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Moroccan Arabic: Shnoo the Hell is Going On H'naa? A Practical Guide to Learning Moroccan Darija - the Arabic Dialect of Morocco (2nd edition) (Educational Resources) Paperback – April 1, 2012
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"The first edition of Moroccan Arabic was a much-needed delight, a lively and engaging introduction to the language, as authoritative as a traditional textbook but much more accessible and entertaining. With the growing international interest in North Africa, this second edition, combining the work of U.S. and Moroccan scholars, is especially welcome." --Marvin Carlson, Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies, The City University of New York --via email to Collaborative Media International, April 2011
"I love the sense of humor woven throughout - it's an enjoyable read. A great example of collaboration." --Edwin Bodensiek, Director of Outreach and Public Relation, CIES - Fulbright, Washington, DC --via email to Collaborative Media International
"A must-have, low-cost, high-utility manual for navigating the at-times confusing, yet crucially important events unfolding in North Africa and the Middle East today. [And supports a worthy Morocco-based academic NGO] that pulls together a remarkable gathering of scholars and artists from around the world each year at its annual conference held at the breathtakingly beautiful historic Kasbah Museum of Tangier." -- Fawzia Afzal Khan, Professor, Montclair State University --via email to Collaborative Media International, April 2011
From the Publisher
Many people contributed to making Moroccan Arabic a reality - and by agreement of all those involved, the proceeds from the sale of this book go to support the publishing program at the International Centre for Performance Studies (ICPS) - Tangier, Morocco.
Initial research for the book was conducted during a Fulbright graduate student grant. The ongoing project (encourage more people to learn Darija, provide improved study materials, and provide a funding stream for ICPS-Tangier) is sustained by the generosity of numerous all-volunteer partners - kindly lend your assistance by sending an email to email@example.com
Moroccan Arabic covers the following topics:
Introduction and transliteration system
Nouns: independent pronouns; object pronouns; possessive pronouns; demonstrative pronouns
Adjectives: comparative; superlative; verbs from adjectives
Verbs: past and present tense - verb stem formation: regular, Type I irregular, Type II irregular, Type III irregular; Negating Verbs; Multiple Verb Use; The Imperative Tense; The Future Tense; The Past Progressive / Past Habitual Tense; The Past Perfect; The Present Perfect Progressive; The Future Perfect / Future Perfect Continuous; The Conditional Tense; The Passive Voice; The Causative Case; Verb Participles; Irregular Verbs - to be, to be present, to have, to have ever, to need, to please, to remain, to want
Talking About Money
Appendices: Word Lists by Subject - Food and related, At the Doctor's Office, Body Parts, Religious Terminology, Political Terminology, `Naughty' words, Environment / Places, The States, Jobs and Work, Colors and Shopping, Clothing, Family, Animals, Musical Instruments; 50 Verbs; Miscellaneous Adjectives; Conjunctions / Timing; Miscellaneous Idioms and Proverbs; Being Friendly; Religious Idioms
Praise for Moroccan Arabic from travelers, language students, scholars and Fulbrighters on both side of the Atlantic:
"Fills a gaping hole in Moroccan Arabic instruction. Based on the first-hand immersion experiences of a native English-speaker who navigated Moroccan culture and language for a year... and as a researcher in Morocco myself, I found it handy." --Nabil Khan, Fulbright Scholar to Morocco
"Written by a born teacher. This book enhances effective language instruction and builds a collection of everyday conversation resources for Anglo-American students and scholars." --Dr Khalid Amine, Professor, Université Abdelmalek Essaadi and President, International Centre for Performance Studies (ICPS) - Tangier
"A great resource. I wish had this book when I was traveling and researching in Morocco." --Dr Jennifer A Roberson, Professor of Islamic Art, Sonoma State University, California
"I am so excited about this book! Congrats to the writer, editors, and publisher. Mabrook!" --Sarah Dohrmann, Writer, Fulbright Scholar to Morocco
"A wonderful resource for learning this rich variation of Darija - this guide provides English speakers with the tools necessary to overcome the difficulties of learning Moroccan Arabic. Far from being an ordinary dry text-book, Shnoo the Hell Is Going on H'naa playfully combines the features of professional linguistics with lively real world sensibilities. Packed with conversational examples, extensive explanations and comprehensive glossaries, render this book a faithful companion on your travels to the other side of the Atlantic." --Rajae Khaloufi, Editor and Translator, Fahd School of Translation, Tangier, Morocco
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On a happier note, his explanations are pretty spot on, even if they gloss over the complexities of the language. It is a good starting point, but you'd need a phrase book (the Lonely Planet one is great) to supplement it, as this book gives no explanation of greetings, common expressions, etc.
The introduction notes that the readership can email with suggestions for an upcoming edition. The book is a good start, but needs revising. I hope the next version is more consistent and professional, and maybe then it would justify the price.
like that the book was written by a Fulbright language-study grantee -
he knows the little nuggets that help most. It clearly explains in
detail all the most important stuff: all the different types of nouns,
adjectives and verbs, plus it covers the Nisba, question words, money,
telling time, conjunctions, prepositions and also has tons of useful
words and phrases organized by subject. And since it's lightweight,
easy to use and cheap, I decided to get a second copy for friends and
family to use when they visit.