Elementary Modern Standard Arabic: Volume 1, Pronunciation and Writing; Lessons 1-30 / Edition 1by Peter F. Abboud, Peter (Ed.) Abboud, P. F. Abboud
Pub. Date: 04/28/1983
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Course (EMSA), published in 1983, is the premier introduction, for the English-speaking student, to the active written language of the Arab world. Expressly designed for the beginning student, the course is written by a team of Arabic language teachers consisting of native and non-native Arabic speakers, linguists and people
The Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Course (EMSA), published in 1983, is the premier introduction, for the English-speaking student, to the active written language of the Arab world. Expressly designed for the beginning student, the course is written by a team of Arabic language teachers consisting of native and non-native Arabic speakers, linguists and people whose primary interests are literature and allied areas. It implements an audio-lingual approach to language teaching while presenting the elements of Modern Standard Arabic as written and spoken in the contemporary Arab World. Volume 1 is complete in itself and presents a practical introduction to the writing system of Arabic and to its pronunciation, with reading and writing pronunciation drills. Thirty lessons provide a basic working knowledge of Arabic. Each lesson contains a text, a vocabulary, grammar and drills including oral and written comprehension passages. An Arabic-English glossary completes the volume. The course continues in Volume 2, which extends the knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and expression. Fifteen further lessons are followed by appendices which give reference information.
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Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; Part I. Arabic Pronunciation and Writing; Part II. Arabic Grammar and Vocabulary; Arabic-English glossary; Subject index.
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First, the quality of the print is terrible,like it was written on a very old typewriter. The Arabic print is miniscule and very hard to read. The book moves too fast, emphasicing writing and grammar, rather than language skills. You will learn words that are used on newscasts, like 'national', 'President', 'government', but not much of everyday conversation. Originally written in 1968,this book should be retired.
I'm using this book in my college standard arabic I and II classes this year. It's a decent textbook, but frankly, I wish were using another. Some of the explanations regarding grammatical concepts are hard to understand, and the vocabulary doesn't seem to be all together practical; We're up to lesson eleven, and we know how to say "the director's secratary is in the library office" but not how to order in a resteraunt or understand directions. Also, I think there should be more exercises for certain concepts. Though, I do like how the section on learning the letters is extensive and has handwriting exercizes included. Also, there is a "basic text" and its translation in the beginning of every chapter, which is helpful in seeing how certain terms are used. Overall, it's an okay textbook, but if i could, I'd choose another.
I used this book to teack myself arabic and it worked very well, It explains things well and each lesson builds on to what you learned in the one before.