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Lonely Planet Egyptian Arabic Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Phrasebook)
Lonely Planet Egyptian Arabic Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Phrasebook)
by Lonely Planet
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, 3 Jun. 2013
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A variety of subjects with genuine Egyptian dialect, I felt much more confident having this with me. It taught me vocabulary and phrases that came in very useful in certain situations (taxis, hospital, restaurant, haggling). Would purchase for other languages.


Arabic Practical Dictionary: Arabic-English/English-Arabic (Hippocrene Practical Dictionary)
Arabic Practical Dictionary: Arabic-English/English-Arabic (Hippocrene Practical Dictionary)
by Nicholas Awde
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for basics, 3 Jun. 2013
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This is a useful dictionary for basic vocabulary, although its compactness does impact on its comprehensiveness.
It goes by alphabetical order rather than root order so it is suitable for beginners. Vowel-ling would have been very, very useful and given it an extra star.


Teach Yourself Arabic (TYL)
Teach Yourself Arabic (TYL)
by Jack Smart
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure, 3 Jun. 2013
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I have enjoyed working through this older version in the series. Concepts are explained clearly and helpfully but be warned, it's only an introduction so there are some significant grammar points left out.

Vocabulary is geared towards articles rather than everyday conversational topics, and interesting texts are provided to practice reading. I can't compare this version with the newer ones, but I will try those at some point as they seem to be very different.

I only wish Jack Smart had had the space to expand and to explain more concepts in his insightful way.


Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya with DVDs: Pt. 2: A Textbook for Arabic
Al-Kitaab fii Tacallum al-cArabiyya with DVDs: Pt. 2: A Textbook for Arabic
by Kristen Brustad
Edition: Paperback
Price: £39.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible textbook, 3 Jun. 2013
Unless you are required to use this for a course, I urge you to stay away from this textbook. I couldn't bear to even open it at one point, it's shambolic with unclear explanations of grammar combined with dull, repetitive drills. Not engaging at all. Don't use this an independent learner.


Al-Kitaab Fii Ta Allum Al- Arabiyya: Pt. 1: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic
Al-Kitaab Fii Ta Allum Al- Arabiyya: Pt. 1: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic
by Kristen Brustad
Edition: Paperback
Price: £37.35

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A struggle, 3 Jun. 2013
Arabic is not the easiest language to learn for an English speaker and this textbook makes it appear infinitely harder.

Even the contents page is confusing for a beginner. The exercises are repetitive and dull, some of the texts are in tiny font and grammar is not explained clearly. The "story" used throughout is dull and torturous to get through and listen to in the DVDs.
It's unfortunate that most British Higher Education institutions use this text, none of my classmates rave about it. If you're learning independently I suggest you look elsewhere.


The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
by David Mitchell
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, brilliantly crafted., 23 May 2010
Meaty and enjoyable. Grew fond of minor characters. Liked how Jacob de Zoet just come across as 'a normal guy'. The final chapter is very satisfying, I wish all novels, films, plays and videogames ended like this.


How I Live Now
How I Live Now
by Meg Rosoff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange, Beautiful, Heart-Breaking, 14 May 2006
This review is from: How I Live Now (Paperback)
Id heard so much about this book, so one day browsing in a bookshop i decided to pick it up. And i definitely do not regret that decision.

When i started reading it, i did struggle with the odd style of writing, hardly any punctuation makes it exhausting at first, its like reading a torent of someone elses thoughts, all melding into one another. But you get used to it.

What occurs in the book is a wartime story set a little way into the future. A foreign army invades England - no details are given as to who, why or what the reason is here which is extremely irritating. Daisy, the main character, a New Yorker, has to try and survive in a world thats fallen apart.

The love story is tender and tragic, and contributes to the end in a stunning conclusion. Many people have expressed concern because of the nature of the relationship, its legal in Britain, and everyone has a different idea of whats right. There is, in my opinion, absolutely no need to be offended.

Daisy, at times can get annoying, but she is a self-obsessed teenager after all. However the events in the book do change her.

This a wonder-filled, heart-wrenching read, with an amazing finale. Its different from anything id ever read before, and i have read alot after all, its practically all i do. Highly recommended by me, for one.


The Book of Loss
The Book of Loss
by Julith Jedamus
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exquisite and passionate, 28 Mar. 2006
This review is from: The Book of Loss (Paperback)
This is an extremely moving book. Being into books about the orient, this immediately took my notice. What i found was an absolutely sublime piece of work by first time author Julith Jedamus. It captures the agony of lost love, and also the beauty of the relationship. Its a melting hotpot of emotions, love, as mentioned, jealousy, hope, pain and a plethorta of others. Theres also little details that really capture the imagination, based on Japanese customs such as blackening of teeth, and the seasonal importance of kimono.
The beauty of this is enthralling. iIrecommend it, but not if you're looking for something light hearted, you feel the narrators pain acutely. Its simply stunning.


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