As the national language of nearly 20 countries in Africa and Asia, and spoken by approximately 190 million people, Arabic is the lingua franca of the Middle East. This title uses a standard Arabic helpful to those travelling all over the region. The emphasis is on commonly heard terms and phrases that are recognizable throughout the Arabic speaking world. Both the dictionary and phrasebook incorporate the Arabic script and its romanized transliteration. The two-way dictionary contains important travel, geographical, and cultural terminology, while the phrasebook focuses on the needs of travelers and covers almost every situation from arrival to departure.
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I first bought this dictionary in college while I was studying Arabic. After graduation I started working one-on-one with native Arabic speakers. I found the easy pronunciation guide and phrase book very useful. Two of the women I work with liked it so much they requested I pick them up copies. They use them for the Arabic to English part to help them in their everyday life here in the USA. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a portable and effective Arabic/English dictionary for travel, work or school. The only issue is it does not have a lot of words for a scholar or intense Arabic conversations.
When I first opened the book up I was very impressed with the way they had it organized. Periodic table at the beginning of course, but then it went on to first describe how the Arabic's spoke , you know, the ground rules and then they went on to tell us about each letter and how it was pronounced. This is my first language book that I have bought but I can safely say that it is worth the time and effort if you , for some reason, have to learn the language. The only thing I recommend would be that you have some pre-conceived knowledge of how the letters sound because other wise you are going to be making up some interesting words.