is an excellent book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise and useful 28 Oct 2008
By David C. Moberly - Published on
I bought this book because it seemed like a great way for me to maintain the grammar I've learned so far in Arabic. So far it has been great. The book is much more concise than the Arabic textbook I used in class and doesn't require a teacher.

There are a few small errors in it, though, but nothing big. For example, Exercise # 12 in chapter 10 vowels the last word wrong, and pg. 263 says that 'rigal' means 'girls' and 'banaat' means 'boys', when it's actually the other way around. When it counts, though, this book is very useful and was worth every penny.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Arabic Grammar books I own 10 July 2012
By C. Townsend - Published on
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I bought several before I found this one, but found many of them confusing. This one is laid out so simply and progressively that it is much easier for me to follow. Vocabulary is simple but not overly so. A great resource for anyone wanting to improve their understanding of Arabic Grammar without page after page of charts to memorize.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arabic - an essential grammar 11 Jan 2009
By Geoffrey White - Published on
I have found this to be a fascinating book. I do not wish to learn Arabic, but I am an amateur linguist who wanted to learn more about Arabic. I have looked at several books that purport to answer my needs but none of them came up to the standard offered by Abu Chacra's book. It offers a colourful journey into an unfamiliar grammar, with exercises for translation that give an insight into Arab thought. Most grammars tend to be dry and depend on the mastery of one chapter before progressing to the next, but this is a book that can be opened at any page and provide interest. I found it easy to read and would recommend it to both those who need to go deeply into the structure of Arabic and to those who, like me, simply want to know about the language. It seems to be the definitive answer to the study of the language.

Geoff White,

St. Albans
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