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3.0 out of 5 stars Conversational Jordanian Arabic, March 4, 2006
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This review is from: Just Listen 'n' Learn Arabic, 2E Package (Book + 3CDs): The Fastest Way to Real Arabic (Just Listen and Learn Series) (Paperback)
This course teaches primarily the spoken Arabic of Amman; little attention is given to the written language, though the alphabet and the reading of some signs and menu items is taught. The series title, "Just Listen and Learn," is not appropriate; you must study the book carefully and have it open in front of you as you work with the recordings. Nor can you use the book well independently of the recordings; they are necessary for many of the exercises. The ability to back up your CD player over short passages of ten or twenty seconds is also necessary. Catching correct pronunciation from full-speed, natural conversations with background noise is not easy. There is far too much unhelpful English chitchat on the recordings. Strong points are the conversational approach, a good selection of vocabulary, and clear explanations of the literal meaning of Arabic phrases as well as their colloquial English equivalent. Grammar is clearly explained without becoming tedious. Numerous exercises prod you to start speaking. The best reason to select this course is why I bought it: I was going to Amman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as it sounds., December 30, 2005
This review is from: Just Listen 'n' Learn Arabic, 2E Package (Book + 3CDs): The Fastest Way to Real Arabic (Just Listen and Learn Series) (Paperback)
I bought this program mainly for the 4 CDs. However, most of the "on-site" recordings are unclear, being too fast for the untrained ear. Plus, the narrator verbally repeats the written instructions for each exercise, and makes comments in english, meaning far more english than arabic is spoken on the disks. If you're a beginner looking to improve your oral comprehension, this is probably not it.

On the plus side, there is a short lesson on arabic script at the end of each chapter.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unadvisable for almost anyone, December 3, 2011
This review is from: Just Listen 'n' Learn Arabic, 2E Package (Book + 3CDs): The Fastest Way to Real Arabic (Just Listen and Learn Series) (Paperback)
The other reviewers have pointed out the weak points of this product: too much English and too rapid speech. The local library has mainly Pimsleur tapes and cd's for language learning which, like all other recordings in English and the new language, distract the learner from the task of learning first the correct pronunciation. GOOD PRONUNCIATION BUILDS CONFIDENCE. A recording only in the new language apart from introduction accompanied by a manual with slow, careful pronunciation by native speakers is by far the best material to use to learn another language. For such students, I refer them to the Conversaphone records and tapes from the past, and to anything of similar quality. Advanced students would be well advised to get an audiobook and corresponding literary work (some best-seller, probably junk, but treat it as a portable language lab). The latter is obviously more an option for Spanish, French and German, but through the Internet there should be other possibilities. On rethinking this review, I cannot think of anyone who would benefit from the above course except as a strange treatment for insomnia.
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