Complete Arabic: Teach Yourself (Arabic) Paperback – 26 Feb 2010
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The best-selling complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Arabic.
This ISBN is for the paperback book. The corresponding audio support (ISBN: 9781444100181) is also available. The book and audio support can also be purchased as a pack (ISBN: 9781444100174).
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It would be a splendid thing indeed were our world such that we could learn a language by studying one book and no more, and it would be even better were our world such that merely buying a language book be sufficient to master a new language. However, the actual world we live in is one where learning a new language requires a significant effort, and anyone seriously wanting to learn a new language, at any level beyond a few stock phrases, will understand that they need several books rather than just one.
This book is an excellent one to have as part of your collection, if you are serious about learning Arabic. It is one of the best books available, especially for self-study. This is because the contents are well structured and the student is never expected to know anything that has not been covered already, which sets it apart from many other popular books, including the Al Kitaab series (Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya). One reviewer says that the transliteration is a distraction. Maybe, but there is Arabic script throughout and my own experience is that with time one soon learns to ignore the transliteration, but some colleagues of mine who do not intend to learn the Arabic script like having the transliteration. Another reviewer says that there is not enough vocabulary in this book.Read more ›
I would recommend buying the CD edition of this book because of the significant differences between Arabic and English: you can get away with just the book for French, German, Italian etc but for a language so alien I would recommend the CD or, if possible, a native Arabic speaker: conveying the difference between daal and dhaal is nigh on impossible to convey without sound, but the explanation here without the CD is sufficiently, if not immediately, clear.
The book itself is sturdy and clear, with a fairly large font size and the odd picture to break up the text. It is printed in blank and white (unlike the other TY course I own, Italian) but this doesn't detract from the quality of the printing.
In conclusion if you are looking to study Arabic at your own speed this is a very clear but well paced in-depth course: you are rather plunged in very quickly there is nothing to stop you taking as long as you need for every paragraph.Read more ›
The only thing I'd say is that there is a slight focus towards listening and speaking rather than towards reading and writing. I personally value these skills as much as listening and speaking when learning a language, and although the Arabic is given, the transliteration of the Arabic (the Arabic word in Latin script) seems to be preferred by this course. I would also advise that as Arabic is so different from any European language, vocabulary can take a while to sink in as there is no similarity, that you write down the new vocabulary in each unit and make sure you know it well before progressing to the next unit.
As a whole, I've been really impressed by this course, and look forward to keep working my way through the course. Bittawfiq!
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This book is very detailed (almost 500 pages) and does exactly what it says ,ie. every thing you need to speak read and write ArabicPublished 7 months ago by s j holmes
I couldn't really get into this book found another way to learn much easerPublished 16 months ago by chantelle
Bought this for a friend who's father speaks Arabic so wants to impress him.Published 21 months ago by Kaurno1
This is fantastic - I bought it as an extra Christmas present for my husband as he had mentioned in passing that he would love to study arabic. He was surprised and delighted.Published on 10 Jan. 2014 by Kay