- Paperback: 712 pages
- Publisher: Lund Humphries; Revised edition (May 15, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 085331585X
- ISBN-13: 978-0853315858
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.5 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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also, the exercises are of dubious usefulness, since they mostly consist of translating stilted sentences such as "The foreign traveller mounted a swift camel and escaped. For two months he drank camel's milk, and found it very bitter, because he was used to cow's milk." [unfortunately all too typical in traditionally-minded language textbooks: compare Moreland and Fleischer's Latin book, with gems such as "After the torches had been carried into the city gates, the king was able to show the lofty walls to the guests from the province who had come to learn the art of fortifying towns"!!]
As other users have remarked however, the book is not without flaws. The conjugation charts are wretched. Everytime I look at them, I get confused and forget how to conjugate verbs. The print quality, as others have said, is not the greatest. The vocabulary at the end of each chapter is bizarrely not in alphabetical order (English or Arabic) and the order seems quite random so looking up words is a pain (there is a decent root-based dictionary in the back however.) And indeed the sentences in the exercises are quite stilted. Check out this gem:
"We have described all these events to you so that you may know that piety is preferable to despair, and we have put our ideas in our many letters to you during a period of two years."
Come again?? (And this was BEFORE translation.) Still, they are designed to illustrate and reinforce grammatical concepts and they do that quite well. Interestingly my teacher, who is a native speaker, hates the book because of the stilted wording and bad examples-e.g. to illustrate the 10 verb forms, they use some verbal variants that don't actually exist.
Finally, it really bugs me that they use the Egyptian style of printing the final "ya" which means they don't put the dots underneath. Thus, it looks identical to the character alif maqsura. There is a whole chapter about defective verbs (those that end with wow, ya or alif) and the authors actually say "Look how the ya changes to alif maqsura in some of these examples." Well, actually I can't tell guys because you didn't dot your letters. Absolutely unacceptable that a grammar book designed for non-natives would make this omission.
Despite this book's flaws, this is an excellent guide to Arabic grammar especially considering other options and for the Amazon price you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal. If you are studying on your own, there is also a teacher's manual available.