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2.0 out of 5 stars not for anyone receiving arabic lessons, 11 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Alif Baa with DVDs: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds (Paperback)
Personally I rate this book as being highly overpriced, and of very little use to anyone taking structured Arabic lessons. If you are attempting to self teach then perhaps this book would be helpful but otherwise give it a miss. As an Arabic student at university I was told to buy it when I began my course which I Immediately regretted due to the minimal amount of use I got out of it and the high price I had paid for it. Most arabic grammar books(such as "Arabic: an essential grammar" by Faruk abu-chacra) discuss the letters and their various written forms in a much more succinct way. There are of course severe limits on attempting to learn sounds from the written page and no book can teach it past a certain point. I also personally dislike the whole series having worked through books 1 and 2 before finally being allowed to drop them due to the bizarre and incoherent way they introduce grammar points, the ridiculous choice of vocab items to be taught, texts that don't match the level of the accompanying lessons and finally the writers conviction that really all students of arabic should really be learning Egyptian dialect rather than classical. However the limited number of alternative books really does not leave the student of Arabic a whole lot of choice
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