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Product details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Pallas Athena Distribution; 1 edition (22 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • ISBN-10: 9197895458
  • ISBN-13: 978-9197895453
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Joyce Akesson has studied the Semitic languages at Lund's University, Sweden, and has previously been a lecturer there during many years. Beside the present book, she is the author of "Causes and Principles in Arabic" (Pallas Athena 2011), "A Study of Arabic Phonology" (Pallas Athena 2010), "The Basics & Intricacies of Arabic Morphology" (Pallas Athena 2010), "The Phonological Changes due to the Hamza and Weak Consonant in Arabic" (Pallas Athena 2010), "A Study of the Assimilation and Substitution in Arabic" (Pallas Athena 2010), "The Essentials of the Class of the Strong Verb in Arabic" (Pallas Athena 2010), "The Complexity of the Irregular Verbal Nominal Forms & the Phonological Changes in Arabic" (Pallas Athena Distribution 2009), "Arabic Morphology and Phonology: Based on the Marah Al-Arwah by Ahmad B. Ali B. Masud" (Studies in Semitic Languages and Linguistics, Brill Academic Publishers 2001) and "Ahmad B. 'Ali B. Mas'Ud on Arabic Morphology Marah Al-Arwah: Part 1:The Strong Verb" (Studia Orientalia Ludensia, Vol 4, Brill Academic Pub 1990). She has also published several articles about Arabic linguistics in two Journals, the Journal of Arabic Linguistics (the ZAL or Zeitschrift für Arabische Linguistik) Wiesbaden, and the previous Acta Orientalia, Denmark. She has also written a lemma about sarf "morphology/phonology in the Encyclopaedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, vol. 4. Leiden: Brill, 20. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is a decent book, and the (non-native) author has made a great effort in attempting to both collect and standardise (i.e.put into fusha/MSA) many idioms, proverbs and sayings.

However, I went through this book with my teacher. My teacher is not only a native Arab, but a master of both English and Arabic. He spent 16 years at Al-Azhar, graduating from the faculty of languages. Additionally, he has two masters in linguistics from Western Universities.

Anyway, we went through this book and, in his opinion, only 40% of what is here are bona fide idioms/proverbs. He did mention some of them are very good and the author has clearly put some effort into this as mentioned. However, it would be wise to study this book with a very experienced and proficient Arabic teacher (it took me about 2hrs to go through the book with my teacher simply to pick out the genuine idioms and proverbs).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best collection I've found 9 Aug. 2013
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There isn't much out there, but this is a pretty good collection of sayings -- the best I've found so far -- which I've incorporated into my Arabic studies. I have found them reliable, because my teachers understand them when I use them. They are very practical and usable sayings, for the most part. I also found that they helped expand my vocabulary in a fun way. I'm not qualified to judge the quality of the selection or the translations, but they seem pretty accurate overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good choice ! 26 Oct. 2016
By Nouara Farida - Published on Amazon.com
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very good book !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Sept. 2014
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Wonderful book. Very useful to have the English alongside the Arabic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book, offering many insights into the Arab culture ... 14 April 2015
By Simon - Published on Amazon.com
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a great book, offering many insights into the Arab culture and mindset. Purchase is recommended! Many saying fit all of mankind, whereas some are distinctly fittig for the Arab culture only.
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