- Paperback: 95 pages
- Publisher: Lyle Stuart; 12th edition (October 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0818404302
- ISBN-13: 978-0818404306
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 235 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It 12th Edition
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Nicholas Awde was born in London in 1961 and spent much of his childhood in Africa. He studied Arabic at London University.
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What I did was read the explanations in the book and simply write every example given for two full lines (right to left) on a standard notebook paper. By the time I was done with every example in the book, I was basically able to read and write with very little difficulty.
Of course this doesn't make my pronunciation perfect and it doesn't mean I know what things MEAN when I read them, but this book did exactly what I wanted it to do and that is guide me through the alphabet. I read a guy's blog that said a book is not necessary when learning the Arabic alphabet. I agree this is true. The same can be said of Japanese hiragana/katakana, and Korean Hangeul. Indeed, I learned those writing systems both with and without the aid of books. In my opinion, a little guidance and reassurance is nice when first learning a language and I chose to pay the premium on having my information given to me in a handy form of small, paperback book.
If you want to learn the Arabic Alphabet and are willing to spend some money for convenience, this book is great and it can work for you.
In the section where it describes each letter and how it is written in each of its forms, Awde doesn't go through the alphabet in order, but rather goes by the simplest and most common used letters first, such as baa, taa, and thaa. With each letter, the pronunciation is briefly reviewed and how it is written in each of the four possible positions is shown.
However, as the book progresses further into the letters, it seems the editing fell apart a bit. With some letters, the guiding arrows that help direct the reader in a step by step formation of the letter are missing. Now, the few times where this is the case, it can usually be figured out, but is still a little annoying.
The one letter family I thought was poorly executed was the jiim, Haa', and khaa' family. The way to write the initial and medial forms is shown in a way that is never used, and the way that I have always seen it written is not shown. It is close to it, but not the same.
However, despite these couple minor hiccups, the book is definitely helpful in gaining a better understanding of the Arabic alphabet. But by no means is this book where you should stop if you are looking to learn the language at any level.
I bought this book to teach my US born son my native (Arabic) language alphabet and script at home, and find it book very helpful and easy to use as guide to teach him the Arabic alphabet.
This book is exactly how I rated it, 5 stars, because it is well designed for a student just starting to study Arabic. It is a very good book for building basic understanding of the Arabic language alphabet.It's the best way introduce and learn the language to non-Arabic speakers.
An awesome buy and highly recommended
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