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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Fun with Arabic; 2 Blg Wkb edition (16 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097305123X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973051230
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 0.8 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ylogg on 29 April 2011
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I study from different books, but no one is as clear and simple as this one. Small step by small step. As I start from scratch, it really works with me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By westwoodrich on 2 Oct. 2012
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I bought three Arabic handwriting books at the same time for a project at work. This is definitely the best of the lot - clear, well presented, and with lots of explanation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Baloney on 30 Jun. 2014
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This book is exactly what you need if you are beginning this language from scratch. It is clear, simple, uncluttered and gives you just what you need to get started. The perfect stepping stone. However, the key to learning is repetition and testing yourself and I would have liked some more exercises. But that should not detract from a super little book.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Very convenient and fun way to learn 23 Oct. 2011
By A. Somers - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this edition after I decided to further the Arabic I was learning to write and read. This is a perfect book to learn with and I noticed it was different from the first edition in the extra pages about the vowel marks the kasra, fathaa and damma, and other signs shadda, tanween, madda and sukoon, part of tashkeel, and the handwriting excercises and puzzles and more of them. When I tried out the handwriting exercises they were very simple and easy to do and there was no difficulty in doing any of them. Very convenient and fun way to improve the language was able to work on the exercises put it down and come back and pick it up later.

When I completed the exercises I realized it gave me a better understanding of the language right away and it's is easy to take with you on the go and durable. There is complex sentence structuring in some of the handwriting exercises. Recommend:)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
It's worth the purchase- especially on Amazon! 18 Jun. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought the book at Barnes & Noble and I paid full price which is $11.95. BIG MISTAKE!! You're better off buying it here for almost 1/2 price. It's worth it anyway.
NOTE: The "front" cover is the back cover as Arabic is read from right to left. It's for all publications in the language so don't be surprised if it looks off.
Just to talk about the book, it goes through the Arabic alphabet and shows you the different forms short and long. Short is when it's the first letter or between letters and long form when it's the last letter. Some letters are disjointed meaning they don't connect to the letter on the left (for us non-Arabic readers) and some letters retain their shape regardless of where they are in the word. It gives words with the short form and long form to show how the letter looks. Some have an English equivalent and some don't. It helps when you want to pronounce the word.
Once you practice writing the alphabet, it shows you how to make the type print your own meaning you write it and still be legible. (Oh yeah it teaches you how to write the type print first so you can read publications and watch the news).
For the time I had it (left in the cab with my snacks-real dumb)I was able to understand the alphabet. I personally want to be able to read, write and speak Arabic for personal enrichment to keep myself learning everyday.
I'm also using a DVD-ROM for learning Arabic. I use Instant Immersion Arabic levels 1,2 and 3 which is not available on Amazon (stinks). Between using the DVD-ROM & the book, I'm understanding Arabic to the point I practice writing my name in Arabic which looks funny sounding out and spelling my name using the marks in the book (fatwa, kasra, tanween,etc.)
Overall, it's a good purchase and I recommend it. Shukran jazilaan (Thank you very much)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An Effective Guide To Learning Arabic 9 May 2012
By Aging Student - Published on Amazon.com
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This is by far the best Arabic instruction manual that I have ever used. I learned Arabic about 25 years ago and fell out of practice. This book uses techniques that refreshes the memory very easily and gives you the confidence to move on with your studies.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Useful introduction to reading and writing 7 Dec. 2012
By Louise123 - Published on Amazon.com
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I am interested in learning Arabic (knowing nothing about it at all) and purchased this book as a companion to Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate (Book and CD Set).

I am glad I bought the book, because it was very clear and easy to understand, while the written Arabic component of the so-called introductory Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate text basically zooms from what (in the Canadian public school system) might be around a grade 2 to Grade 11 level in the first three chapters.

Write It in Arabic offers a very clear guide to Arabic script, presented in alphabetical order. It explains the characters, provides five examples of different words using each letter, and offers many exercises for practising (including ones you can trace, which is not as crazy as it might sound). It also shows the differences between printed script (as in newspapers) and handwritten script - again, very useful.

It was frustrating, though, to start with Write It in Arabic only to find, in moving on to the Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate text, that there are half a dozen or more character annotations (that modify consonants to create vowels) which Write It in Arabic essentially ignored until the end. The reason this was frustrating was that I had begun to create flash cards of the Arabic words given for practice, to build up a vocabulary - only to discover when I moved to the other book that most of the words lacked the character annotations and were incorrect. This meant I had to redo all of my flash cards - and since I am doing this at night, usually after 9 pm, after work/making dinner/doing laundry, just imagine my joy at the inefficient use of my time.

While I wish the author had provided the 'complete' characters from the start (not leaving it as a nasty surprise to the end), I found the book useful and would recommend it to others.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Write It in Arabic: A Workbook and Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Arabic Alphabet 19 July 2013
By Albierte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I gave this book 4 stars, because this is the first book that I used to learn the Arabic Alphabet. It's a basic introduction to the Arabic Alphabet. It's not a book on mastering Arabic. The price is less than $30 U.S.
For a small amount of money, any person can have a basic Arabic literacy skill to learn the Arabic language. Once you master the materials in this book, you're ready to move on to other textbooks on Arabic. It's like having a master key that can unlock any door that says "Arabic for beginners".
This book is also a good reference book if you need to look up a letter in a hurry.
Once you learn how to read and write in Arabic, you can learn Arabic easily. It's not hard work, it's smart work.
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