Standard Arabic: An Elementary-Intermediate Course / Edition 1

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This book presents a comprehensive foundation course for beginning students of written and spoken Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), providing an essential grounding for successful communication with speakers of the many colloquial varieties. This long-established and successful text has been completely revised with the needs of English-speaking learners especially in mind, and will prove invaluable to students and teachers alike.

  • Step-by-step guide to understanding written and spoken texts
  • Develops conversational ability as well as reading and writing skills
  • Arabic-English Glossary containing 2600 entries
  • Fresh texts and dialogues containing up-to-date data on the Middle East and North Africa
  • Includes Arab folklore, customs, proverbs, and short essays on contemporary topics
  • Grammatical terms also given in Arabic enabling students to attend language courses in Arab countries
  • Provides a wide variety of exercises and drills to reinforce grammar points, vocabulary learning and communicative strategies
  • Includes a key to the exercises
  • Accompanying cassettes also available.
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"This text is the most comprehensive and thoroughly designed work of its kind. Students of Arabic may benefit much by the time they absorb its contents, and their knowledge of Arabic will increase immensely since the authors really want students to learn how to communicate in the language." Northeast Conference Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521774659
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Lesson 1. The alphabet (pronunciation and writing); Lesson 2. Article; Gender; The equational sentence; Agreement in gender; Lesson 3. Number; The personal pronoun; The noun and the adjective; The adjective; Lesson 4. Radical, root, pattern; The broken plural; Declension and nunation; Stress; Prepositions; Lesson 5. The perfect tense; The verbal sentence; The objective clause; The Nisba-ending; Lesson 6. The genitive construction; Affixed pronouns; Definiteness (summary); The adverb; Lesson 7. The imperfect tense; Demonstrative pronouns; Diptotes; Lesson 8. Subjunctive and jussive; The imperative; Negation; Lesson 9. The dual; The numerals 1 and 2; 'How much/many'; The names of the months; Lesson 10. Cardinal numerals; The year; Lesson 11. The perfect tense of verbs; Word order and the subject of the sentence; Lesson 12. The imperfect tense of verbs; Subjunctive and jussive of verbs; The imperative of verbs; The verbs; Lesson 13. Temporal auxiliary verbs; Lesson 14. Forms II, III and IV of the verb; The attributive relative clause; Lesson 15. Forms II, III and IV of verbs continued; The nominal relative clause; Lesson 16. Ordinal numbers; Dates; The time; Numeral adverbs; Fractional numbers; Numeral adverbs of reiteration; Decimal numbers; Lesson 17. Forms V and VI of the verb; Word order; Genitive constructions; Lesson 18. Forms VII, VIII and X of the verb; Lesson 19. The passive voice; About the construction of doubly transitive verbs; Some characteristic features of the derived forms; Lesson 20. The collective; Names of nationalities; The feminine Nisba; Lesson 21. The participle; Patterns of the participle; The usage of the participles; Shortened relative clauses; The participle as predicate; The False Idafa; Participles and adjectives as 1st or 2nd term of the Idafa; Impersonal expressions; Lesson 22. The infinitive; The use; The infinitive instead of a subordinate clause; Functional verbs; Functional verbs instead of passive constructions; Adverb and adverbial constructions; The usage; The cognate accusative; Lesson 23. Subordinate clauses: a survey; Temporal clauses; Lesson 24. Verbs R2=R3; Verbs with Hamza; The spelling of Hamza; Clauses of reason; Lesson 25. The pattern; The elative as positive; The elative as comparative; The elative as superlative; Common elatives; Specification; Lesson 26. Conditional sentences; The real conditional sentence; The unreal conditional sentence; The concessive clause; Lesson 27. Exceptives; Other exceptive particles; Diminutives; Lesson 28. The Hal-accusative; The Hal-clause; Survey of use of the accusative; Exclamations in the accusative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2002

    Not for use without a skilled professor

    This was a comprehensive guide on Standard Arabic however, it got complicated after Lesson 1. Lesson 1 was great. It taught basics for reading arabic and some key and basic words with pronunciation for them. After Lesson 1, all other lessons drop the pronunciation for words and only shows them in the arabic alphabet. I think the book was made to be taken with a skilled arabic professor. Nobody can solo this book without being able to read and pronounce arabic with extreme proficency. I learned quite a bit within the first 10 pages of Lesson 1 but can't move on from there no matter what. Email me if you know of a good complete course to standard arabic that one can solo with no outside help. Hope this helped.

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