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Arabic for Dummies, 2 May 2007
Arabic for Dummies by Amine Bouchentouf is an excellent resource for anyone starting to learn how to speak Modern Standard Arabic. The text is straight-forward and the vocabulary included in the book is very useful. The layout of the book is also very good, as it is very step-by-step, though you are able to dive into any section and begin learning this beautiful language.
The dialogues on CD are useful for helping you to get your tongue around some of the strange sounds in the arabic language, and there are plenty of tables showing verb conjugation at the back of the book to help with some of, though not all, of the arabic verbs.
The dictionary at the back of the book is a useful compiilation of the words used in the book, though I recommend anyone to purchase a proper English - Arabic/ Arabic - English dictionary, for further reference.
My biggest problem with this book is the exclusion of the arabic script (apart from a small mention of the different letters at the start). This is both good and bad - those wanting to learn just to speak arabic will do fine with using this book, whereas those wanting to be able to read the script will have to learn to write arabic using another source, such as a dictionary, because the author failed to mention that each letter has different forms dependent upon where the letter falls in the word.
There is also a tranlation erorr on page 251 in the dialogue. Where it says "marHaba 'ilaa al-maghrib" this does not translate to "step forward please" it means "welcome to Morocco".
Overall, a good resource for learning Modern Standard Arabic, though not perfect and far from recommended for those wanting to learn arabic script.