on 15 May 2006
Toptrumper from Palgrave - takes the reader through the riq'a script (the more fluent script used by adult), outlining the differences between the aforementioned and the naskh script - the printed script taught to children and beginners in Arabic. Somewhat different, and it appears moreso the more fluent one becomes (early days in studying, could be wrong).
Takes you through the letters one by one - ample exercises (written IN the book, hurrah) to practice the newly-learnt skills, with vocab being introduced here and there throughout. An excellent resource for the total beginner to Arabic - highly reccomended.
* * * * * 5 Stars.
on 1 March 2013
Really good seller, fast delivery two days after the order with free super saver delivery.
The book is really well structured and clear, good exercises to practice your handwriting and helpful tips.
I was just disappointed because even though the book says it's good for beginners in my opinion it's not and I did struggle a bit when started and I am used to study difficult languages at home by myself (studying mandarin as well) so for complete beginners it will be difficult. Anyway you can work your way around it.
The book focuses only on the differences between the standard printed arabic and the handwritten form but it does not explain how written arabic works. I'm studying arabic with Michael Thomas course and I wanted to integrate the oral lessons with written arabic as I had no clue how it worked.
It's a good book if you are studying grammar and following a standard course - if you are on a listening and speaking course with no written arabic clues I'd study on internet or with a grammar/standard text book before moving to this one which you'll need anyway soon or later to really progress with written arabic!
on 27 January 2013
It shows the difference between handwritten arabic and printed arabic clearly. Most books only provide you with the printed writing, which means that, if someone leaves you a quick note, you're unable to read it.
on 22 October 2010
Mastering arabic script shows you exactly the way one can master the language. It guides you though all arabic letters and it provides examples of words using each letter in all positions --initial, middle, end. Also it give examples of how each letter is written both in its typed and handwritten form. This helps the learner distinguish the letters even when one has to do with informal ways fo writing. Of course, this book is easier to follow when one knows some oral arabic. Knowing how each letter sounds phonetically and being able to understand some words makes it easier to test your knowledge of the letters themselves. Nonetheless, it can also work for those who do not know any arabic at all, since the writers provide examples of how each letter is pronounced.I recommend it to anyone who is interested inlearning arabic.