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Practice Makes Perfect Arabic Pronouns and Prepositions (Practice Makes Perfect Series) Paperback – 1 Oct 2012
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Otared Haidar, PhD, Mst, PGDip, DPhil, (Oxon), specializes in Arabic and comparative literature and has taught Arabic language and literature at many institutions. She is a full faculty member in the Islamic World and the Middle East at the Faculty of the Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, where she teaches Arabic and Arabic Media.
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However, the exercises are truly terrible, mostly just translation of some kind. And as many others have said, the book takes a very dated grammatical approach, with grammar explained largely by grammatical metalanguage rather than examples from real communication. It doesn't include help on pronunciation when introducing new language... which is terrible, as it is in fact a distinguishing point in, for example على and عليّ.
Look elsewhere if you want a communicative guide to Arabic grammar.
So unless you know the grammar already to read these sentences, which if that was the case would kind of mean you were at an advanced level beyond what this book attempts to teach.
So it is kind of a catch 22 problem, if you can read the book correctly, then you probably don't need the book. If you could benefit from the book, you probably won't be able to read the book correctly to do so.
Unless you have a teacher or are a teacher or are merely using this book to brush up on your skills, it seems to be lost in void for most students of Arabic.
THIS BOOK LITERALLY HAS A TARGET AUDIENCE OF ARABIC STUDENTS WHO WANT TO PRACTISE PRONOUNS AND PREPOSITIONS.
There are no other real target audience. If you already know enough Arabic and need to practise, practise, practise then this is probably worth a buy, but from the general beginner student, get a teacher and then come back to this book.
Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal walked deserts for months to seek knowledge of hadith... But for us everything is easily made ready, so all we have to do is work a little hard in the comfort of our homes to learn this beautiful language.
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As someone who was attempting to learn the language on his own, I found these books to be helpful with providing me with the basics of the language, not to mention providing extra words, phrases and other helpful terms. Plus, getting three 190+ page books for ~$30, it was also a great bargain.
Besides that the prerequisites i recommend: The ability to vocalize arabic writing, writing ( just connecting letters), and a minimal vocabulary list committed to memory (100-200) words and a dictionary (physical or phone app). Found all the books in this series brand new for under $5 each and shipping cost more so definitely worth the value!