Living Language Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate

Living Language Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate

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Living Language Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate by Living Language, Sanna Dhahir

Living Language Ultimate Arabic is the only course that teaches both Modern Standard and colloquial Arabic in an easy-to-follow, enjoyable, and effective format. This deluxe program includes everything you need to learn Arabic from scratch for any situation. You'll even learn to read and write. Ultimate Arabic is the perfect way to discover the Arabic language and culture for school, travel, work, or personal enrichment. In this book you'll find: 15 lessons teaching Modern Standard Arabic, which is used in business, education, politics, and the media, 20 lessons teaching the basics of the most important colloquial Arabic dialects-Egyptian, Iraqi, Lebanese, and Saudi-used in everyday interactions, Realistic dialogues, straightforward explanations of Arabic grammar and usage, pronunciation, vocabulary, and cultural notes, Gradual, simple introduction of Arabic script and sounds, Exercises, review sections, and readings to check your progress, An extensive two-way glossary, A handy list of 250 basic phrases in four colloquial Arabic dialects, Up-to-date computer and Internet vocabulary and more.

Although this book stands on its own as a complete course and an invaluable reference tool, you'll find that it's even more effective when used with the recorded lessons. The Living Language Ultimate Arabic compact-disc package includes this manual along with eight hours of recordings in two ingenious sets for use at home and on the go.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400020812
Publisher: Random House, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/21/2006
Series: LL Ultimate Basic-Intermed Series
Edition description: Bilingual Large Print
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Arabic Sounds6
Arabic Script9
Lesson 1(Modern Standard Arabic): Hellol13
Lesson 2(Modern Standard Arabic): Where Are You From?27
Lesson 3(Modern Standard Arabic): What Do You Do?41
First Review (Modern Standard Arabic)57
Lesson 4(Modern Standard Arabic): How Was the Wedding?62
Lesson 5(Modern Standard Arabic): An Interview77
Lesson 6(Modern Standard Arabic): Your Passport, Please94
Lesson 7(Modern Standard Arabic): At the Hotel107
Second Review (Modern Standard Arabic)122
Reading Passage I (Modern Standard Arabic)127
Lesson 8(Modern Standard Arabic): How Much Do You Buy Dollars For?131
Lesson 9(Modern Standard Arabic): How Much Is the Rent?143
Lesson 10(Modern Standard Arabic): That's Too Expensivel152
Lesson 11(Modern Standard Arabic): Enjoy Your Meall164
Third Review (Modern Standard Arabic)174
Reading Passage II (Modern Standard Arabic)177
Lesson 12(Modern Standard Arabic): At the Doctor's181
Lesson 13(Modern Standard Arabic): At Work192
Lesson 14(Modern Standard Arabic): Hello, Ahmed?201
Lesson 15(Modern Standard Arabic): News from the Arabic Press214
Fourth Review (Modern Standard Arabic)228
Reading Passage III (Modern Standard Arabic)232
Lesson 16(Egyptian Arabic): The Pyramids235
Lesson 17(Egyptian Arabic): A Cruise on the Nile246
Lesson 18(Egyptian Arabic): A Visit to the Egyptian Museum255
Lesson 19(Egyptian Arabic): Housing Shortage in Cairo267
Lesson 20(Egyptian Arabic): The Egyptian Super Bowl277
Fifth Review (Egyptian Arabic)288
Lesson 21(Iraqi Arabic): Come, Let's Celebrate!293
Lesson 22(Iraqi Arabic): To the Movies302
Lesson 23(Iraqi Arabic): What Are You Going to Buy?315
Lesson 24(Iraqi Arabic): Eid Preparations324
Lesson 25(Iraqi Arabic): A Full Week!334
Sixth Review (Iraqi Arabic)345
Lesson 26(Lebanese Arabic): What's the Problem?349
Lesson 27(Lebanese Arabic): Feiruz360
Lesson 28(Lebanese Arabic): What's Up?370
Lesson 29(Lebanese Arabic): You Really Know How to Cook!382
Lesson 30(Lebanese Arabic): Where Are You Going?394
Seventh Review (Lebanese Arabic)405
Lesson 31(Saudi Arabic): I'd Like to Introduce Myself!410
Lesson 32(Saudi Arabic): I Have Errands to Run424
Lesson 33(Saudi Arabic): I Need to Rent an Apartment435
Lesson 34(Saudi Arabic): What Is the Name of This Dish?447
Lesson 35(Saudi Arabic): Jones Goes to the Market458
Eighth Review (Saudi Arabic)468
Appendix AVerb Forms474
Appendix BActive and Passive Participles475
Appendix CFirst Conjugation of Weak Verbs476
Appendix DSecond Conjugation of Weak Verbs477
Appendix EThird Conjugation of Weak Verbs478
Appendix FFirst Conjugation of Hollow Verbs479
Appendix GConjugation of Doubled Verbs480
Appendix HDemonstrative Pronouns/Adjectives481
Appendix ISummary of Numbers482
Appendix J250 Basic Phrases in Egyptian, Iraqi, Lebanese, and Saudi Arabic484
Arabic-English Glossary504
English-Arabic Glossary518
Index of Grammar Topics532

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Living Language Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an Arabic instructor and user of _Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate_ in the classroom, I would like to clarify the confusion that some Arabic language learners might encounter. Modern Standard Arabic has a set of short vowels (a,u,i)-- and long vowels (aa, uu, ii) plus the sukuun (a short silent vowel). The proper name 'Samir' can be spelled differently in Arabic, e.g., Saamir or Samiir. The Arabic script presented at the bottom of page 26 is for 'Samiir' and the one on page 13 is for 'Saamir'. These are two different spellings of two different Arabic male names. Since the English language does not have long vowels, it is hard to render the difference in spelling unless one uses the international transliteration system. The word 'ahlan wa sahlan' on page 17 is spelled correctly. However, it does not carry certain short vowels like fatha and suukuun because these vowels are optional in handwriting and print. The word can still exist and be correct without adding short vowels to it -- yes, a notion that can be totally erroneous in other languages. In Arabic, the consonants can form a correct word, which is sometimes called the skeleton of the word. In fact, only children's books, the Qur'an, and some literature books carry the short vowels on all the words. Other than that, it is the reader's job to recognize the hidden vowels from practice and memory. I really admire students who decide to learn a foreign language on their own -- it is a sign of openess on other cultures, and a proof of courage and determination. However, I acknowledge the hardships they might encounter if they are not familiar with the structure and grammar of the language. I think _Ultimate Arabic Beginner-Intermediate_ is a wonderful tool for learning Arabic. However, taking a class or getting tutored at the same time might be of additional help. Salaam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this guide to learning the Arabic Language and have diligently studied it, only to find so many typos and/or incorrect spelling of words, that I am losing all confindence that this guide will teach me the Arabic Language correctly. For example: take a look at the spelling of the word Samir in arabic script in the Answer Key, 2h on page 26 for the exercises to Lesson 1. Now compare that with the arabic script for Samir on page 13, upper right hand corner in the Dialogue. Samir is spelled differently in the arabic script. Second example: Look at the arabic script of ahlan wa sahlan on line number 9 on page 17 of the text. All of the diacritic symbols are missing for the word sahlan. There are more examples, but I think you get the point. So you say, big deal, so there is a few typos. I say it is a big deal. Especially for the beginner who is struggling with a totally new language and a new script. The beginner needs all the help he can get and that means an error free text book. It is hard enough to learn a new language without weeding through and correcting, for yourself, a minefield of mistakes. I think this book is best summarized by Rym Bettaieb, Arabic Professor, The New School University. His quote is found on the back cover page of the text book and says: 'A serious ..... student of Arabic planning a stay in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, or Iraq will get a kick out of this manual.' Gee, I'm already getting a kick, right in the teeth, without even going to the Middle East. Please explain to me why you would let a 'A Complete Textbook and Reference Guide' out to the market with so many mistakes unless it was for pure monetary gain with little regard for the public.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think I was confused about the "topic" or the language in general. I was confused because the accompanying booklet indicates this material (CD's and booklet) are based on Modern Standard Arabic. However, some of the pronunciations are wrong. Especially wherever there are words that have the letter "jiim" (?) in a word. They keep pronouncing it like a hard "g" not like a soft "j" (as it would be in Arabic). Only the Egyptians pronounce the "jiim" as a hard "g" So I am left to wonder about this material... Are they teaching Modern Standard Arabic or are they teaching Egyptian Arabic...?! When I contacted the publisher to address this, I virtually received no reply from them. So I guess I'm inclined to not really recommend this to anyone who is sincerely interested in learning Modern Standard Arabic. And if you want to learn Egyptian Arabic (which is much more useful), there are way better resources out there than this product. If you don't really care and you just want to dabble with some Arabic, there are also less expensive ways to get more accurate information than what is offered in this package. Yeah, ok. This package is "adequate" if you got if for $20. But if you're paying the $70 or so that's on the price tag, I'd steer clear of it. I was lucky that I found it at the local library and was able to review it for free. But knowing what I know about it, I definitely wouldn't pay more than $20 for it.
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Sameri More than 1 year ago
Even as a beginner I find this hard to understand. If you have some knowledge of Arabic then this book is for you, but if you are truly starting from scratch I suggest Arabic for Dummies. It's a good way to start.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this package for the 250 Lebanese phrases. This is wonderful to listen to and easy to follow along in the book. I went to Lebanon and some of the phrases I learned in this book were obsolete. But for the most part people could understand me, and better yet, I felt I could understand them! It is a hard language, but I think this package gives you the chance to not only learn to talk and learn to read Modern Standard Arabic, but most importantly it teaches you to listen!!! The variety in speakers is helpful too. This is not my first Arabic book, but it is the only one I would recommend! I could even read signs in Lebanon!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi everyone, To those who bought this, I am looking to be able to read and write arabic (preferabbly Lebanese because that is what my family is) so would you recommend this book? I know there were a few errors, but would this teach me well? Please reply :) Thanks, Andrew