Iraqi Phrasebook: The Complete Language Guide for Contemporary Iraq / Edition 1

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The only language guide of its kind, the Iraqi Phrasebook provides you with the Iraqi-Arabic phrases you'll need to communicate effectively in general travel, medical, and security situations, as well as with ordinary Iraqis on the street. The book:

  • Separates content by topic
  • Focuses on conversational language
  • Presents Arabic phrases in easy-to-read transliteration
  • Features phrases addressing needs of military, aid, business, and construction personnel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071435116
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/10/2004
  • Series: Teach Yourself Language Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Yasin M. Alkalesi, Ph.D., has taught colloquial Arabic for 30 years at universities such as UCLA and Yale and at corporations.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
Abbreviations xix
Chapter 1 Introduction to Iraqi Arabic 1
Iraqi Alphabet and Translation 1
Consonants 1
Vowels 4
Diphthongs 4
Word Stress 5
Grammar 5
Nouns 5
Adjectives 6
The Article "The" 7
Pronouns 8
Verbs 10
Negatives 13
Forming Questions 14
Prepositions 15
Conjunctions 16
There Is/Are 16
This/That 16
Composing Basic Sentences 17
Chapter 2 Getting Started 19
Socializing 19
Basic Vocabulary and Expressions 20
Greetings and Everyday Expressions 20
Timely Greetings 21
Small Talk 21
Meeting People/Introductions 22
Saying Good-Bye 24
Speaking Arabic 25
Visiting a Family 26
Numbers 27
Basic Words and Phrases 27
Cardinal Numbers 28
Counting 30
Ordinal Numbers 31
Time 31
Basic Words and Phrases 31
Telling Time 32
Parts of the Day 33
Days of the Week 33
Months of the Year 34
The Four Seasons 34
Past, Present, and Future Expressions 35
Holidays and Festivals 36
Religious Holidays 36
National Holidays 37
Weather 37
Basic Words and Phrases 38
Colors 39
Weights and Measures 40
Common Signs 41
Chapter 3 General Phrases 43
Traveling to Iraq 43
At the Airport 43
On Arrival 44
On Departure 45
Getting a Porter 46
Accommodations 46
Basic Words and Phrases 46
Finding a Hotel 47
At the Hotel: Checking In 48
Checking Out 49
Requests, Queries, and Problems 49
Getting Around 51
Basic Words and Phrases 51
Asking for Directions and Places 52
Traveling 53
Basic Words and Phrases 53
Buying Travel Tickets 54
Banking and Money Matters 55
Basic Words and Phrases 55
At the Bank 57
Postage and Communication 57
Basic Words and Phrases 57
At the Post Office 58
Calling, Faxing, and Copying 59
Automotive 60
Basic Words and Phrases 61
Renting a Car 62
On the Road 63
At the Gas Station 63
Problems and Repair 64
Accidents 65
Parking 66
Food and Drink 66
Basic Words and Phrases 66
Looking for Restaurants 68
Restaurant Reservations 68
At the Restaurant 69
At the Casino/Cafe 69
At the Food Market 71
Cooking Methods 73
Meat and Fish 73
Vegetables 73
Fruits 74
Dairy Products and Drinks 75
Spices, Legumes, and Grains 76
Kitchen Utensils 77
Typical Iraqi Dishes 78
Shopping 79
Basic Words and Phrases 79
Bargaining 79
Going Shopping 80
Books, Newspapers, and Magazines 81
Jewelry, Gifts, and Souvenirs 82
Handicrafts and Household Items 83
Photographic Supplies 86
Music and Video 87
Electrical Appliances 89
Personal Care and Services 89
Laundry and Dry Cleaning 89
Watch Shop 91
Shoemaker 92
Barber/Hairdresser 93
Sightseeing 95
At the Tourist Information Office 95
Visiting Museums 96
Trip to Babylon 97
Visiting Mosques 99
At the Tourist Village of Habbaniya Lake 100
Entertainment 102
Basic Words and Phrases 102
At the Ticket Window 103
At the Cinema 103
At the Theater/Concert 104
At the Nightclub 104
At the Social/Sports Club 105
Chapter 4 Specialized Phrases 107
Idioms and Common Phrases 107
Countries and Nationalities 109
Basic Words and Phrases 109
Arab and Islamic Countries 109
Asian, Australian, and European Countries 110
American and African Countries 111
Archaeology and Museums 113
Basic Words and Phrases 113
Museums in Baghdad 114
On an Archaeological Site 115
Medical Care 117
Basic Words and Phrases 117
Names of Body Parts 119
With the Doctor 120
Women's Health 121
Doctor's Instructions 122
Patient Follow-Up 122
In the Hospital 123
At the Dentist 124
At the Pharmacy 125
At the Optometrist 126
Media 127
Basic Words and Phrases 127
Lost or Stolen 128
Basic Words and Phrases 128
At the Police Station 129
Theft 130
Lost 131
Security and Visa 131
Basic Words and Phrases 131
Getting a Visa 132
At a Checkpoint 133
Demonstration 134
Searching a House 136
Public Services 139
Basic Words and Phrases 139
Water Purification Plant 141
Electric Generator 142
Trash Service Office 143
Chapter 5 English-Iraqi Arabic Dictionary 145
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