Arabic For Dummies

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The fast and easy way to learn to speak Modern Standard Arabic

Regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn for native English speakers, Arabic is gaining global prominence and importance. Recent world events have brought more and more English speakers into contact with Arabic-speaking populations, and governments and businesses are increasingly aware of the importance of basic Arabic language skills.

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Overview

The fast and easy way to learn to speak Modern Standard Arabic

Regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn for native English speakers, Arabic is gaining global prominence and importance. Recent world events have brought more and more 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 presents the language in the classic For Dummies style. Taking a straightforward and practical approach to this complex language, it's packed with practice dialogues and communication tips that will have you talking the talk in no time.

  • The Arabic alphabet, pronunciation, basic grammar, and the rules of transliteration
  • The history of the language and information on classical Arabic and its dialects—focusing on Modern Standard Arabic
  • 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
  • Recognizing Arabic symbols and characters
  • 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.

CD-ROM and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118455104
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/4/2013
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 271,144
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Amine Bouchentouf, a native Arabic speaker from Morocco, graduated from Middlebury College where he offered a seminar on the Arabic language. He has also taught Arabic at the ABC Language Exchange and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He runs the website www. AL-BAAB.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: The Arabic You Already Know 9

Chapter 2: Taking a Closer Look at the Arabic Alphabet 19

Chapter 3: Tackling Basic Arabic Grammar 31

Chapter 4: Getting Started with Basic Expressions 59

Chapter 5: Getting Your Numbers, Dates, and Measurements Straight 71

Chapter 6: At the Office and Around the House 79

Part II: Arabic in Action 95

Chapter 7: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 97

Chapter 8: Asking Directions and Finding Your Way 109

Chapter 9: This Is Delicious! Eating In and Dining Out 121

Chapter 10: Going Shopping 141

Chapter 11: Hitting the Town 161

Chapter 12: Taking Care of Business and Telecommunicating 183

Chapter 13: Enjoying Yourself: Recreation, Music, and the Outdoors 197

Part III: Arabic on the Go 209

Chapter 14: Planning a Trip 211

Chapter 15: Dealing with Money in a Foreign Land 229

Chapter 16: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 245

Chapter 17: Finding a Place to Stay 267

Chapter 18: Handling Emergencies 289

Part IV: The Part of Tens 299

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Pick Up Arabic Quickly 301

Chapter 20: Ten Favorite Arabic Expressions 305

Chapter 21: Ten Great Arabic Proverbs 311

Part V: Appendixes 315

Appendix A: Minidictionaries 317

Appendix B: Verb Tables 331

Appendix C: Answer Key 343

Appendix D: On the CD 349

Index 351

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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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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