- Paperback: 452 pages
- Publisher: Georgetown University Press; 2 edition (July 1, 2007)
- Language: Arabic, English
- ISBN-10: 1589010965
- ISBN-13: 978-1589010963
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Al-Kitaab fii Ta allum al- Arabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic (Part 2) (Arabic and English Edition) (Arabic) 2nd Edition
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Kristen Brustad is an associate professor of Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin.
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 a professor of Arabic at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
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I am a college student completing my second year of Arabic language. I am currently in the middle of this textbook, and I will say that I find it to be an improvement over Part 1 of this series, as it makes an effort to teach vocabulary through roots and patterns rather than at random. A multitude of words in the Arabic language are derived from predictable patterns, so becoming familiar with the patterns enables learners to take a three letter root and derive all sorts of words, or to identify words with the same root and therefore similar meanings.
Another benefit of this textbook is that it is a standard in the academic/university setting. Therefore, if you plan to eventually enroll in a college Arabic course, it is good to be familiar with this text. In fact, as I was applying to study abroad programs, I was very grateful I had used this text, because almost every institution attempted to approximate the language level of applicants based on what chapter of Al-kitaab they reached in their studies.
This text does have drawbacks. Having already reached conversational proficiency in Spanish, I am honestly astonished by my lack of proficiency in Arabic given the amount of time and the intensity with which I study. The way this book is organized, it does not focus on teaching the most useful expressions and vocabulary first. I have known how to say, "My father works in the United Nations," since the first chapter of the first book in this series, and yet it isn't until months or even semesters later that students learn colors and body parts, learn how to say dates, ask what something costs, hail a cab, etc.
Ultimately, this book has been helpful because it made me realize how important it is for me to get abroad for as long as possible if I want to become conversationally proficient in this language. I'll be spending the next year enrolled in intensive language courses in Jordan. I'll bring this textbook with me, but I'll be glad when I don't have to use it.