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Easy Arabic Grammar Paperback – November 30, 2004

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ISBN-13: 978-0071462105 ISBN-10: 9780071462105

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About the Author

Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar are experienced developers of foreign language learning books and recordings. They are also authors of several successful Arabic instruction titles.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 149 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780071462105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071462105
  • ASIN: 0071462104
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Marcus C. Davis on December 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
Personally, I learn a new language better if I have a good overall view of the framework of its grammar and syntax. Wightwick and Gaafar have written a quick and dirty primer for those who already have more indepth grammatic references, but need to know how it all fits together without getting buried in 450+ pages over a period of 6 to 12 months.

You'll need to know your alphabet ( I suggest Awde & Samano's 'The Arabic Alphabet'), and serious students cannot rely on this book for their main course of study; however, this book has done more for my progession than any other single book or system. Since I've made it through 'Easy Arabic Grammar' (which took me all of about 3 weeks, others could probably blow through it in much less time), most of my subsequent studies have consisted of following up on subjects I've already been introduced to, instead of learning entirely new concepts.

Good stuff.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By N. Zas on March 10, 2006
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This is an excellent initiation to writing Arabic script. It is concise yet comprehensive. What it is not is a source of vocabulary nor of grammar. If you want to learn how to read printed Arabic and learn Arabic handwriting, I recommend you begin with this book. You may not even need a second.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Dave S on November 6, 2007
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This is an excellent guide for learning how to write in Arabic script. It is a short book which skips on most other elements of the language. However, this short (and thus encouraging) book covers the two prevalent forms of Arabic script - naskh and ruq'a, typeset and handwritten forms respectively. All 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet are covered, along with a pronunciation guide and numbers 1 through 10 (which is appropriate given the focus on simply writing/reading).

The guides are very detailed and obvious, giving clear examples of not only what the letters look like, but also how to effectively write them (i.e. where to start, finish, and lift your pen). There is practice space in the book to both trace examples and then practice on your own; however, it is probably a good idea to have your own paper and access to a photocopier if you wish to trace the more complicated symbols more than a couple times.

Presented in a compact and well organized form this book provides an excellent way to learn to read and write Arabic script. I'd highly recommend it for anyone that is looking to polish their skills or learn from scratch. And with practical examples and further practice guides this book will take you well beyond simply writing out the alphabet and numbers.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on October 11, 2006
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I am a novice student of a variety of languages, but enjoy getting some familiarity with each. In particular, I think Arabic script is quite beautiful and as everyone knows the language is complex, rich and difficult to learn to write.

This book systematically goes through the steps to learn Arabic script in a very painless way. It doesn't cover grammar, vocabulary or any other dimensions of the language. However, it will have you writing the characters correctly in no time.

I looked at a number of books on this topic and for the money this is a great bet. I don't think you will be disappointed with this book.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Daisi on November 8, 2005
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I have taken Arabic classes, but they have not been as good as this book. It's a fantastic resource for beginning Arabic grammar. You should have a basic knowledge of Arabic - the script, for example. This book is excellent for a Level II Elementary student or above. FANTASTIC! Highly recommended~!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amin Bilal on January 15, 2007
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Very methodical. Very easy to follow. Great layout. Also has transliteration against each word so that one get the exact pronounciation. Builds up slowly and at a measured pace. Great as a companion to a mainstream teach Arabic book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Johansen on June 2, 2007
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If you are interested in learning Arabic, I will suggest you start with this book hands down. This will teach you everything you need to know about writing the script. most books will show you how to write it as it is typed on the computer. but this book will show you how native writers actually hand write it, for speed. So far the best book I have come across. Highly recommended.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shafik Yaghmour on June 30, 2007
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I had spent a long time working on my Arabic by the time this book came out and even though much of it was review the format was excellent and it made a perfect quick reference. I wish this book existed when I first started because it would have saved me a great deal of frustration. It is definitely not a text book and this book will only take so far before you need to pick up something heftier such as "Al-kitaab fii Ta'allum Al-'Arabiyya" but it is great place to start after you have know how to read and write. To pick up reading and writing I strongly suggest "The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It".
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