Top critical review
on 22 October 2013
I bought this book and the accompanying CDs to determine how difficult it might be to learn arabic for holiday use. Having had no knowledge of arabic before, I have found it exceedingly hard work. It is certainly by no means intuitive and trying to write at the same time as learn the language really is not for the casual tripper.
This might be a useful textbook for a taught course but for the lone learner it is daunting in the extreme. In addition to the other comments criticising the format, I found the arabic script, in many places, at the limit of resolution of my reading glasses. Thus, trying to write when not exactly clear what the superscripts and subsripts actually were, meant that one could never be 100% sure whether one was correct.
For someone who needs arabic to function (living or working) struggling through this might be an option. I shall look for something else and may return when I have some better idea of what I need to know. Definitely, this is not the course for someone who wants to be able to take the occasional holiday week in an arabic speaking country!