Arabic Stories for Language Learners: Traditional Middle-Eastern Tales In Arabic and English

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Arabic Stories for Language Learners—a language learning experience for beginner to intermediate students of the Arabic language.

The traditional stories of a country are invaluable at providing insight into understanding the culture, history and language of a people. A great way to learn Arabic, the sixty-six stories found in Arabic Stories for Language Learners present the vocabulary and grammar used everyday in Arabic-speaking countries. Pulled from a wide variety of sources ...

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Overview

Arabic Stories for Language Learners—a language learning experience for beginner to intermediate students of the Arabic language.

The traditional stories of a country are invaluable at providing insight into understanding the culture, history and language of a people. A great way to learn Arabic, the sixty-six stories found in Arabic Stories for Language Learners present the vocabulary and grammar used everyday in Arabic-speaking countries. Pulled from a wide variety of sources that have been edited and simplified for learning purposes, these stories are presented in parallel Arabic and English, facilitating language learning in the classroom and via self-study. Each story is followed by a series of questions in Arabic and English to test comprehension and encourage discussion.

Arabic Stories for Language Learners brings Arab culture to life in a colorful and immediate way. Regardless of whether or not you have a working knowledge of Arabic, this book gives readers a tantalizing introduction to the wisdom and humor of these ancient desert-dwelling peoples.

The audio CD in Arabic and English helps students of Arabic improve their pronunciation and inflection, and immerses non-students into the uniquely Arabic storytelling style.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804843003
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Edition description: Paperback with disc
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 777,896
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Hezi Brosh, Ph. D. is associate professor of Arabic at the United States Naval Academy.

Lutfi Mansur, Ph.D. is a professor at the Academic Arab Institute, Beit Berl College, Israel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Peek into culture and

    At the time I received this book, I had been self-studying Arabic for about 6 to 8 months. I found the first few stories to be challenging (around my reading level), but not so hard that I needed a dictionary for every sentence. Vowel markings aren't especially common (maybe 1 in 20 are fully vowelled) except to show you complicated/long/uncommon words, but you have an MP3 CD that has the stories on them, narrated by native speakers, which is good listening practice and can fill in the ambiguities if you can't with a dictionary.

    The stories themselves are like mini-windows into Arab folk-history and a sort of underlying shared value system. You never get to see the whole picture at any time, but you get little peeks and inferences as you read - it's a very interesting way to learn about the cultural values. The stories are filled with witty characters, wise men, and stories about morality. I would definitely read these to my children (in Arabic, of course :) ).

    Is this book right for you? If you aren't comfortable conjugating verbs and aren't really up on grammatical cases, you will find this probably too hard. If you can make basic sentences in the past and present tense with case endings, you should be OK. If you don't read/speak Arabic at all and just want to read Arab stories, you probably should look elsewhere.

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