- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Georgetown University Press; 2 edition (October 31, 2006)
- Language: Arabic
- ISBN-10: 1589011309
- ISBN-13: 978-1589011304
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Modern Iraqi Arabic with MP3 Files: A Textbook (Arabic Edition) (Arabic) 2nd Edition
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"In sum, this book makes an excellent introductory text material for classroom and self-study purposes. The book introduces the reader to the basic expressions, lexicon, and grammar of Iraqi Arabic." ― eLanguage.net
About the Author
Yasin M. Alkalesi is founder and president of Arabico, Inc., a California corporation that offers language translation, educational audiovisual materials, and crosscultural programs to American businesspeople and companies working in the Middle East. Modern Iraqi Arabic is the summation of his thirty years of experience in teaching Arabic at Yale University, the University of California, Los Angeles, Berlitz Language Centers, and Arabico.
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- Has Arabic script as well as transliteration
- Decent amount of content
- In addition to the dialogues, there's lots of vocabulary and grammar
- I really love that it includes common idioms in each chapter
- English and Arabic dictionary in the back of the book
- The author narrated all the dialogues himself, and so they can get kind of boring since he's reading all of the parts. Would have been nicer if they had different people reading the dialogues.
- It would have been great if the English translation was included on the CD as well as the Arabic.
- I've used it moderately, and the binding of the book is already coming apart in places
- Unless I'm clueless, it seems that the Arabic section of the dictionary in the back of the book is only loosely ordered, so sometimes it can be difficult to find words
- A few minor typos
The words/expressions are all written in the Arabic form and in a transliterated form for those who cannot read or write Arabic.
If you speak MSA already, you will fly through this book with no trouble. To a beginner, learning to read and write may be a challenge.
The book reminds me of a very good high school or college foreign language textbook; it is very communicative, with a LOT of great information on grammar, vocabulary, culture and especially useful idioms! The dialogues are extremely useful as well, and the text is peppered with great drawings of Iraqi life and culture.
I am about half way through the book (and the course), and I would say the only drawback so far is that there could be more examples of verb forms in the perfect and imperfect tenses to illustrate how they are conjugated to suit me. However, it is better than many books and texts I have seen on Arabic, in general, on verbs, but perhaps not nearly as thorough as the Erwin book: "A Basic Course in Iraqi Arabic". Nonetheless, that is a small matter in comparison to all the positive aspects to this book. It is not only a great language text and audio program for beginners, but a cultural one, as well. When studying Iraqi Arabic, I would have both this text AND the Erwin one on my shelf. They approach the learning of Iraqi Arabic from slightly different perspectives, but they complement each other nicely.
The addition of the Arabic script along side the romanized texts is good, although as I have said in other reviews of Arabic materials, I believe it useful to learn this particular language (Arabic) in a familiar orthography (i.e. romanized form) first to get a good grasp of the grammar, and structure, etc. Since Arabic is essentially a "phonetic" script, it can be learned later, or separately. I believe that learning a language this way (in a romanized form) helps the student remember words and phrases in an aural-oral context.
I highly recommend it as an addition to your Iraqi Arabic learning materials. The Phrasebook by Alkalesi is also extremely useful.