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The Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic 1st Edition

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Language Notes

Text: Arabic, English

About the Author


Nariman Naili Al-Warraki is Senior Arabic Language Teacher and Director of the Arabic Language Unit of the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo.


Ahmed Taher Hassanein was for many years Associate Professor of Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo and is currently on the faculty of the United Arab Emirates University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774243544
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774243547
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is organized into 27 lessons, each covering some 3-8 connectors. By connectors, the authors mean the various particles that serve to conjoin two or more verbs, nouns, phrases, clauses, sentences, etc. Some simple examples in English would be "and", "but", and "or". Some more complex examples are "as for", "in order to", "provided that", and "in connection with". The premise of this book is that such constructions aren't covered adequately in most Arabic-language textbooks. I agree, but I would point out that this is also true of other languages besides Arabic. In fact, I believe a similar book for the English language would be quite a useful reference for students and writers.
This book is an excellent review text for someone who has studied Arabic before whether their level is advanced or intermediate. If you've ever had the frustrating experience of understanding almost every word in a paragraph yet still not comprehending the overall meaning, this book will do wonders for your reading comprehension.
Beginners could also benefit from a book of this type if the examples were translated, which they are not. This is unfortunate and should perhaps be remedied in a future edition.
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Ths is the most useful book I've found yet for the intermediate or advanced student of Arabic. While a grammar book teaches you all about morphology and is usually sparse on details of syntax, this book will lead you towards the goal of writing idiomatic modern standard Arabic. But to the real beginner, it will seem daunting and over-specialized - it did to me when I first saw it.
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I have used this book as the class text for a grammar class taught at ILI in Cairo, and I have found this book to be very helpful in both providing structural help, but also in providing invaluable assistance in composition, something I had not really had prior to using this book. Not only is it useful as a an in class text, it is also useful as a reference; for example this book's discussion of the various uses of ' is particularly helpful. The reason I only give it 4 stars is two-fold: The first is that frequently the examples given require a body of vocabulary that is perhaps past the ability of a student who is using this as an in-class tool. This may not be an issue for a more advanced student who is using this as a reference, so bear this in mind. The other issue with this book is the physical quality of the book. Perhaps there is a better printing in the US, but version I purchased here in Cairo fell apart after opening the book twice. And I mean fell apart. The binding was of such poor quality that almost all the pages fell out immediately, so buyer beware.
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As someone who has taken Arabic for three years, this book was extremely helpful to me! If you often read sentences in Arabic and understand every word but still don't understand what is happening in the text, you probably don't understand connectors as well as you think, and this book's lessons, explanations, and practice questions are VERY helpful! However, I would recommend readers at least be at the intermediate level of Arabic before trying to use this book - it assumes you know a lot of vocabulary and grammar already.
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First off, this book assumes you're approximately at low intermediate in reading. Some people have said that it is for "upper-intermediate" or "advanced". I disagree completely. Though the subjects used for examples are things like history, politics, religion, etc. which sound like "serious business" topics and reading levels, the sentences used are actually fairly basic. For comparison, I found sentences in books for 6-8 year olds to be of approximately the same difficulty (but clearly very different subject matter!). If you aren't comfortable reading at about a third grade level, you may find this book overly difficult.

The book has a number of lessons, each one covering a certain set of connectors and having an example text (translated into English below). The connectors for that lesson are underlined so that you can see where they appear in both the English and Arabic. This is useful to see how more natural translation would appear. The topics, as mentioned before, are generally non-fiction - and so fairly dry. Maintaining interest is part of the learning process, and I think the authors could do a little better here.

As others have noted, the exercises and other examples have no translation; I guess the authors thought that the sentences are supposed to be somewhat self-explanatory after they tell you how to interpret particular connectors. It would have been really helpful to have a short glossary. I had to use a dictionary to get the full meaning of sentence, which was a distraction. The authors make use of all 13 persons in verb conjugations, so if you don't recall how to conjugate for "they (two, female)" or "you (plural, female)", you're going to recall pretty quickly.
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The four stars I give this book are actually 3.5 stars. It is a very helpful reference in that it provides quite a comprehensive presentation and explanation of connectors, vital to properly understanding not just Arabic but any other language. However, the translations of the texts illustrating the use of the various connectors in each chapter are not of the quality one would expect from this kind of work, there could be more exercises and a key would be helpful to less advanced students, and as for the examples, although good, less advanced students could really benefit from a translation. In other words it is a solid, good reference book with room for improvement.
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