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Al-Kitaab Fii Ta Allum Al- Arabiyya: Pt. 1: A Textbook for Beginning Arabic (Arabic) Paperback – 2 Sep 2004
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"More drills and activities have been worked into the text, giving students more practice in the skills being presented." -- "MESA Bulletin"
"One of the most complete modern Arabic pedagogy programs available." -- "eLanguage.net"
"The student hears, sees and reads Arabic, and learning is kept close to an authentic linguistic and cultural experience." -- "ADFL Bulletin"
"This is an extremely impressive volume, clearly demonstrating the practical and academic value of an outstanding textbook and the enormous amount of effort required in creating such a tool." -- "Forum for Modern Language Studies"
"[T]he authors...have succeeded in genuinely integrating [reading comprehension and listening and speaking activities]... The content of the material as well as its methodological approach makes Al-Kitaab highly recommendable to anyone who wants to learn or teach Arabic communicatively... [It] represents nothing less than a new generation of textbooks." -- "British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies," reviewing a previous edition or volume
"This textbook...is a creative approach to learning Arabic." -- "Middle East Journal," reviewing a previous edition or volume
About the Author
Kristen Brustad is an associate professor of Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin. Mahmoud Al-Batal is an associate professor of Arabic and the director of the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Abbas Al-Tonsi is a professor of Arabic at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
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When I first opened the book, it baffled me because there was relatively little in the way of English (compared to other Arabic textbooks (and trust me- I have seen more than my fair share of those)). That's not to say there's no English- all of the instructions are in English, and there are vocab translations (as well as a Eng-Arabic AND Arabic-Eng mini dictionary at the back). From lesson one you have to make use of the provided DVD's. Instead of translating every word, they use the word in context of a sentence (which you may or may not understand). I found this amazingly helpful because it taught me HOW to use the word, and trained my ear to the language. I've never come across this approach in other textbooks or DVD's, but it is definitely more helpful toward actually learning how to speak the language. The enunciation is easy to understand, and the format of the book is approachable and easy to use.
Having had many textbooks forced on me when I was younger, I think I've finally found one that at once challenges and guides at exactly the right level. If you are familiar with the alphabet and very basic word/sentence formation, this book is ideal for continuing your studies. If, like me, you are ahead of this level, but with extremely gappy knowledge (and little in the way of vocab), this is perfect for keeping you interested, whilst actually being informative. I would definitely recommend it.
I'd say the book's only redeeming feature is the lengthy passages of Arabic text it contains which are useful in helping improve your reading skills and seeing vocab and grammar points in context. But apart from that, this book is truly awful. Don't try and use it to teach yourself: it will put you off Arabic for life, and it would be a massive shame to miss out on what is actually (despite the book's efforts to convince you otherwise) a vibrant and interesting language.
Although the Book states it is for beginners I would definatly advise new comers to get to grips with the basic alphabet and principles of reading arabic script. This book assumes you know how to read Arabic Script as this follows on from the precursor book Alif Baa.
Once you have got over this hurdle you will find that the tasks are well organised and conterary to some reviews do develop your ability to start generating grammatically correct sentences and questions with relative ease.
I have only got through a few chapters but can feel the benefit :-).
Of course, you can't expect to learn Arabic perfectly by only relying on books, but this gives a strong base to any motivated learner (no wonder many university courses choose this text in particular), even if you're on your own. Egyptian Arabic may not be the dialect of your choice, but it's well understood throughout the Arabic world... and then again you've got to start somewhere :)
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