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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary; Bilingual edition (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780071462105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071462105
  • ASIN: 0071462104
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 0.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar are experienced developers of foreign language learning books and recordings. They are also authors of several successful Arabic instruction titles.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MW on 24 Sept. 2010
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This book is excellent for beginners. Simple explanations, good examples of usage, and best of all, after each unit there is a summary of the important points covered in that unit. An easy and quick read. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H on 23 May 2013
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I've been working my way through Wightwick and Gaafar's other book, Mastering Arabic 1 for a month now, and whilst it's a great introduction, it is a bit frugal when it comes to unlocking Arabic grammar (you'll learn "it", but several chapters later you still won't know "that", or "this", for example). This is most likely to teach other fundamentals before you start pointing at the horizon.

After 7 Units of that book however, you should know the alphabet, be able to read most Arabic, and if like me, you'll be hungry to actually read something substantial, yet frustrated that you know an extremely limited vocabulary (why is the word 'Donkey' so prolific in language guides?). Even with a dictionary, the grammar can trip you up.

Enter Easy Arabic Grammar. I bought it so that I may read at night, helping to reinforce the previous lessons, and prepare me for the later ones. It has exercises, but they are so far simple enough to do orally or in my head, and after spending 45-90 minutes a day with the other book, I just don't feel like working!

I would give it 5 stars, but kindle users beware: There are quite frequent formatting and quality issues with the Arabic script. Script, pictures, and English text that forms part of an image is of a lower quality than I would expect, though without the print edition, I cannot say if this affects that too. Arabic script appearing along with the English text is (thankfully) scalable, however there are formatting issues, with words being broken apart, most likely due to the Kindle's justified text alignment.

Neither of these issues are very problematic if you can read the script, as you'll be able to piece together the words by the shape of the letters.

I would not recommend the book on its own, or as your first Arabic guide, but it's very good so far in filling in the pieces I've missed from the main lessons.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Great starter grammar 16 Dec. 2005
By Marcus C. Davis - Published on
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Personally, I learn a new language better if I have a good overall view of the framework of its grammar and syntax. Wightwick and Gaafar have written a quick and dirty primer for those who already have more indepth grammatic references, but need to know how it all fits together without getting buried in 450+ pages over a period of 6 to 12 months.

You'll need to know your alphabet ( I suggest Awde & Samano's 'The Arabic Alphabet'), and serious students cannot rely on this book for their main course of study; however, this book has done more for my progession than any other single book or system. Since I've made it through 'Easy Arabic Grammar' (which took me all of about 3 weeks, others could probably blow through it in much less time), most of my subsequent studies have consisted of following up on subjects I've already been introduced to, instead of learning entirely new concepts.

Good stuff.
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Easy Arabic Script 10 Mar. 2006
By N. Zas - Published on
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This is an excellent initiation to writing Arabic script. It is concise yet comprehensive. What it is not is a source of vocabulary nor of grammar. If you want to learn how to read printed Arabic and learn Arabic handwriting, I recommend you begin with this book. You may not even need a second.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Guide to Arabic Script 6 Nov. 2007
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This is an excellent guide for learning how to write in Arabic script. It is a short book which skips on most other elements of the language. However, this short (and thus encouraging) book covers the two prevalent forms of Arabic script - naskh and ruq'a, typeset and handwritten forms respectively. All 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet are covered, along with a pronunciation guide and numbers 1 through 10 (which is appropriate given the focus on simply writing/reading).

The guides are very detailed and obvious, giving clear examples of not only what the letters look like, but also how to effectively write them (i.e. where to start, finish, and lift your pen). There is practice space in the book to both trace examples and then practice on your own; however, it is probably a good idea to have your own paper and access to a photocopier if you wish to trace the more complicated symbols more than a couple times.

Presented in a compact and well organized form this book provides an excellent way to learn to read and write Arabic script. I'd highly recommend it for anyone that is looking to polish their skills or learn from scratch. And with practical examples and further practice guides this book will take you well beyond simply writing out the alphabet and numbers.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Excellent concise and comprehensive.... 11 Oct. 2006
By Patrick D. Goonan - Published on
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I am a novice student of a variety of languages, but enjoy getting some familiarity with each. In particular, I think Arabic script is quite beautiful and as everyone knows the language is complex, rich and difficult to learn to write.

This book systematically goes through the steps to learn Arabic script in a very painless way. It doesn't cover grammar, vocabulary or any other dimensions of the language. However, it will have you writing the characters correctly in no time.

I looked at a number of books on this topic and for the money this is a great bet. I don't think you will be disappointed with this book.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Resource! 8 Nov. 2005
By Daisi - Published on
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I have taken Arabic classes, but they have not been as good as this book. It's a fantastic resource for beginning Arabic grammar. You should have a basic knowledge of Arabic - the script, for example. This book is excellent for a Level II Elementary student or above. FANTASTIC! Highly recommended~!
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