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2.0 out of 5 stars Only in Arabic, no English translations, July 22, 2008
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This review is from: Al-Kitaab Part One Audio On the Go (Arabic Edition) (CD-ROM)
Since the book, Al-Kitaab, comes with DVDs that do not play on a CD player, I was hoping to find some audio to help me study my Arabic vocabulary during my long commutes.

I bought this CD because I thought it would say the words in English & then in Arabic, or vice versa. But it doesn't. After listening to the first couple of chapters, it appears to be all in Arabic.

That's fine if you are reading the book while listening to a CD or MP3 player, but I can't do that while driving. Some words I could recognize, but some I don't. So it doesn't really help. I am so disappointed and cannot return the CD because it's been opened.
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Initial post: Jul 27, 2008 2:07:01 PM PDT
KJM says:
I'd just like to add that part of chapter 6 -- the part explaining Sufism -- is in a combination of English and Arabic.

Posted on Sep 6, 2008 7:31:28 AM PDT
I am glad that some one tells it like it is. Hopefully the people that makes these cds get the "note" and try to put ithe English translation on it. Seems to me they are on the right direction, first was the DVD then the Audio,........may Audio and translation will be fine.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 3:58:40 PM PDT
The product description states: 'Now available in MP3 format, this "Audio On the Go CD" contains all of the audio featured in the second edition DVDs for "Al-Kitaab Part One". While the audio on this CD is not new or different from the audio featured on the DVDs bound in to each book, the MP3 format allows for easy portability.'

No where in this description is there the slightest indication that there are English translations of the Arabic. The whole point is to make the audio from the DVD more portable. I would do my homework while listening to the MP3s on my iPod - often with the book in front of me. However, if you use the DVDs and the book to LEARN (key word there) the vocabulary from the chapter, the MP3s are useful as listening practice - even without the book. Every new vocabulary word in the "al-mufradaat" section is followed by a sentence - 90% of which you should already know, even without having learned the new vocab.

I don't think you should blame the CD for your own mistake of expecting it to be something that it was never advertised to be.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2012 5:56:24 PM PST
KJM says:
R.C.,
The book that the CD follows has English translations, so it is entirely acceptable to believe that the CD would have them, too. No where does it specify that it is only in Arabic (w/the exception of 1 chapter). And while the CD may be useful to some extent even without the book, as you say, it would be much more useful to me with English translations.
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