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Intermediate Arabic For Dummies Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0470373378 ISBN-10: 0470373377 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470373377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470373378
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

From e-mails to personal letters to correspondence, write in Arabic with confidence!

Looking to enhance your Arabic writing skills? This friendly, hands-on workbook gives you practical examples and useful exercises so you canpractice writing the language like a native. From vocabulary and numbers to juggling tenses, you'll get a clear understanding of the nuances of Arabic style and usage that will have you writing in no time!

  • Get back to basics — use numbers, times, and dates, and read and write the Arabic alphabet

  • Understand fundamental Arabic grammar — from nouns, adjectives, and adverbs to pronouns, prepositions, and conjunctions

  • Master Arabic verbs — learn all ten forms, spot the irregular verbs, create commands, use objects, and more

  • Write like a native — grasp the essential differences in Arabic versus English language usage

  • Put your writing skills to use — exercises and lessons get you up to speed and improving your Arabic right away

  • Practice, practice, practice — plenty of room is provided for writing directly in the workbook!

  • Jazz up your writing — join clauses, form conditional sentences, and use the verbal noun and participles

  • Take your Arabic on the road — communicate effectively when traveling or conducting business

Open the book and find:

  • A helpful Arabic grammar review

  • Arabic words and examples in both Arabic script and English transliteration

  • Tips for selecting the correct Arabic verbs

  • Answer keys at the end of each chapter

  • English-Arabic and Arabic-English dictionaries

  • Verb charts that provide conjugations of regular and irregular Arabic verbs

  • The most common Arabic writing mistakes to avoid

  • Hints for fine-tuning your Arabic

About the Author

Keith Massey earned his BA in classical studies and his PhD in biblical Hebrew and Arabic. He is currently an Arabic instructor and a high school Latin teacher. After 9/11, Massey worked as an Arabic language specialist for the National Security Agency (NSA).

More About the Author

The title of my first book, Intermediate Arabic for Dummies, describes my entire life.

I was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. I really didn't want to go to college. I had wanted to join the Navy. But my mother forged my signature on an application to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I was accepted.

(Wisconsinites got automatic admission at that time if they graduated from a public high school in the top half of their class. No way I could get in now.) This college thing was clearly important to her, so I relented and
went. I had taken four years of Latin in high school and pursued a Classics (Latin and Greek) major. I figured I would join the Navy after I was done with my education.

But I discovered that I was quite good at learning languages. After my
BA, I continued at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to eventually get my PhD in Biblical Hebrew and Semitic Studies, with a minor in Arabic.

While finishing that degree, I taught Latin one year and a variety of religious and biblical studies courses at the University of Wisconsin and Benedictine University.

And then I tried to join the Navy again, but was medically disqualified because of glaucoma!

But I got the chance to serve my country after 9/11. I was hired as an Arabic linguist at the Top Secret National Security Agency, where I would work for four years. During that time I earned the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal for service performed in Iraq.

After I left the NSA, I became a Latin teacher at a public high school.

In addition to my adventures in Iraq, I've explored many countries of the world. I share my love of travel and adventure in my novels.

They follow the exploits of a man I patterned after myself--an academic who is suddenly thrust into the world of international intrigue and espionage. My travel experiences allow me to add authentic details about the places the characters visit.

Even though my novels are tales of adventure, they are, at their core, stories about people. It is about their hopes and fears, as they struggle through the crises they face.

My novels also invariably include someone finding love amidst the chaos and heartache of their adventures.

Please explore my books and feel free to contact me through my main website:
http://www.keithmassey.com


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 15, 2009
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I really like this book. It has transliteration into English of all the Arabic, even in the exercises. This is good for me, since I never totally mastered the alphabet in my basic studies. It's organized into useful sections, treating the tricky grammatical topics I need to learn better. I've even laughed out loud at some of the humor he puts into the writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Roufaiel on March 21, 2010
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Excellent book for learning the Arabic language and this is coming from a person who is a native speaker of Egyptian dialect. I believe my children who aren't as solid in their Arabic will benefit from the grammatical explanations here.
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For those who know Arabic script, this is a great resource for getting into the nuts and bolts of Arabic and its syntax!
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This book is a tremendous resource for anyone attempting to tackle Arabic grammar. The table of contents is very clear and it is easy to reference anything you need help with. This isn't a book for beginners, but it is simple enough to educate without intimidation. If you need a quick reference resource, this is a quality book!
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