- Paperback: 372 pages
- Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press; Bilingual edition (September 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 977416315X
- ISBN-13: 978-9774163159
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kalaam Gamiil: An Intensive Course in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic: Volume 1 Bilingual Edition
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About the Author
Abbas Al-Tonsi is a senior lecturer in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is the author or co-author of a number of Arabic coursebooks, including the Al-Kitab series.
Laila Aw-Sawi and Suzzane Massoud are both senior instructors at the Arabic Language Institute of the American University in Cairo.
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This book is really boring. I only own about 25 Arabic books so don't have much to compare to. However I prefer other Arabic series than this one. But thank God I actually finished this. I fell asleep EVERY TIME I studied from this book. I don't hate the Arabic language nor do I dread studying it but rather, it is integrated in my daily life.
The books says that this book is for the low Intermediate learner. I don't know if I underestimated my level but I felt like I was a true beginner (not novice) when I started this book. It was not challenging until the last chapter. It took me one month to finish the book. I self study only but any questions that I did have, I asked a native speaker daily. There are role play activities every chapter so the role play activities I would also do with a native speaker 2x a week.
-There is a lot of English in this book so that is helpful for students who are self studying like me and need to understand what the rules are in place for.
-It stresses on listening really well. They put all the conversation dialogues in the back appendix so you are forced to use and train your ears. Every chapter (12 in all) I made myself write the dialogue by listening only and WOW, what a disappointment it was seeing all my mistakes with the printed dialogue in the back! But I believe that because the book organized all the dialogues in the back, you are not tempted to read along with the cd.
-Utilized a few slangs and phrases every chapter. However, when I tried to use them or had them explained, native speakers (2 of them) told me that the phrases are no longer used.
-The first con that stuck out for me was one lady's voice. She has a nasally voice and it was horrible listening to her the whole entire cd.
- Boring book- Remember, I am an eager Arabic learner so I enjoy all kinds of Arabic materials.
-Vocabulary was a bit beginner/easy for me. I felt like the vocabulary was not intermediate level. Like I said earlier, depending on your level you may not find this book challenging.
-The charts are VERY Organized. How can one student follow a chart if it isn't even on the same page? Look at my pictures- I had to photocopy separate pages, photocopy the pages as One page to make a complete chart because one chart is divided into two pages (you have to turn the page to get to the other side of the chart and then constantly flip back and forth between the two pages to hear the chart read to you from CD.)
However, if you can read Arabic, have a basic grasp of grammatical terms (the more MSA you know, the better), and have an alternate listening source, this is a very good textbook. The descriptions of Egyptian Arabic are clear and it's predominantly vocabulary-based at first, which is exactly what I was looking for. Just be careful about the CD.
Because there are no personal reviews, no sample pages, and no audio clips on the internet. I have hesitated to buy this course. Owning most Fgyptian Arabic courses available, many MSA courses, also a few Gulf and Levantine courses, I've studied two years independently. One of my children is minoring in university Arabic, vists the Middle East often.
With that background to my opinion: I've made a thorough overview of this book's method and contents, and I've begun the lessons. I feel this "Intensive Course" will keep me *speaking* Arabic along with giving me the grammar knowledge to *construct my own* speech using the vast practical vocabulary it provides. I'm confident that the usual extreme effort it takes to progress in learning Arabic will be rewarded with this method and course!
As written on the back cover: "It is designed for students who have reached the lower intermediate level of Modern Standard Arabic and are now ready to branch out into their first experience of a major spoken dialect." You must have that foundation to use this book. (Comfortable with Arabic script, general Arabic grammar and basic MSA vocabulary.)
(I plan to update this review as I progress through the book.) I regret I did not buy it a year ago.
Best wishes to each reader.
UPDATE 12/13/12 >>PHOTOS<< and my answer to a comment-question :
Almost entirely in Arabic script. Transliteration is found *only* supplementing Arabic in the extensive tables (tables of verbs, prepositions, etc.)
The *only* English words: equivalent English for each Arabic vocabulary word and all grammar explanation in English for Arabic examples.
All vocabulary, exercises, drills, tables clearly recorded in beautiful 'amiyya on mp3 files. --Best wishes.