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Teach Yourself Beginner's Arabic Script (TYBS) [Paperback]

John Mace
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30 April 2003 TYBS

Arabic is a world language. It is the official language, or one of the official languages, of nineteen countries spread across Saharan Africa and most of the Middle East. It is also one of the official languages of the United Nations.

If you are planning to visit or work in an Arab country or are learning Arabic, then 'Teach Yourself Beginner's Arabic Script' will help you get to grips with the reading and writing the Arabic script. This book is a step-by-step introduction to reading and writing simple Arabic that will enable you to read Arabic signs, notices, advertisements and headlines. If you feel that learning the script is a daunting prospect, then this book will make it simple. The alphabet is introduced in stages and there's lots of practice of each new letter before the next is introduced. There are plenty of example words and phrases that are seen everywhere in any Arab environment so that you will begin to familiarise yourself with the most common signs and directions.

The book is divided into two parts: Units 1-6 introduce the alphabet and Units 7-13 introduce different types of word and help you to start reading and writing. The final unit is a reading test so that you can check your progress and review any areas of difficulty. The two-way vocabularies enable you to find the words you need quickly and easily.

By the end of the book you will be reading and writing simple Arabic with confidence and be prepared for your next trip to an Arab country or further study of the language.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; New Ed edition (30 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340860162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340860168
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 516,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are planning to visit or work in an Arab country or are learning Arabic, then 'Teach Yourself Beginner's Arabic Script' will help you get to grips with the reading and writing the Arabic script.

About the Author

John Mace has worked as a British Council lecturer, as a Diplomatic Service officer, and as a personnel officer in the oil sector. Latterly he joined the staff of the European Commission, where he was at first desk officer for several Arab countries, taking part in the Euro-Arab Dialogue in the seventies; and later was posted as Delegate to two further Arab countries.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly gave it 5 Stars - it's well worth buying. 10 Jun 2001
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I have been learning Arabic in an evening class and the students have all found it hard to find the right books with relevant informtion for those with a Western/English background. We are also quite a fussy group. However, this book has been well received by everyone in my class and we all use it often finding good information and proper explanations. The only fault I find is that it should have longer and more detailed explanations for some of the concepts. Other than that - it's a good book that would really help those learning the language properly.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I usually learn best using my visual memory so when I learn a new language, I need to see it written. Of course, with Arabic, there is the problem of the alphabet. This books explains it very well and takes you through the 28 letters in manageable chunks, with exercises. Then it goes further by introducing the basics of the language itself. Very useful for a beginner.
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By Richard
As someone with a keen interest in languages and scripts, I had often struggled to learn the Arabic script. Previous explanation that I had come across before I purchased this excellent book had left me confused and overwhelmed, but this book concentrates the letters into groups, and allows the learner to gradually identify subtle differences between the characters, and move at a more sensible pace. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is having difficulty learning the Arabic script who is searching for a clearer explanation.
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