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Elementary Modern Standard Arabic: Volume 1, Pronunciation and Writing; Lessons 1-30 (Elementary Modern Standard Arabic, Lessons 1-30) Reprint Edition
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The downside is that the book is long. (However, remember the old saying that, "Short writing makes for long reading.") Its vocabulary is not particularly helpful for general conversation. And it is not produced in a "slick" manner; specifically, its appearance is of typed rather than printed pages, and it is devoid of the graphics that many present day students like.
My conclusion is that if you want a solid coverage of the grammar of Modern Standard Arabic written in an easy paced manner, and have the patience to "eat the elephant a bite at a time," this book will serve you well. If you are looking for something that will help you with conversational Arabic, or one that will keep you entertained while you are learning, then this is not the right book.
The advantages of the book are its easy structure, grammar emphasis and easy-to-understand explanations. The book covers 30 chapters/lessons. Each one of them is structured very rigidly: grammar points, new grammar sets and reading comprehension with new words from the same lesson. I find this structure of each lesson very conducive to learning and reinforcing what the student learns.
The disadvantage of the book is its lack of rich vocabulary, its special focus in choice of texts for the lessons. In addition, the lack of graphics, pictures, etc makes it somewhat unengaging compared to other language books.
However, why oh why has the type in this book not been updated? The text appears much as it must have looked when originally published during the Eisenhower administration? This is an excellent text book that should have been revised several times, using more up-to-date fonts, pictures and graphics. I cannot understand why this excellent tool for teaching Arabic has remained mummified for so long.
This work is solid and a testimony to some very hard work, but it could be so much better. When there is STILL an absence of thorough Arabic texts out there, this one demands improvement.
Some of the grammar rules it states are misleading. The vocabulary in the book is in fairly impractical, unless you are going to be spending a lot of time in the office of the director, and on top of that, the font is very bad and at times illegible, which is akin to salt in the wounds of someone not familiar with the alefabet. Out of the 10 or so foreign language textbooks I've used, this is by far the worst foreign language textbook I've ever encountered. On the plus side, it's (sadly) the best one for Arabic out there.
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The book was recommended by my Arabic teacher Hudaifah a very complete book for those who can read Arabic and has a excellent teacher as an assistant! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Muhammad Rashid Aliyu
I would recommend to all students to buy their text book from Amazon for 3 reasons. 1) low price. 2) on time delivery 3) you will recive the product as discribed in the Amazon's... Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Abdullah
Very good intro, if a little prolix. Covers grammar in thorough detail and offers plenty of exercises and substitution drills. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by peter cummings
I used this textbook as an undergraduate. Happily my instructor was enthusiastic and competent, plus my Hebrew helped, AND I had Lebanese friends who tutored me... Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Sorek
Arabic is a hard language. No one is here to debate that fact. However the grammar presented in this textbook is very good. Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by ksiezycowy
Paperback, great condition, and just the book I needed for my Arabic class. The packaging wasn't the greatest though. It could've easily got damaged but it came alright! Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by Jehan