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Arabic For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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Regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn for native English speakers by the U.S. State Department, Arabic is gaining both prominence and importance in America. Recent world events have brought more and more Americans and other English speakers into contact with Arabic-speaking populations, and governments and businesses are increasingly aware of the importance of basic Arabic language skills. Arabic for Dummies provides you with a painless and fun way to start ...
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Arabic For Dummies

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Overview

Regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn for native English speakers by the U.S. State Department, Arabic is gaining both prominence and importance in America. Recent world events have brought more and more Americans and other English speakers into contact with Arabic-speaking populations, and governments and businesses are increasingly aware of the importance of basic Arabic language skills. Arabic for Dummies provides you with a painless and fun way to start communicating in Arabic.

Why should you learn Arabic? Well, besides the fact that over 200 million people in more than 22 nations use it to communicate, there are tons of reasons to get up to speed this 1,400 year old language, including:

  • Nearly all of the Middle-East speaks Arabic or one of its dialects
  • Basic Arabic skills are extremely useful for anyone traveling to, doing business in, or serving in the Middle East
  • It is the language in which the Koran is written
  • There is a rich, centuries-old literary tradition in Arabic

Arabic For Dummies presents the language in the classic, laid-back For Dummies style. Taking a relaxed approach to this difficult language, it’s packed with practice dialogues and communication tips that will have you talking the talk in no time. You’ll get the scoop on:

  • The Arabic alphabet, pronunciation, basic grammar, and the rules of transliteration
  • The history of the language and information on classical Arabic and its dialects
  • How to make small talk and make yourself understood when dining, shopping, or traveling around town
  • How to communicate on the phone and in business conversations
  • Handy words and phrases for dealing with money, directions, hotels, transportation, and emergencies
  • Arabic culture and etiquette, including ten things you should never do in Arabic countries

The book also includes an Arabic-English dictionary, verb tables, and an audio CD with dialogues from the book to help you perfect your pronunciation. Written by a native Arabic speaker who helped start a year-round Arabic department at Middlebury College, Arabic For Dummies is just what you need to start making yourself understood in Arabic.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118052785
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/23/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 323,025
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author

Amine Bouchentouf is a native English, Arabic, and French speaker born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco. Amine has been teaching Arabic and lecturing about relations between America and the Arab world in his spare time for over 4 years and has offered classes and seminars for students at Middlebury College, the Council on Foreign Relations, and various schools across the United States. He runs and maintains the Web site www.al-baab.com (which means “gateway” in Arabic).
Amine graduated from Middlebury College and has always been interested in promoting better relations between the West and the Middle East through dialogue and mutual understanding. Amine published his first book, Arabic: A Complete Course (Random House), soon after graduating college in order to help Americans understand Arabic language and culture. He has written Arabic For Dummies in an attempt to reach an even wider audience with the aim of fostering better relations through education.
He holds a degree in Economics from Middlebury and has extensive experience in the arena of international investing. He is a registered investment advisor and is a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers. Amine is currently working on his third book, Investing in Commodities For Dummies (Wiley Publishing).
Amine is an avid traveler and has visited over 15 countries across the Middle East, Europe, and North and South America. Aside from his interest in languages, business, and travel, Amine enjoys biking, rollerblading, playing guitar, chess, and golf. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: You Already Know a Little Arabic.

Chapter 2: The Nitty-Gritty: Basic Arabic Grammar.

Chapter 3: ‘as-salaamu ‘alaykum!: Greetings and Introductions.

Part II: Arabic in Action.

Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk.

Chapter 5: This Is Delicious! Eating In and Dining Out.

Chapter 6: Going Shopping.

Chapter 7: Around Town.

Chapter 8: Enjoying Yourself: Recreation.

Chapter 9: Talking on the Phone.

Chapter 10: At the Office and Around the House.

Part III: Arabic on the Go.

Chapter 11: Money, Money, Money.

Chapter 12: Asking for Directions.

Chapter 13: Staying at a Hotel.

Chapter 14: Getting from Here to There: Transportation.

Chapter 15: Planning a Trip.

Chapter 16: Handling an Emergency.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Pick Up Arabic Quickly.

Chapter 18: Ten Things You Should Never Do in an Arab Country.

Chapter 19: Ten Favorite Arabic Expressions.

Chapter 20: Ten Great Arabic Proverbs.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Verb Tables.

Appendix B: Arabic-English Mini-Dictionary.

Appendix C: Answer Key.

Appendix D: About the CD.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    This is well below the quality of other "For Dummies"

    This is well below the quality of other "For Dummies" books. For starters, the book keeps the Arabic portions almost entirely transliterated in the English alphabet and does not reinforce skills for reading Arabic text. The Arabic alphabet is glossed over and is not mentioned other than to show you the letters in the beginning of the book and then forgets about it. This also reads more like a textbook than many of the other "For Dummies" books that I have purchased in the past.

    All that being said, I feel that this definitely helped accelerate my knowledge of Arabic and got me started on the right path to becoming more than a beginner.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Marhaba

    Marhaba! Esmee rania. Omree ethna ashar. Tachrafna

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Really Great!!

    This book is really great to learn the arabic language. Even though it is not using the arabic script, it is great to use. I have the book itself and not the e-reader but it is really great! I recommend anyone to get this book if you are a beginner in arabic. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Highly Recommended - great study guide

    I purchased this for a basic understanding of the language and "Read & Speak Arabic for Beginners" for the script and vocabulary practice. I'm currently a week into my personal studies, and I am already writing like a native and have a firm grasp on the language's structure. The "for Dummies" authors' approaches are always modern and accessible, and this book is no exception--if you hope to learn Arabic on your own, this book is certainly a must-buy. Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    To Really great

    Thanks for pointing it put to me! Im a beginner and my dad is taking me to the UAE Next wole week dont worry i bout the book and when theres a language book i can read in in two days real thanks! &star

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Tori

    Go to next reesult

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    good

    it's very complicated at first but you get the hang of it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

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    This is a really good book and it is really helping me learn how to speak arabic.This is without a doubt the best book you will find to learn how to speak arabic.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2011

    BAD!

    This is terrable!!!!!!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    ??

    I didnt buy the full version yet but will this really help me?!

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