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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 3 edition (18 Jan 2008)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1740591879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740591874
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book proved to be a lifesaver for me. --Amazon customer

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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec 2000
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This book proved to be a lifesaver for me. It is extremely well set out, and sub-divided for ease of use. It includes sections that cover areas you are likely to come across on a day-to-day basis such as 'greetings', 'at the market', 'at the post office' and 'emergencies', to name but a few. But as well as useful phrases, it also gives a summary of the chapter explaining in more detail the way of life. For example, before the section on shopping, there is a paragraph covering the art of bartering, and before the 'eating out' section, Moroccan hospitality is explained so the reader is in the know when he arrives at the restaurant or the guest's house. As well as there being a transliteration of the Arabic script with an easy-to-use pronunciation guide to help you read it, the word is also written in Arabic alongside it, so if you find yourself, as I did, sitting next to some Moroccan kids in the town square desperately trying to pronounce a jumble of letters, then you can just as easily point to the Arabic word and get one of them to read it aloud for you. Another thing I found particularly helpful is that the text is in two colours making it that much easy to follow. The language used in the phrasebook is specific to Morocco, and there are also small sections in French (one of the official languages of Morocco), and Berber (a local dialect spoken mainly in the mountain regions). For the more advanced, there is a section covering grammatical points and a brief outline of the structure of verbs. At the end there is a basic English-Moroccan Arabic dictionary and a comprehensive index. Just don't make the same mistake as I did...I only discovered this handy, pocket-sized phrasebook when I went in search of it in an American bookshop in the middle of Rabat, the capital of Morocco.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Thompson on 11 Mar 2011
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No shortage of phrasebooks for classical (Egyptian) Arabic, but this one is pretty much on its own, covering the Moroccan variant, plus appendices on Berber and French.
Having found Lonely Planet's book useful in Egypt, I anticipated this one would come in handy. However, between the page and the local ear in Tangier, something goes awry, and it's all a bit hit and miss. It's not clear whether it should be relied on for the whole of Morocco, but it might be more functional in Marrakesh or Fez (or in the hands of a more accomplished linguist than me). Including some French at the back, however, is a lifesaver, as it's widely spoken in Morocco.
Phrases are given in very small Arabic script, alongside transliterations, which you'll find more legible.
The book doesn't claim to be a dictionary, but if the phrase you want isn't in the section you hoped, there's a brief dictionary section towards the end. A searchable electronic version might be a good idea for the future?
As always, you'll win friends by attempting the local language (there are Moroccans who'll speak happily in a language of your choice, but they tend to be on the make). If the Arabic doesn't work for you, brush up on your French, and just pepper your conversation with occasional words, whether Moroccan or Egyptian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scooby on 20 Nov 2013
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This book is useful, partly for the background information is gives on Morocco. I found the Arabic very difficult. The book would be much improved if it was accompanied by a CD. I thought that the French section at the back of the book was unnecessary. I already had a separated French dictionary and phrase book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty on 17 May 2010
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This is a great little book; the only one I could find with Moroccan Arabic in. It has lots of phrases, much more than I needed for my seven week stay in Casablanca, though I did tend to use French rather than Arabic where possible. The only downside is that if you read Arabic script, it's a bit small, and I didn't think there was much use having the French section, as foreigners are much more likely to use French than Arabic anyway, so would probably have a whole French phrasebook if they weren't fluent.
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By Rix on 15 Jan 2014
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Small size makes it useful on a trip. It contains a brief outline of Moroccan grammar and the phrases in both in transliteration and in Arabic script. There is just one drawback I found: in the pronunciation section it is said the the guttural "h" sound is represented by the capital letter H, as opposed to the other softer "h". However in the book you will hardly find the H. Both sounds (with some exceptions) are represented by the same "h" letter, which is confusing because they sound very different. You have to rely on the Arabic script.
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By Syree123 on 1 Dec 2013
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Lovely idea but to be honest we did not need to use it as so many morrocans speak English in Marrakech. It was good fun to practice arabic on the flight though :)
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By blueapple on 29 Jan 2013
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As with all Lonely Planet books....this one became a life saver whilest on holiday. The nice thing is it is divided into sections to help you through most situations needed. I personally would not travel without either a phrasebook or the Lonely Planet Guide book before embarking on my adventures...Recommended
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A must buy for speaking the correct arabic, there is also a section with some Berber Arabic & French too.
Being able to speak the basics will get you a lot further, the local were really impressed & it felt we got a better service when greeting & thanking them in their own language.

If you're good at french, you can almost totally get by with French - they all seem to speak it. However, if your french is poor, you'll need this Arabic phrase book & if you don't know the arabic basics, you should still get this.

It covered everything, hotels, travelling, shopping, numbers, greetings etc.
Enjoy your trip
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