59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
I really like this book, which is the second editition and was completely updated: You learn the alphabet in little chunks so that you are not overwhelmed by the Arabic script. The layout of the book is very clear, you have lots of excercises and listening comprehensions.
With this book you even learn how to learn - the authors show you how to learn vocabulary easily and never forget it, which I find especially helpful since my schooldays are long over!
The only downside for me personally: I purchased the book without the audio cds (since I'm a bit advanced), but if you want to be able to do all the excercises you really need them, although this was not pointed out directly. Then… Read more
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I got this book from the library, in fact, it was the only one available. As someone with a bit of knowledge of the Arabic language and some other Arabic books at home, I found this one very confusing.
All short vowels, case endings and signs for double consonants are left out completely (to make it easier??), which would be a great help at the beginning in order to understand how Arabic grammar and script works, and also because it makes it easier to recognise the word meaning without having to guess from the context.
Also, sometimes the written word and it's transliteration do not match and as there is no explanation, so one doesn't know if it's simply a mistake or not… Read more