- Paperback: 142 pages
- Publisher: Collaborative Media International (July 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982440901
- ISBN-13: 978-0982440902
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,312,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moroccan Arabic: Shnoo the Hell is Going On Hnaa? A Practical Guide to Learning Moroccan Darija - the Arabic Dialect of Morocco
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I brought it with me many times and when there was confusion with what I was trying to say it helped me to get my point across (i.e., M'femtsh: I don't understand/ Andak...?: Do you have?, etc.)
It also aided in my acceptance with the Moroccan people (which is not hard as they are a very hospitable people) as they got a kick out of seeing me desperately trying to explain myself while pointing to a phrase in the book. Here in the states, every Moroccan that has seen the cover of this book has had a nice laugh [Snhoo the Hell is Going on H'naa? ("snhoo" and 'h'naa' are Darija for "what" and 'here' respectively)].
All in all, if you are going to Morocco or are trying to impress a Moroccan, this book is a must have.
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.
I know this sounds extremely negative, and yet I'm giving it 3 stars rather than 1. But the use of 3 as a letter was my main and probably only gripe. The other words that use only letters for pronunciation help, and you can still learn enough from this book.