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3.0 out of 5 stars Conversational Jordanian Arabic, March 4, 2006
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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Initial post: Dec 3, 2011 10:30:30 AM PST
My impression is that apart from the English the speed of speech is far too great for a beginner and that it complicates the already difficult task of mastering Arabic phonetics.
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