The Arabic Alphabet How to Read and Write It: How to Read and Write It

The Arabic Alphabet How to Read and Write It: How to Read and Write It

by N. Awde, Putros Samano


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Ever larger numbers of people are starting to learn Arabic, while even more have some contact with the Arab world. Anyone who wishes to learn the language faces a hitherto formidable initial problem: the alphabet. This book proceeds step by step through all the letters of the Arabic alphabet, showing the sounds they stand for and how they are combined into words. Nothing essential is left out, but no unnecessary complications are added. Readers will find that progress is rapid and will be surprised at the relative ease with which they master the first steps in learning this increasingly important world language.

The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read and Write It belongs on the desk of every student of the language, in the luggage of every visitor to the Middle East, in the briefcase of all business people with Arab clients, and in the back pocket of all employees of British or American companies working for a time in an Arab country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780818404306
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Pages: 95
Sales rank: 340,078
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Awde was born in London in 1961 and spent much of his childhood in Africa. He studied Arabic at London University.

Table of Contents

A Word to the Reader9
1.Introduction to Arabic13
2.The Alphabet and Writing System21
3.The Letters37
4.Reference Material83
A Verse From the Koran88
A Note on Handwriting91
The Alphabet93
Map of the Arab World95

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The Arabic Alphabet How to Read and Write It: How to Read and Write It 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I practically learned how to read simple arabic in three days with this book. Granted, I wasn't quite ready to read any complicated Arabic texts, but I got a good handle on what I could expect as I moved forward toward completely learning the language. This book assumes you know little or no arabic and starts you off on the right foot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Within three days I was able to read and recognize basic Arabic words and have gained a good grasp of the basics of the Arabic vocabulary. I highly recomend getting either a tape of computer program with this book so that you can hear the correct pronunciation of the letters and words you are learning about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found that this book helped a great deal in my learning Arabic. It was easy to read and even easier to write the leters/words. I would highly recommed this book for anyone wanting to learn Arabic
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to learn Arabic, start with this one and you will be blessed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best way to go about learning the language. By first building a foundation of the alphabet, you will soon be able to sound out written words. The next logical step after that is to tie the words with vocabulary. Most other language books/courses I have taken jump right into conversational Arabic which can sometimes be too much too soon for most beginners. By starting with the essentials, you feel more confident and enthusiastic about learning more! You will not be dissapointed with this selection!
eumaeus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Indispensable for anyone beginnig the study of Arabic.
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metalheadgeek More than 1 year ago
While I picked this book up originally out of curiosity and scholarly interest, I have yet to completely put it down. Each time I pick up the book I understand a bit more. As an English speaker I do find the Arabic language very difficult, especially with no training in the subject. The good thing is that this book is for any beginner. The authors take a logical approach to the order of learning the letters, and do well to explain the more intricate parts of the use of the alphabet. Anyone interested in learning enough to be able to read or sound out the Arabic language will find this book an invaluable learning tool. However, don't expect the sounds to roll off the page, with some of the more difficult sounds of the language you may find you need a bit more audio to get it right. Overall, I highly recommend this book for all interested persons.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Iam an american Muslim. i converted (reverted) to islam so unlike other Muslims who were born into an Arab or islamic environment i was not handed the ability to read and write arabic like born muslims. Every muslim regardless of nationality or ethnic backround should be able to read and write arabic to read God's book Al-Qur'an because the Beauty and purety of Qur'an and Arabic is what units every muslim around the world. i recomend this book to any one trying to learn arabic script which is the most ellegant there is. i was able to read and write arabic within about 2 weeks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have learned French, Russian, and a bit of conversational German. Now, faced with the task of learning Arabic, of course the first obstacle is the alphabet. I picked this book up a week ago and can now confidently read and write Arabic words and phrases. This book holds your hand through the learning process giving solid explanations without overcomplicating the subject. This is one of the most practical language texts I have seen, and I have seen many. Keep in mind. This book has one aim. It will teach you how to read and write the Arabic alphabet. Secondarily, you will pick up a few grammar points and probably a half-dozen words. However, this book will not teach the complete language nor present a useful vocabulary. By focusing on the alphabet without trying to concurrently teach additional points, this text is quite efficient. There are a few minor errata, and occasionally a letter is used before it has been formally presented. These do not present a problem, but might cause the reader to scratch his/her head for a few seconds. Other than that, I would call this a near-perfect work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THis is a real good book to have if your just starting to learn arabic, ESPECIALLY THE all i need is to expand my vocab and im all set (thats where other books come in)
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great way to get to know the Arabic alphabet!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This step-by-step introduction explains details about the Arabic alphabet and pronunciation that other 'Teach Yourself' introductory texts leave out. Highly recommended as a reference for the beginner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would have been lost without this book, which I bought and studied before I took an intensive (beginning) Arabic language course. It is very well laid out, concise yet full of information, and I still use it as a reference guide.