Mastering Arabic

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This imaginative, comprehensive course in modern, standard Arabic focuses on teaching both the script and the spoken language. Designed for both individual and classroom use and assuming no previous knowledge of the language, it aims to provide the student with a general understanding of the language's overall structure as well as the means for basic communication. The unique combination of step-by-step grammar and practical exercises emphasizes a functional approach to mastering a new script and acquiring ...
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Overview

This imaginative, comprehensive course in modern, standard Arabic focuses on teaching both the script and the spoken language. Designed for both individual and classroom use and assuming no previous knowledge of the language, it aims to provide the student with a general understanding of the language's overall structure as well as the means for basic communication. The unique combination of step-by-step grammar and practical exercises emphasizes a functional approach to mastering a new script and acquiring vocabulary. Everyday situations and local customs are explored through dialogues, newspaper extracts, drawings and photos. An exercise key and an English-Arabic glossary are also included. Accompanying CDs are enclosed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230013124
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Sales rank: 1,348,997

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
Preface xii
Introduction: How to use this book xiii
I Teaching Units
Chapter 1 Getting started 1
1.1 Letters of the alphabet: group 1 1
1.2 Vowels 4
1.3 Joining letters: group 1 5
1.4 Shadda 7
Chapter 2 Putting words together 10
2.1 Letters of the alphabet: group 2 10
2.2 Joining letters: group 2 12
2.3 Long vowels 14
2.4 Putting words together 17
2.5 Simple sentences 19
2.6 Male and female 20
Chapter 3 The family 22
3.1 Letters of the alphabet: group 3 22
3.2 Joining letters: jim, ha', kha' and mim 24
3.3 Joining ha' 27
3.4 What's this? 29
3.5 The family 30
Chapter 4 Jobs 35
4.1 Letters of the alphabet: group 4 35
4.2 Joining letters: group 4 37
4.3 Jobs 40
4.4 Making words plural 42
4.5 Structure notes 45
Chapter 5 Describing things 48
5.1 Letters of the alphabet: group 5 48
5.2 Joining letters: group 5 50
5.3 Signs and crosswords 52
5.4 Describing things 54
5.5 Whose is it? 57
5.6 Structure notes 60
Chapter 6 Where is it? 63
6.1 Letters of the alphabet: group 6 63
6.2 Joining letters: group 6 67
6.3 Asking questions 72
6.4 Where? 74
6.5 Structure notes 78
Chapter 7 Describing places 80
7.1 Describing places 80
7.2 Group words 83
7.3 More about plurals 84
7.4 More about adjectives 85
Chapter 8 Revision 90
Chapter 9 Countries and people 101
9.1 The Middle East 101
9.2 Geographical position 103
9.3 Other countries of the world 105
9.4 Nationalities 106
Chapter 10 Counting things 114
10.1 Arabic numbers 1-10 114
10.2 Handwritten numbers 116
10.3 English words in Arabic 117
10.4 Counting things 118
10.5 How much? 120
10.6 How many? 122
10.7 Structure notes 126
Chapter 11 Shapes and colours 130
11.1 Arabic roots 130
11.2 Plural patterns 1 and 2 132
11.3 What are these? 136
11.4 Shapes 138
11.5 Colours 140
11.6 Structure notes 143
Chapter 12 What happened yesterday? 147
12.1 What happened yesterday? 147
12.2 Asking questions about the past 150
12.3 Joining sentences together 156
12.4 Summary of verbs in the past 157
12.5 Using a dictionary 161
12.6 Structure notes 163
Chapter 13 Wish you were here 167
13.1 Plural patterns 3 and 4 167
13.2 Numbers 11-100 170
13.3 What's the weather like? 172
13.4 Message from London 176
13.5 Structure notes 178
Chapter 14 All the president's men 181
14.1 Days of the week 181
14.2 Arabic words in English 183
14.3 Plural pattern 5 183
14.4 What did the president do last week? 186
14.5 The cabinet 188
14.6 Word order 191
14.7 Structure notes 193
Chapter 15 Revision 198
Chapter 16 Every day 208
16.1 What's the time? 208
16.2 Every day 213
16.3 At school 219
16.4 Structure notes 222
Chapter 17 Eating and drinking 224
17.1 At the grocer's 224
17.2 In the restaurant 228
17.3 Waiter! 231
17.4 In the kitchen 233
17.5 Structure notes 239
Chapter 18 Comparing things 243
18.1 The biggest in the world 243
18.2 Comparing past and present 249
18.3 Structure notes 258
Chapter 19 Future plans 261
19.1 Months of the year 261
19.2 In the future 262
19.3 An adventure 266
19.4 Structure notes 270
Chapter 20 Revision and hints on further study 273
20.1 Revision 273
20.2 Hints on further study 278
II Reference Material
Appendix (i) The Arabic script 281
Appendix (ii) The Arabic verb 282
Appendix (iii) Months of the year 284
Appendix (iv) Plural patterns 285
Answers to exercises 287
English-Arabic glossary 345
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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Great for the Beginner

    I didn't know any arabic before purchasing this book. I found easy to understand and very helpful. The alphabet is introduced in an order to facilitate the learning of vocabulary (much better than introducing the letters alphabetically!). There is a vocabulary list at the end of each chapter and conversational practice for most of them. It also includes periodic reviews of information, study tips and more in-depth grammar notes if you desire.

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