Mastering Arabic 1 (Palgrave Master Series (Languages)) Paperback – 19 Oct 2007
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"The new edition of Mastering Arabic is particularly exciting. The first edition has long been an oasis in a dry landscape. The quirky cartoons, the straightforward explanations and the clear layout have been very good reasons for teachers to go back to it continually as their textbook of choice... this new edition has confirmed Mastering Arabic's status as the most suitable book for beginners. It is ideal for anyone who wants to offer an enjoyable course that will take their students from zero to lower intermediate level." - Haroon Shirwani, Independent Schools Modern Language Association Newsletter
"It is so refreshing to see a language series so well thought-out, which goes really in-depth yet at the same time is easy and enjoyable to follow. I tried several arabic learning materials before finding this one, and it is by far the best on the market!" - Mark Trevarton
About the Author
JANE WIGHTWICK and MAHMOUD GAAFAR run their own publishing company and are the authors of several successful Arabic titles including a new title in the Routledge Colloquial series. Through their company they attend many conferences and exhibitions and also visit mosque schools and shops, and community colleges to promote their titles.
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Top Customer Reviews
I am on the final lesson and I won't be too sad when this is over. I do hope they've done a better job with the second book - I want to master Arabic, and this course is not making it too easy.
With this book you even learn how to learn - the authors show you how to learn vocabulary easily and never forget it, which I find especially helpful since my schooldays are long over!
The only downside for me personally: I purchased the book without the audio cds (since I'm a bit advanced), but if you want to be able to do all the excercises you really need them, although this was not pointed out directly. Then also there is no book for the advanced pupil (yet?), but at least the authors give you advice on how to take it from there once you've worked your way through this book.
All in all a very recommendable book for those who want to learn Arabic the fun way!
Brilliantly explained in simple style with the goal to get you to express simple ideas, needs and wants without compromising on understanding the grammar. The exercise are so well embedded with the text that you will actually enjoy doing them. The CDs supplied will augment the learning process. They contain, the vocals to the conversations in the book and pronunciations to words - the narrators are really good and bring the scenarios to life.
Ofcourse, to succeed one will need to have the commitment as with anything. But this book is probably the best way to start - it will give you the confidence to build on your Arabic skills. After finishing the book, if you want to be able to understand Arabic writing properly, or watch Arabic television you will definitely need advanced Arabic text books together with plenty of practice in reading and understanding (buying children's Arabic books are a good idea), those in an Arabic speaking country or among Arabic speakers will have an extra advantage of practicing speaking. Using children's Arabic TV channels will help.
Some people, especially non-Arab Muslims can read Arabic (but not understand it) as they learned to recite the Qur'an when young...this book is a good starting point for them to learn to understand the Arabic language if they are interested in understanding the Qur'an in the Arabic language. And for those with absolutely zero knowledge of Arabic, who wish to start learning it for the first time for whatever reasons, its great for them as it assumes zero knowledge and starts right from the Arabic letters and pronunciations.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very helpful bok with activites etc to work through to build up the language. I havent been through the full book yet, but so far so good!Published 6 months ago by Ambreen ilyas
As described, arrived on time. Happy with purchase. Would recommendPublished 7 months ago by Miss L
This book set is truly amazing, I have learnt a lot and you can always come back to it if you are busy. I am so glad I purchased this!Published 10 months ago by Indy_uk
only recived CD there is no book with it
i am vey disapointed