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Arabic Today: A Student, Business, & Professional Course Paperback – October 15, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0748606160 ISBN-10: 0748606165

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (October 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748606165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748606160
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,453,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2003
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As a long time teacher of Arabic in the United States, I am aware of the difficulty of choosing a textbook that presents the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) in a cogent, yet efficient, format. Because of the small number of Arabic students (compared to Spanish, French and other popular languages), few functional textbooks in Arabic are published. It is, therefore, difficult to find a textbook that represents not only the latest theories in language teaching, but also is arranged in a way that transmits the language in an enjoyable and interesting venue.
"Arabic Today" attempts to bridge the gap between spoken and written Arabic through the use of "educated spoken Arabic". What that essentially means is that educated native speakers tend to use a less formal way of communicating while still not resorting to a totally colloquial form of speech. Unfortunately, while "Arabic Today" begins with a user-friendly conversational format, it quickly devolves into just another of the grammar-emphatic textbooks that tests one's resolve to dissect the structure of the language rather than learning how to communicate with the people who speak it. In essence, the conversational settings that it presents focus far too much on grammatical structures presented in the lesson rather than everyday functions that a visitor to the Middle East may need. A particular disappointment is the glossary at the back of the book which does not render the meaning of the word in question, but rather refers the reader to the page in the book wherein the translation of the sought-after word may hopefully be found. Although there is as of yet no "Holy Grail" for the teaching of Arabic to American students, "Arabic Today" with all of its shortcomings may serve the purpose until a better textbook comes along.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shayn Mccallum on October 19, 2001
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I really love this book as it is one of the few which manages to strike some kind of balance between the written language and the spoken colloquials. Few people really realise just how divergent the spoken 3ammiya versions of modern Arabic differ from the official,literary version which is the same in all Arabic speaking countries (but which no-one actually "speaks"). This book tries to present typical colloquial features that cross the various national dialects as well as pointing out certain regional peculiarities (which can really only be fully learned by living among native speakers). Moreover, having presented the spoken language it then goes on to present modern, literary Arabic (alFusha) in a very practical and relevant way. I really recommend this book to anyone wanting to get a foothold in modern (spoken and written Arabic).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2000
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Not the simple do-it-yourself book I had hoped for. The use ofsymbols in the book demands that you possess the audiotape for thiscourse.
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