- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1st edition (July 5, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071462090
- ISBN-13: 978-0071462099
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 83 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Easy Arabic Script 1st Edition
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Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar are experienced developers of foreign language learning books and recordings. They are also authors of several successful Arabic instruction titles.
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I am teaching myself the language and this book is really just... great! It's easy to understand, offers clear examples, activities for practice, and is overall a well constructed way to learn the language. I finally feel like I am making progressive and this book was my best teacher!
Learning Arabic as an English speaker who is decidedly NOT good at learning languages (after years of studying German & Spanish, plus a few months of Italian- all with a professor and academic setting), it's taken time and commitment to learn the basics (i.e. the alphabet)! I cannot rave enough about how this book has helped direct my learning and grow a knowledge of the language.
The guides are very detailed and obvious, giving clear examples of not only what the letters look like, but also how to effectively write them (i.e. where to start, finish, and lift your pen). There is practice space in the book to both trace examples and then practice on your own; however, it is probably a good idea to have your own paper and access to a photocopier if you wish to trace the more complicated symbols more than a couple times.
Presented in a compact and well organized form this book provides an excellent way to learn to read and write Arabic script. I'd highly recommend it for anyone that is looking to polish their skills or learn from scratch. And with practical examples and further practice guides this book will take you well beyond simply writing out the alphabet and numbers.
Like most books with a lot of formatting and a foreign alphabet, it probably won't convert well to a Kindle format. Despite my love of e-readers and all things digitized, this should be purchased as a paperback. It is a small, light book that is easy to carry around as a reference.
I can not recommend it highly enough for a beginning Arabic student.
This book systematically goes through the steps to learn Arabic script in a very painless way. It doesn't cover grammar, vocabulary or any other dimensions of the language. However, it will have you writing the characters correctly in no time.
I looked at a number of books on this topic and for the money this is a great bet. I don't think you will be disappointed with this book.
Thanks to this book I am now able to read digital material on websites and to read the handwriting of my husband (Levantine Arabic). The whole course focuses on Modern Standard Arabic, which is Egyptian Arabic. You can learn the differentiation between Ruq'ah and Naskh script. As well as how to write both scripts properly for yourself. In my opinion, the best way to use this book is after doing the lesson in the textbook Mastering Arabic 1 with 2 Audio CDs: Third Edition (Arabic Edition) and before doing the exercises in the activity book Mastering Arabic 1 Activity Book: Practice for Beginners (Arabic Edition) . Since the activity book requires a lot of writing, this will help with naturally writing and decrease the necessity of looking into the textbook to see if you're connecting the letters properly. The companion site is another useful resource.