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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary; Bilingual edition (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071478760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071478762
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,361,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Communicate in Arabic with confidence!

To take your understanding of Arabic to the next level, you need to be equipped with a broad range of words and phrases. With its easy-to-follow guidelines for memorization, this book makes vocabulary building faster and easier than ever. In no time, your growing vocabulary will give you the confidence to communicate.

Build Your Arabic Vocabulary gives you:

  • Hundreds of bilingual flashcards to help you remember your new Arabic vocabulary
  • Modern examples of how the language is used every day in the Middle East
  • Engaging exercises and activities to reinforce what you have learned

About the Author

Haroon Shirwani is a highly experienced teacher and Arabist and Head of Arabic at Eton College, United Kingdom.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. GK Sethia on 17 Jan. 2007
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I can only echo the other reviewer on this book; this amazing book has really got me into the Arabic language.

Fantastically easy to digest, a great range of useful words, and the flash cards are, as promised, very helpful.

Highly recommended to anyone; I eagerly await more releases from this author!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AceOfHearts on 6 Jan. 2009
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This is a fantastic book to compliment ones study of the Arabic language! The book is split into different sections with the most common words in those areas (Food, House & Home, Shopping, Characters & Feelings etc.)...common verbs are also provided. The flash cards at the back can be cut out to help learn the words. There are also "useful phrases" in each section in the theme of the section which help the learner express common phrases as well as see how the grammar is used. At the end of each section, there are useful and delightful back-to-toddler exercises that help one to pick up the language. At under ten pounds, this book is a real must have for all people learning the language. Just remembered, this book also comes with a brilliant CD with all the words and useful phrases pronounced correctly.

This book gets 5 out of 5 stars definitely.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Square Bear on 14 Nov. 2008
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This book is good if you are using other materials to learn Arabic with at the same time as it really only teaches you vocabulary. I would choose another option, such as the "Mastering Arabic" series, if you want a book that will teach you Arabic more comprehensively.

There is a lot of vocabulary in this book but the flash cards only have English on one side and Arabic on the other when other products, such as "101 Word Audio Pack: Arabic" also have transliteration on the Arabic side of the flash card. The "101" book has large flash cards that are clear and can be torn out of the back of the book. The flash cards in this book are tiny so you need to be careful with them and you have to painstakingly cut them out. I like to carry a bundle of flash cards with me everywhere I go and I find these tricky to hang on to when I'm negotiating public transport because they are so small. They are printed on thick grey paper which is not the clearest to read from.

The speaker on the audio recording reels off the vocabulary list with little opportunity for the learner to practice. I found the exercises in the book were not that great as I have seen better exercises in other books.

The learner should have a basic understanding of Arabic in order to enjoy this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TAS Drapkin on 15 Oct. 2006
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Written by a consummate professional, this book is the best vocabulary primer I have come across for this, the trickiest of languages. The promised bilingual flashcards exceed every expectation and both the choice of vocabulary and its presentation throughout the book are always appropriate and helpful. With its natty green cover and charming dedication, this work should find its way inside every serious student's bookstrap.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By True Leveller on 28 Oct. 2008
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This is a very handy book for anyone wishing to get started on basic Modern Standard Arabic. The book can be used by complete beginners, since, though it includes Arabic script, it also includes romanisation of all the vocabulary items. There is also a fantastic CD which includes every word in the book pronounced in clear Arabic, with a slight pause for you to repeat.

This is all very good, but this book could have been made truly great by simply extending its scope. Instead of concentrating on a larger and more diverse range of words, the author has wasted space with crosswords and flashcards (none of which I have used). Also, given the limitations that the book imposes on itself, I disagree with some of the vocabulary included. For example, we are given the Arabic word for mumps, but not for dog.

Despite these minor faults, however, I have made considerable use of this book and highly recommend it. It's just a shame that the scope of the book is not as broad as it could have been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C++ Programmer on 7 Sept. 2013
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I recommend this book, because of its simple/crisp presentation, and allows you to use it, pragmatically, on your own or with a teacher. So, unlike other books, this book works. You'll use it, from start to finish, and, hopefully, acquire 1000+ new words. My only criticism would be, maybe, it could/should do more, to give the reader more exercises, to help them retain the words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scottie on 28 April 2011
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Love this book. Have already got the Mastering Arabic and this is the "test" part of it. Easy to follow and if it was a bit smaller I would pop it into my handbag and do the exercises in any spare time. Fun to do and not difficult for me as a beginner. Hope they do a "second level" one.... (in a smaller version!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Pelton on 30 Aug. 2011
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This may be good for hard-copy book users but is much diminished for the kindle user. It depends heavily upon hard-copy goods (like crossword puzzles) that don't work in a kindle form. If someone knows how I can use these, and they look interesting, please let me know.
I downloaded the book to my PC, hoping to print out the exercises which really require paper and pen to do. There is no way to print the pages for this.
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