- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Georgetown University Press; 3 edition (July 26, 2011)
- Language: Arabic
- ISBN-10: 1589017366
- ISBN-13: 978-1589017368
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 112 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya - A Textbook for Beginning Arabic: Part One (Paperback, Third Edition, With DVD) (Arabic Edition) (Arabic) 3rd Edition
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About the Author
Kristen Brustad is an associate professor of Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin and chair of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies.
Mahmoud Al-Batal is an associate professor of Arabic and the director of the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Abbas Al-Tonsi is senior lecturer at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
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The price I got this book for was 52 dollars, which considering that you will use it for beginner and intermediate courses would be a fair price for a student. If you are a casual learner, I still think this is a decent price point for this book, but I feel it may not be the best to learn it by yourself using this book as it is a bit advanced for beginners.
The book is divided into self-contained chapters that teach you different aspects of Arabic languages, each containing drills, audio, video among other exercises. It comes with a DVD containing the audio and video to help you in those exercises. The only problem you may face with the content is that they don’t give enough vocabulary, and the ones they do give are introduced at a slow pace which may hinder growth. I would recommend purchasing an English to Arabic dictionary.
The book is a well edited book a lot of good graphical illustrations to aid with your learning process. The binding of the book was well done hence it will survive everyday wear and tear. The paper used was of decent quality as well, although it felt like plastic sometimes, like a magazine.
To help with your learning, access to the website and E-cook are also provided with the book. The website helps you solve the exercises and guide you through the book more thoroughly. They teach you Modern Standard Arabic but also provide vocab in different dialects to help you understand spoken Arabic and adapt to different regions. The end of the book contains a small section with a small dictionary to help you better grasp the language.
1. The book is very expensive. The web site is an extra $25, and if you want the answer key, that's additional as well.
2. The included audio can be downloaded to an iPhone, iPad or your computer, which is a big plus over the last version. However, whoever named the clips didn't do any field testing. The titles are so long that only the first few words appear in the menu, and it's often hard to figure out which one to select. This could so easily have been solved if the publisher took the time to test it out.
3. As many others have pointed out, this is not really designed for self-study. It's best if used with a class.
4. The vocabulary choices are unfortunate. As a beginning Arabic student and potential traveler, there are a lot of words that would be more useful to know than "United Nations", "anthropology" and "specialist".
1. The glossy pages and color make it much more readable than the previous version.
2. I think the emphasis on the colloquial (Levantine and Egyptian) is helpful, if you intend to use Arabic in the real world
3. There aren't many other choices out there.