- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; 3rd Rev ed. edition (31 Mar. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9774248392
- ISBN-13: 978-9774248399
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.3 x 10.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,349,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Pocket Dictionary of the Spoken Arabic of Cairo: English-Arabic Paperback – 31 Mar 2004
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Whether you are newly arrived in Egypt and need to know the words for 'bread' and 'apartment,' or a long-term resident who suddenly needs to know how to ask for a picture frame or complain of a sore throat, this dictionary is for you. Fully revised and expanded, the third edition of this unique and invaluable dictionary presents 6,500 words commonly needed by foreigners speaking Arabic in Egypt. Arabic words are written in a clear and consistent transcription system, plurals are given for all nouns, plurals and feminine forms are provided for all adjectives, and past tenses are given for all verbs. The dictionary also provides stress rules and basic charts of verb endings, negation of verbs, form and use of numbers, pronominal suffixes, and comparatives and superlatives.
About the Author
Virginia Stevens, an instructor of English as a Foreign Language at the American University in Cairo, has taught foreign languages for twenty-seven years. Maurice Salib has taught spoken and written Arabic at the American University in Cairo and the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Spoken Arabic of Cairo (AUC Press, 1981).
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The book is a dictionary of English terms with the corresponding Arabic phrases detailed in phonetic detail.
A couple of caveats ... There are a couple small sections on grammar, but you're not going to master Arabic diction. Many verbs are irregular, and you are just as likely to sound silly as to sound erudite if you apply the general rules.
Also, Egypt and Syria are considered by many to be the centers of modern, spoken Arabic. You'll be understood in other parts of the Arabic speaking world if you use this dictionary, but you won't be speaking the local dialect. There are at least five different variations on ballpoint pen that I've run across in practice.
All in all, this is a very good, pocket sized guide.