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4.0 out of 5 stars Good aid for getting a first time grasp of Arabic script., 16 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Read and Write Arabic Script (Learn Arabic with Teach Yourself) (TY Beginner's Scripts) (Paperback)
I'm using this book as part of a structured introduction to Arabic, on an intensive university Arabic course, and as an introduction to the script it's been extremely useful, and good value for money.

The thing I particularly like about it is that it contains a really helpful range of Arabic sources beyond what I have encountered in other introductory Arabic textbooks I have purchased to date.

I especially like the innovative use of real world encounters with the language, such as road and shop signs one might come across during a visit to the Middle East, and examples of Islamic calligraphy which is an interest of mine. The vocabulary is introduced gradually based around letters already covered.

The book also provides helpful links to further information and websites for things like transliteration software which seems to be a popular way of quickly being able to type in Arabic script online.

The only additional feature I would personally find interesting on top of the book's current content are examples of vocabulary and text written in Arabic handwriting, which can otherwise be difficult to pick up as a English speaking learner, although this might be a subject for a book in itself.

I would recommend purchasing this book to anyone seeking an introduction to and basic understanding of the Arabic script. I've personally found it best as a companion to one of the established Arabic text books like Mastering Arabic and/or al Kitaab for people wishing to learn the script and the language. It's been useful for learning to recognise the script, although learning how to pronounce the script and comprehend it when listening is best done through the exercises in texts with CD/DVD accompanying audio exercises and/or ideally having access to an Arabic speaker if that's possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful companion to general Arabic textbooks, 1 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Read and Write Arabic Script (Learn Arabic with Teach Yourself) (TY Beginner's Scripts) (Paperback)
Like the first reviewer, I've used this book as an additional resource to more general Arabic textbooks. Most of these tend to use just one or maybe two styles of Arabic script, so a book concentrating on script is a useful way of seeing how other fonts and styles of writing may look very different to someone new to the alphabet. For those new to the Arabic alphabet, it's also useful to have exercises and examples specifically aimed at developing good handwriting practice, and I found that working my way through this book speeded up and improved my own handwriting, which then made other written exercises easier and more satisfying. I would, however, agree with the first reviewer that some examples of ordinary Arabic handwriting would also be useful, especially in illustrating the ways in which many native writers/speakers skip some aspects of formal writing such as tanweens, the dots on final ya or writing 'seen' as a straight line.
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