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Easy Arabic Reader (Easy Reader Series) [Paperback]

by Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar are highly experienced authors of Arabic and developers of language learning materials.

Product Details

  • Series: Easy Reader Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (March 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071754024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071754026
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Content Good, Format Frustrating April 22, 2011
By H. Ward
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book yesterday and love the idea of a graded Arabic reader for adults. The story is simple and offers very useful vocabulary and gradually builds in complexity.

I was excited to see that I can start buying Arabic books for the Kindle. Unfortunately, Arabic font is smaller than English fonts by nature and you can't change the Arabic font size using the font button on the Kindle. So, it is nearly illegible to me. Also, the larger Arabic words in the title get pixelated.

So, I would go with the print on this one for now....
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!! I wish there were more of them. April 18, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Entry level adult arabic readers are very hard to come by. I've purchased all three that I have found, and found this to be the best.

The book is entertaining and has three basic sections:

Jamal's Journey follows an Arab American on his first trip to the middle east. It does an excellent job of covering both vocabulary, usage and the rarest element CULTURE.

Arab Characters gives short entertaining biographies of Arabs throughout history.

Finally the story of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" is modernized and presented in manageable chunks using simplified language.

All of the sections are littered with pictures, illustrations, word definitions, idiom explanations, and most importantly questions about the material to ensure you are reading critically. The material is easy enough to follow for a self-learner and the key in the back ensures you are not too far from the correct answer if stumped.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating June 7, 2011
I was studying Arabic, both written and oral, for about two years using a private tutor. I am studying on my own now and purchased this item a couple of months ago. It is not exactly "easy" as the title would want one to think. Before one tackles this book one has to have a fairly good grounding in basic Arabic grammar. My main problem with this title is that it does not come with a CD so one can listen to the different stories. One has to go online to launch an "Audio Study Player" found in the McGraw Hill website to listen to the stories in the book. Unfortunately there is a glitch in their Player and half the stories are not accessible. I contacted the M-H Technical Support people and received an immediate response. After they figured out what was wrong, they still, after 2 months, have not installed a fix to the problem. It would have been much simpler if they had just included a CD with the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Download the mp3 and enjoy a great book! July 1, 2012
By marasal
This is a great book once you get access to the mp3 recordings and listen to them once and again in your ipod.

I bought this book one year ago, and hardly used it. Getting online to listen to the stories was generally inconvenient.

I discovered a few weeks ago that it is actually quite simple to download the recordings. You just need to follow the steps described in:


Alternatively, you can just install the relevant add-in for Firefox that allows you to download at the same time these recordings or streaming content from sites such as youtube.

Now that I have the recordings in mp3 I can say this is a great book. The stories are good and the vocabulary quite vast. The best thing is listening to the recordings once and again after you have reviewed the story ans the vocabulary. It gets you familiar with the sound of Arabic at a much faster pace that any other way I can think of.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The idea of this book is good, and for the first 13 or 14 chapters it was fine, some of the grammar I'd studied before became more clear and it was nice to see vocab in context. I've studied Egyptian Arabic for two years and in Modern Standard I'm almost done with the third-year-level Arabic courses so I'm well past "easy" or "beginner" vocabulary. But after chapters 13 or 14, I've started running into a lot of vocab words I don't know and it's getting obnoxious to the point where I don't look forward to using the book anymore.

The glossary in the back only contains definitions of the words the authors feel should be new to the reader and I've found that about half I know and half I don't. So now if I want to use this book I'll have to carry a dictionary around with me or wait until I'm at home and I can go online to look up new words.

Books like this in any language are annoying because I don't care how experienced a person is, they can't predict which words in a foreign language are easy or already known to another person. The glossary in ANY language-learning book geared towards beginners should contain ALL the words found inside of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Decent Reader... July 12, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a pretty decent Arabic reader, with short passages followed by new vocabulary and review questions. However, to use it to a full extent I would recommend buying "Mastering Arabic" series beforehand; otherwise you might get lost and frustrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great student resource February 6, 2013
By jj
This reader is a great resource for the self-taught student. The passages use light and common vocab and are just the right length to be challenging but not overwhelming.

It seems a few people have had trouble finding the audio resources online. I did at first too, but it just takes a bit of Googling effort and you'll find them. They are still out there, just not exactly where the link on the book cover directs you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars more easy lessons
having just learnt the alphabet, I would have liked some easy sentences with the pronunciation printed underneath and translation. Is that possible?
Published 4 months ago by ann hubbard
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth buying. Too hard to access audio.
Too hard to access the audio- I didn't end up using the book because it was too problematic. If there was a CD I would have given it a good rating. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A-DUB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product!
This is a great product! I love having the new vocabulary easily accessible and review questions to test my reading comprehension! Wish there were more books like this.
Published 10 months ago by Stephanie Fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to Read in Kindle Version
I purchased Kindle version. In many places, it is difficult to make out the vowelling and other Arabic print features. I am unable to increase the print size. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rahallatun
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy the paper edition if you can
I love the content of this book and the exercises as I love all products by the Wightwick and Gaafar duo. I bought the paper edition a long time ago. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jessie Carduner
2.0 out of 5 stars Get a hard copy
I made the mistake of getting the Kindle version. The Arabic font size is so small it's practically unusable, at least on a laptop. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Une
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book with online audio
I read some of the other reviews and I just wanted to tell those who didn't buy this book because of the missing online audio: There is an audio tape for the WHOLE book online for... Read more
Published on February 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I needed
This book is unuseable if you are trying to learn to read Arabic. If you already have the vocabulary of a typical Arabic 5th grader then it is fine. Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by D. Carman
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Originally Buy Because Couldn't Find Content; Since Changed My...
OK, so the previous version of this review said that I didn't buy it because I couldn't get all of the online material. It now seems that it's available. Read more
Published on November 24, 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Arabic Reader (Kindle Version)
This pair have produced some helpful tools for learning Arabic. The only dissapointment so far with this Easy Reader for the Kindle is that the Arabic text is too small and I've... Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by happy mama
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