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on 13 September 2014
Although I'm normally a fan of these books for grammar practice, this one lacks imagination. The language points that it covers are all very useful, as pronouns and prepositions is an area I've needed lots of help.

However, the exercises are truly terrible, mostly just translation of some kind. And as many others have said, the book takes a very dated grammatical approach, with grammar explained largely by grammatical metalanguage rather than examples from real communication. It doesn't include help on pronunciation when introducing new language... which is terrible, as it is in fact a distinguishing point in, for example على and عليّ.

Look elsewhere if you want a communicative guide to Arabic grammar.
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on 24 June 2014
I am not an owner, but can see that there are no diacritical marks indicating how to read example. exercise sentences. A common oversight in most Arabic teaching books.

So unless you know the grammar already to read these sentences, which if that was the case would kind of mean you were at an advanced level beyond what this book attempts to teach.

So it is kind of a catch 22 problem, if you can read the book correctly, then you probably don't need the book. If you could benefit from the book, you probably won't be able to read the book correctly to do so.

Unless you have a teacher or are a teacher or are merely using this book to brush up on your skills, it seems to be lost in void for most students of Arabic.


There are no other real target audience. If you already know enough Arabic and need to practise, practise, practise then this is probably worth a buy, but from the general beginner student, get a teacher and then come back to this book.
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on 22 August 2014
hi i would recommend ''Madinah arabic course books'' to understand basic arabic, these books are not bad, you just need to know basic arabic that's all and madinah arabic course books deal with all of that including grammar..... i am speaking from personal experience.

Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal walked deserts for months to seek knowledge of hadith... But for us everything is easily made ready, so all we have to do is work a little hard in the comfort of our homes to learn this beautiful language.
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on 5 February 2013
This book is not for beginners. Maybe it is a good book, unfortunately my Arabic is not at a good enough level to judge.
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