9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book, very useful for people who want to practice vocabulary,
This review is from: Practice Makes Perfect Arabic Vocabulary: With 145 Exercises (Practice Makes Perfect (McGraw-Hill)) (Paperback)
First of all, I would like to ask reviewers not to grade down language books just because they don't correspond to their level of knowledge. This is a book that was clearly marked (on the back cover) as addressing to students with intermediate level knowledge of the language.
Back to the book now: this is a book that will allow you to practice the vocabulary that you know and pick up new words. Not all of them are useful (I really don't like cooking, so the arabic word for parsley will not be that useful to me), but there are enough words there for the readers to choose the ones that best correspond to their needs. Also, the exercises can be genuinely funny and fun (thank you authors for using charm and intelligence!). This is a companion book and cannot be used as a main textbook, but in reality, it is the exact kind of book that arabic learners needed. With the lack of quality materials to support students of arabic, this series is a breath of fresh air and should encourage more printing houses to follow suit. God knows we need more books that will allow students to focus on different aspects of language learning and give them the change to practice again and again through engaging exercises concepts that can be tricky or completely boring, but essential. And more easy reader books please: they are useful for both beginners and advanced students who find reading a one-page text on the Ottoman Empire completely exhausting, but would like to practice simpler vocabulary to gain fluency.
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Initial post: 1 Jun 2014 01:40:53 BDT
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J. E. S. Leake says:
Hi, DFemme, thanks for your review! Unfortunately the publisher's warning on the back page is not among the four pages they chose to allow Amazon to publish on the preview (including only the first page of the table of contents and the first page of the vocabularies) and it is not included in the blurb, so you can't blame other reviewers for a little confusion (we have no idea of what sort of exercises are involved, for example). The word list looks reasonable, but is it all like the first page, just lists of words, with no indication which are common and which less so? How does it treat verbs? I see that the nouns on the first page have broken plurals. Do verbs have masdar and imperfect forms?
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