Top critical review
Great design, but not ideal for independent learners
on 29 March 2017
It's a great book so far, but it's not geared for independent learners who want to understand the reasons and grammar behind certain choices of words, etc. and who want to check their exercises. For someone who begun with Levantine Arabic and then moved to MSA, I find the Egyptian words and pronunciation often very different. I would have liked more explanatory notes explaining that 'this or that word is restricted to Egypt, and that you won't hear it in other dialects that much', etc.
I would have also loved to have a comprehensive vocabulary, a pronunciation guide (especially since the colloquial doesn't use vocalizations in writing), and most importantly, the correct answers in the back of the book! As an independent learner I find little use for a book where I can't check if I got my exercises right. The authors should have prepared a separate key to the book, a teacher's book or similar that an independent learner can use as a reference. I would have paid for such a book, and the availability of such a book would have made me buy all the books in the series. Now I fear I will not be using this very much.