- Audio CD: 535 pages
- Publisher: Living Language; Com/Pap edition (February 21, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400020824
- ISBN-13: 978-1400020829
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 2.4 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate Com/Pap Edition
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Since Arabic has so many dialects, I did like the fact that the authors had separated the lessons into Egyptian, Iraqi, Saudi, Lebanese dialects so that you can learn what was most pertinent to the dialect you were most likely to use. That was a GREAT idea.
The lessons themselves were ok, but nothing spectacular. Perhaps I was biased because I'd used other products earlier, but these seemed to be a bit harder to follow.
Since I had checked these out from the library, I had to return them. I was interested in continuing my study, so I was able to find the CDs sold by a separate vendor and purchased this book to use. I'll continue my study and will update my review later.
Arabic is not one, but many: There are many dialects, but the ones I am interested in are covered on Ultimate Arabic. You have the Eastern dialect (as spoken in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine), you have Egyptian Arabic, Iraqui Arabic, Gulf Arabic, etc... apart from the dialects there is MSA (Modern Standard Arabic). The latter is only used in literature and on newscasts, and on official speeches. It has a resemblance to Saudi and Gulf Arabic, but many words change. So much that the differences can be compared to those between Spanish and Italian, and or Portuguese. Same origin, but the languages have evolved according to geography.
With this course, you will get a deep understanding of MSA and you will be introduced to four major dialects. You will learn how to read and write the Arabic script's 32 symbols and you will get ample practice from the beginning. There is no transliteration, so you will be reading and writing Arabic in no time and believe you me, this is one thorough course of Arabic!!! I have checked everything there is out there and this is in the top 3.
My sincere appreciation goes to the team that developed this product.
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