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Shou fi ma fi?: Intermediate Levantine Arabic [Paperback]

Rajaa Chouairi

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9 July 2010 0300153910 978-0300153910 Bilingual
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Bilingual edition (9 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300153910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300153910
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 20 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rajaa Chouairi has been teaching Arabic for many years. He is very active in creating new approaches to the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing! 11 May 2010
By Jason J. Kilborn - Published on Amazon.com
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Disappointment set in immediately when I started using this book, and it grew as I progressed through it. First, the back cover promises a companion website with audio recordings of the short dialogues that accompany each of the 19 lessons, but the website is non-existent. Yale Press told me some other site (?) would be up and running in four weeks (!). Why do they release the book before the audio portion is available, and why in the world would it take that long to prepare the site?

Second, the presentation is not particularly useful and is riddled with type-o's (in both the English and the Arabic text!). Only very seldom are the specific vowels of Levantine marked--to contrast with the vowels of MSA--so unless you have a teacher or tutor telling you how the Levantine words are pronounced, most users will be at an almost total loss. The numerous type-o's are mostly just annoying, but if you don't already know these new words, a type-o can be a real problem (and I'm not talking about the odd colloquial Lebanese spellings).

Third, the coverage is, to put it mildly, shallow. Perhaps the promised elementary and advanced books will offer more depth and texture, but I was able to jot down all of the new words and grammar rules on TWO sheets of paper from this 220-page book. The exercises were nice, and the material that IS presented was relatively useful, but it lacked a lot of the texture and explanation that is really essential for the transition from MSA to Levatine. I was particularly excited to see this new book on Levantine Arabic, since my focus has been on the spoken Arabic of Syria and Jordan, and the back cover suggests that it focuses on "the language and culture of Syria and Lebanon in particular." As it turned out, however, this book's thin coverage focuses almost exclusively on Lebanese, not Syrian (though there certainly are communties in Syria that would use the words in this book, the Damascus dialect is quite different from much of the vocabulary and grammar in this book).

Perhaps I'm just spoiled, because I started with what has proven to be HANDS DOWN the two best sources for learning Levantine Arabic: (1) Syrian Colloquial Arabic, available only as a .pdf online download, with almost 400 pages of densely packed, carefully and attractively presented material and hours of immediately available MP3 audio recordings, and (2) Munther Younes's materials on MSA and Jordanian (Living Arabic, over 500 pages, available on Amazon with DVD video and CD audio, along with the intermediate version of that book, curently under revision). Any solo student or teacher interested in expanding into the spoken varieties of Arabic would be MUCH better served with either of these other programs than with Shou fi ma fi.

Moreover, this might be just piling on, but this book includes a good bit of what might be called abusive language, useful only in serious fights and arguments. I found this to be odd, as one would hope people preparing to use the spoken variety of Arabic would be more inclined toward friendly dialogue rather than fighting. I hope this is not a reflection of what the students at West Point are learning from Chouairi in their Arabic classes--his focus on humor is much more welcome. Why not include lists of foods or furniture or household items (as the other two books mentioned above do)?

And as if all of this weren't bad enough, this 220-page paperback is very expensive. I expected substantial value for the elevated pricetag, and as this review indicates, I was sorely disappointed. Both Syrian Colloquial and Living Arabic are MUCH better values for your money, AND they offer far better substance. The peer reviewers of Shou fi ma fi were obviously quite kind in their evaluations of this book, though Chouairi and his readers would have been much better served by a bit more rigor in these pre-release reviews.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good....my lebanese language tutor loves it. 1 Sep 2013
By sunny - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book. Ijust wish that it came with an actual cd. There is an accompanying audio to the book on line but it can't be downloaded. I wish it was able to be either downloaded ot the the book came with a audio cd. Will I ever buy from this author again, yes because my tutor loves it and I did learn much of the lebanese dialect from it.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 22 April 2011
By al-seid - Published on Amazon.com
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While not perfect, this book provides a lot of good information about colloquial Arabic from not only the Levant (Bilad Ash-shams) but also from Egypt and Iraq. I strongly recommend this book to those who have taken Arabic courses and are at least intermediate in Modern Standard Arabic (al-fus7a).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it 12 Nov 2011
By Anamaria - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the book very much and I highly recommend it, especially due to the lack of books that study the levantine dialects. However, I must admit it lacks a bit of explanations, and you need a background to be able to go through it without the help of a teacher.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay but it could be so much better 6 Mar 2014
By S. Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a definite lack of great Levantine books out there and, although this has some good points, it is not well organized and has terrible audio on the website. There should be far more example sentences for words that are introduced and some explanations are very poor. Some audio clips are barely able to be heard and you can hear them turning the microphone on and off...very badly done. There should be a lot of audio examples for the example sentences given and not just one example of it given in each chapter's dialogue. There should be a clear glossary in the back of the book with all the words used. Some Levantine-specific words are translated but others are not and it is impossible to use a dictionary to find out the meaning. This is frustrating! I also think that all the dialogues should be translated into English to prevent any confusion. There are multiple choice questions in each chapter and I find this to be a complete waste of time. At this level, it is too simple....it would be far more effective to get more content into the book by introducing a Levantine word or expression and then giving various examples of it in contexts with accompanying audio.
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