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Colloquial Arabic of Egypt: Complete Course for Beginners (Colloquial Series) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Jane Wightwick , Mahmoud Gaafar
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16 April 2007 Colloquial Series

COLLOQUIAL ARABIC OF EGYPT is easy to use and completely up to date!

Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use, the course offers a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Arabic of Egypt. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes COLLOQUIAL ARABIC OF EGYPT your best choice in personal language learning?

Interactive – lots of exercises for regular practice

Clear – concise grammar notes

Practical – useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide

Complete – including answer key and reference section

Whether you're a business traveller, or about to take up a daring challenge in adventure tourism, you may be studying to teach or even looking forward to a holiday - if you'd like to get up and running with Arabic of Egypt this rewarding course will take you from complete beginner to confidently putting your language skills to use in a wide range of everyday situations

Course components:

The complete course comprises the book and audio materials. These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great-value Colloquials pack.

Paperback: 978-0-415-27689-4 (please note this does not include the audio)

CDs: 978-0-415-28694-7

eBook: 978-0-203-82679-9 (please note this does not include the audio, available to purchase from http://ebookstore.tandf.co.uk/audio_viewbooks.aspx)

MP3s: 978-0-415-47108-4 (available to purchase from http://ebookstore.tandf.co.uk/audio_viewbooks.aspx)

Pack: 978-0-415-42698-5 (paperback and CDs)


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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (16 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415426987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415426985
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I love this book. If you're looking for a beginners book in Egyptian Arabic using English script, this is absolutely the best place to start. I started it with zero Arabic alongside the Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic course (which covered speaking, pronunciation and reading Arabic script) after trying out all the other Egyptian Arabic books I could find, and this was head and shoulders above the others (especially the terribly designed 'Kullu Tamam', which for some reason seems to have been picked up by universities teaching the dialect, probably for want of knowing about this one). Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar have a knack of explaining grammar in a way that is incredibly clear and introducing new vocab and information just when you're ready for it. There is a clear sense of the vocab a beginner needs in order to start to use the language independently and in context. Top it up with 'Mastering Arabic Script' so you know how to write, and after that, move onto the Kallimni 'Arabi series and you're sorted right up to advanced level.

This is a very important book because learners can start out with a well-taught dialect of Arabic they can actually use in day to day situations and then get more formal and advanced doing MSA later on (joining MSA at an intermediate level with a little bit of preparation). Before this the only good quality beginner textbooks in English script on the market were for MSA - 'Colloquial Arabic of Egypt' offers an alternative to the puzzling prevailing wisdom that beginners should start out by putting a huge amount of effort into learning a harder form of the language (MSA) that they'd be laughed at for using in the street...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly recommend this course! 27 April 2012
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This course is absolutely great! I started to learn spoken Egyptian Arabic over forty years ago. Egyptian Arabic is a vigorous, living language and, like all languages, it is subject to constant change. For that reason, I have bought books and audio material every now and then over the past forty years in order to refresh my knowledge of the colloquial language and to keep myself up to date with it. For example, when I started to learn Egyptian Arabic, words such as "flip-flops", "computer" and "website" simply did not exist!

In my experience, some earlier courses that I tried were woefully inadequate, but this course by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar is far superior to others of similar price and scope.

This is a course for Beginners, but do not be fooled by that, because it is neither simple nor childish. This course goes much further than most.
There is a comprehensive section on pronunciation, which covers the sounds of Egyptian Arabic, together with an introduction to the Arabic alphabet.
The subsequent 14 Units cover all the basics of spoken Egyptian Arabic and takes complete beginners to a level where they can confidently put their newly acquired language skills to profitable use in a wide range of everyday situations.

Each unit offers not only a progressive course in grammar and vocabulary, but also systematic practice in reading and writing the Arabic script, and short topics on Egyptian culture and travel.

There is also a handy Summary Section at the back of the book, where all the grammar points are detailed in one section for easy reference.
Also at the back of the book is an Arabic Script Supplement, where all the dialogues and other listening texts are reproduced in the Arabic script.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not practical for a complete beginner 3 Aug 2012
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I was somewhat misled by previous reviews that speak highly of this course, but I'm finding plenty of problems with it. From what I've seen the disks are full of comments by Jane Wightwick. If what is important in her coments, and much of it could be omitted, was in the book and the disk was purely Arabic that would be a great improvement.
On a disk player you generally have to play the whole track, so that to repeat a conversation you would have to listen to Jane Wightwick's comments every time, although on a computer you can manage better. Since I am old enough to remember learning Italian and French on Linguaphone 78 records a couple of generations ago, I know that even then all explanations, grammar, vocabulary and the text of the records was in books and the only thing on the records was the actual conversations, so that repetition was easy. There are other things I could mention, but I've said what I find to be the main problem. Therefore I would not recomend this course for a complete beginner to Arabic. It may be you really have to pay a lot of money for a really good course.
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