FIRST 1000 WORDS IN ARABIC

EGYPTIAN ARABIC FOR CHILDREN
Language Learning Resources
for Schools and Families

Fun Books, Audio, Visual & Interactive Language Learning Resources



RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN LEARNING ARABIC: ARABIC FLASH CARDS - ARABIC ALPHABET BOOKS - ARABIC ALPHABET TOYS - ARABIC PICTURE WORD BOOKS - ARABIC PICTURE DICTIONARIES - FIRST ARABIC READERS - POSTERS

Types of language learning resources:

Most of the language learning resources suggested here are books or computer language learning programs. Many of the books come with audio, on CD or audio tape - or books may provide links to audio downloads available online. There are also some language-learning games - and ideas for making your own.

WHY EGYPTIAN ARABIC IS A USEFUL VERSION OF ARABIC TO LEARN

Although modern Arabic is spoken differently in each country (it may be as different as Spanish and Italian) Egyptian Arabic is understood by most Arabs — Egyptian TV series and films are ubiquitous.

Modern Standard Arabic is less widely understood. Classical Arabic is the accepted literary language throughout the Arab world and, being a prestigous language, is also used for speech-making and other formal occasions. It has varied little over the centuries. It's standard form is gramatically more complex than spoken Arabic.

ARABIC FLASH CARDS

NEW - 2008

Speak In A Week! Flash! Arabic: 1001 Flash Cards SPEAK IN A WEEK! FLASH! ARABIC: 1001 FLASH CARDS (2008) (BIG cards!)

Speak in a Week series by Inc Penton Overseas

Essential Vocabulary for Effective Communication

TUTTLE ARABIC IN A FLASH (TUTTLE FLASH CARDS) by Fethi Mansouri Arabic In A Flash: v. 1 Arabic In A Flash: v.2

These flash cards help you learn Arabic characters. Volume 1 emphasises verbs for basic communication and vocabulary-building. Each card features a word in Arabic script with 4 related words on the front. On the reverse are all 5 words, plus a simple Arabic sentence in Arabic, English and Romanised Arabic showing the use of each word. However, verb conjugation is not introduced. 448 main words on cards (with a 32 page index booklet) and 1792 related words and phases are introduced.

Volume 2 develops vocabulary (well over 2000 extra words) and introduces everyday activities, travel and leisure and economic and employment issues. The layout is similar, but the reverse is without the 4 related words in Arabic script.

ARABIAN SINBAD FLASHCARDS: ARABIC LANGUAGE LEARNING (School & Library Binding)


BUILD YOUR ARABIC VOCABULARY - BOOK, CD & FLASHCARDS (GW Publishing, 2007)

by Haroon Shirwani

Written by leading teacher of Arabic, this a combination of book, flashcards and audio CD helps learners of Arabic to expand their active vocabulary and move to the next level. The material is also an invaluable tool for exam preparation.

ARABIC FLASH CARDS
LANGUAGE FLASH CARDS
"SPEAK IN A WEEK"
ARABIC"SPEAK IN A WEEK" RESOURCES

LEARNING THE ARABIC ALPHABET - RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN

MY FIRST ARABIC ALPHABET BOOK by Siddiqa Juma

ARABIC ALPHABET COLORING BOOK by M. A. Qazi

THE ARABIC ALPHABET by Nicholas Awde (Saqi Books, 2006)
Steps 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.

For learning the arabic alphabet, see the wooden blocks in the 'toy' section above.

ARABIC FIRST WORDS

Books and resources to help children & adults learn Arabic.

SPEAK IN A WEEK! ARABIC

SPEAK IN A WEEK! ARABIC: SEE, HEAR, SAY AND LEARN: WEEK 1 (Spiral-bound, 2007)

SPEAK IN A WEEK ARABIC SEE, HEAR, SAY AND LEARN: WEEK 2: (Audio CD, 2008)

FIRST 1000 WORDS IN ARABICBOOK: FIRST 1000 WORDS IN ARABIC (FIRST 1000 WORDS) by Heather Amery
Learn classical Arabic. Pictures are labelled with the word in Arabic script and a transliteration so you can speak the word without reading arabic. Designed for children but great for adults too! A clear, fun, visual learning style for 1000 everyday words - objects found around the house, jobs and body parts etc.

The alphabetical English - Arabic dictionary section is useful.

OTHER LANGUAGES FROM USBORNE
USBORNE BOOKS ABOUT EGYPT
OTHER USBORNE BOOKS

ARABIC WORD BOOKS FOR BEGINNERS:


MY ARABIC WORDS BOOK
ARABIC WITHOUT TEARS: A FIRST BOOK FOR YOUNGER LEARNERS: Bk. 1 (2006)
MILET MINI PICTURE DICTIONARY: ENGLISH-ARABIC
FIRST 100 WORDS IN ARABIC (YOUR FIRST 100 WORDS)

search for Arabic Word Books For Beginners



ARABIC PICTURE DICTIONARIES AND FIRST ARABIC READERS

Arabic-English Visual Bilingual Dictionary (DK Bilingual Dictionaries) ARABIC-ENGLISH VISUAL BILINGUAL DICTIONARY (DK Bilingual Dictionaries) by Dorling Kindersley (Paperback - 1 May 2009)

Pocket-sized for travellers!

A wealth of everyday vocabulary in Arabic with this intuitive easy-to-use 360-page visual language dictionary for all ages - suitable for adults or children, business or pleasure.

As you browse you will find yourself absorbing many of the 6,000 key Arabic words and phrases relating to shopping, eating out, sport and many other topics. Find every word you need to know fast using the clearly labelled colour illustrated scenes from everyday life.

Includes grammar features about key Arabic nouns, verbs and phrases, to improve your understanding of the language. Milet Mini Picture Dictionary: English-Arabic

ARABIC PICTURE DICTIONARIES

MILET MINI PICTURE DICTIONARY: ENGLISH-ARABIC
by Sedat Turhan

CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED ARABIC DICTIONARY
by Deborah Dumont (Hippocrene Children's Illustrated Foreign Language Dictionaries)



FIRST ARABIC READERS:


FUN ARABIC LEARNING: RECEPTION LEVEL READING ACTIVITIES BOOK
by Rihab Mohamed, Zainab Osman, and Ahmed Seif

There's also a set of Fun Arabic Learning Cards and a Poster to go with this book.

The 28 flash cards can be used alone and together with the poster, using the poster rather like a game board.

Children will be getting the message that Arabic is fun as they learn to;

  • recognise the letters
  • recognise how initial letters of words change their shape
  • learn the Arabic alphabet, in order
  • learn first words with their associated first pictures
The cards / poster are very versatile - you will be inspired to come up with other creative activities such matching games and as pre-writing games such as constructing your name (or the names of the pictures) with the letters.

FUN ARABIC LEARNING: FIRST LEVEL READING ACTIVITIES BOOK
by Rihab Mohamed, Zainab Osman, Ahmed Seif and Adil Al-Mahy (FAL Library)

The 'Fun Arabic Learning: First Level Reading Activities Book' is aimed at young children focuising on the vocabulary for numbers up to ten, the human body, toys, colours and shapes. Each of the 6 topics ("me","family","this","about me","vowels" and"I do") starts with a nursery rhyme style song. The book teaches each new letter along with examples of its use at the beginning, middle and end of a word. Children are shown how to formulate words and short sentences, including basic sentence structures.

This is the follow-on book for 'FUN ARABIC LEARNING: RECEPTION LEVEL READING ACTIVITIES BOOK'

FUN ARABIC LEARNING - POSTER
by Rihab Mohamed, Zainab Osman, and Adil Al-Mahy (2005)

FUN ARABIC LEARNING - FLASHCARDS
by Rihab Mohamed, Zainab Osman, and Adil Al-Mahy (2005)

The 'Fun Arabic Learning: Second Level Reading Book' is currently unavailable.

ELEPHANTS WALK (DISCOVER THE FUN OF READING)
by Shaden Al-Salman, Atalla Al-Hajaya, Fouad Abu Taleb, and Flora Majdalawi

MADINAH ARABIC READER FOR CHILDREN 1 (Classical Structural Arabic and Modern Arabic)
by Dr V. Abdur Rahim (Goodword Books, 2005)

Part of the 'Duroos al-Lughah al-'Arabiyyah Eight Part Course for the Learning of Arabic as Taught in The Islamic University, Madinah (with illustrations)'

Essential language skills taught through a series of lessons based on conversations which illustrate distinctive language patterns. A variety of exercises help the student to understand and apply each of the grammatical patterns. Vocabulary includes classical Arabic and words and expressions current in Modern Arabic.

Schools use this series of readers to prepare students for the university of London (UK) GCE-Level and A-Level examinations.

Also see: Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

CHAMELEON RACES: ARABIC-ENGLISH
by Laura Hambleton (Board book - 1 Feb 2005)

Let's Read!: Arabic/English by England) Camden A Very Strange Day: English-Arabic Reader for Children by N. Jacob Writing in Ancient Mesopotamia (Reading Power: Writing in the Ancient World) by Jil Fine (2003)

TOYS / GAMES TO HELP CHILDREN LEARN ARABIC

TOY: EMBOSSED WOOD ARABIC LANGUAGE ALPHABET BLOCKS TOY: EMBOSSED WOOD ARABIC LANGUAGE ALPHABET BLOCKS

IDEAS FOR MAKING 'ARABIC LEARNING GAMES'

Make your own games by adapting existing pre-reading and reading games and flashcards designed for use in English.

Better still, adapt a game designed for learning another foreign language - such as "Snap Cards in French", and particularly"Cherchons Le Mot","Les Courses a Faire" or"Trouvons L'image" from Orchard Toys / Linguaphone - they are original and fun - and because they are incredibly good value you won't mind sticking labels on them to create the Arabic words where necessary.

Some of the best games rely on pre-recorded sounds / sound effects - "Crash, Bang, Wallop" from Orchard Toys - has a fun cassette tape of household noises. You can adapt the game so that when a child identifies a sound they have to either speak the word in arabic or pick out the correct word on a flashcard to 'earn' the picture card they need to build their house and get the key to the door. "Soundtracks" from Living & Learning is an audio lotto game - again children listen to sound effects on tape cassette, so adapt it in the same way.

Picture games such as Photo Puzzles are equally useful - even children who have not started reading yet can learn languages using games based on sound effects or pictures.

Good themes for games include animals, colours, weather, the time or shopping and food. Often all you need to do is copy or print arabic words and sticking them on the game (or in a picture word book). The shopping list game is useful here - it comes with 'booster sets' of themed words - such as 'clothes'.

Games using of phonics - including rhymes, as many of the DK games do - or on assembling a word from letters as in scrabble - are usually unsuitable unless they are designed in Arabic (but we haven't come across any which are). However, some picture-based phonics games - assembling parts of words into a whole - may be usable if they include pictures and you can stick Arabic labels over the English letters. If the game breaks words are broken down into sections based on a phonic rule, then you will need to ignore this aspect of the game and just replace the entire word. If you know how an arabic word 'breaks down' then you can adapt such games to incorporate the concept.

EASY TO ADAPT GAMES FOR LEARNING ARABIC:

Sometimes you can write directly on to the games - but stickers are useful for printing arabic words because you don't make mistakes whilst copying. If you experience problems with an unsupported font, try printing the words as images instead.




LANGUAGE: ADVANCED / ACADEMIC STUDY OF EGYPTIAN ARABIC

ARAB CULTURE AND THE NOVEL: GENRE, IDENTITY AND AGENCY IN EGYPTIAN FICTION by Muhammad Siddiq (Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Literatures: Genre, Identity and Agency, May 2007)

The Syntax of Spoken Arabic: A Comparative Study of Moroccan, Egyptian, Syrian and Kuwaiti Dialects
by Kristen E. Brustad (Paperback - 30 Sep 2000)

Arabic Calligraphy
by Mustafa Ja'far (Paperback - 1 Jun 2002)

Comprehensive Study of Egyptian Arabic: Proverbs and Metaphoric Phrases: 2
by Ernest T. Abdel-Massih

Constructing the Social Context of Communication: Terms of Address in Egyptian Arabic (Contributions to the Sociology of Language)
by Dilworth B. Parkinson

The Voice of Egypt: Umm Kulthum, Arabic Song and Egyptian Society in the Twentieth Century (Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology)
by Virginia Danielson

Arabic Proverbs or the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians Illustrated from Their Proverbial Sayings Current at Cairo
by John Lew Burckhardt


NEW TITLES
FOR LEARNING EGYPTIAN ARABIC

RECENT: June 2009
A REFERENCE GRAMMAR OF EGYPTIAN ARABIC (Georgetown Classics in Arabic Language & Linguistics)

by Ernest T. Abdel-Massih, Zaki N. Abdel-Malek and El-Said M. Badawi (2009)

RECENT: 2009
Kallimni 'Arabi Bishweesh: Beginners' Course, Spoken Egyptian Arabic (1) KALLIMNI 'ARABI BISHWEESH: A BEGINNERS' COURSE IN SPOKEN EGYPTIAN ARABIC 1

by Samia Louis (2009)

KALLIMNI 'ARABI MAZBOOT: AN EARLY ADVANCED COURSE IN SPOKEN EGYPTIAN ARABIC 4

KALLIMNI 'ARABI FI KULL HAAGA: A HIGHER ADVANCED COURSE IN SPOKEN EGYPTIAN ARABIC 5

Also see: KALLIMNI 'ARABI AKTAR AN UPPER INTERMEDIATE COURSE IN SPOKEN EGYPTIAN ARABIC by Samia Louis (2008)



BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE
EGYPTIAN ARABIC COURSES / AUDIO RESOURCES

KULLU TAMAM! AN INTRODUCTION TO EGYPTIAN COLLOQUIAL ARABIC

Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press

There are basically two types of Arabic: the local vernaculars - which are used in everyday life - and Modern Standard Arabic, which is restricted to writing and to speaking in formal settings. Anyone wanting to have a good command of the Arabic language must learn both varieties.

"kullu tamam!" uses Egyptian Colloquial Arabic to introduce the language and pave the way for learning Modern Standard Arabic. This is achieved by using the grammatical terminology common to both varieties of Arabic, by offering many vocabulary items current in both the vernacular and the standard variety, and - in the later lessons - by introducing the Arabic script.

Some sections use short conversational dialogues, and others use a more abstract vocabulary typical of Arabic newspapers. There's a grammar section and vocabulary lists for both Arabic-English and English-Arabic, and a wide range of pattern drills and translation exercises (with answers). The audio is provided by Egyptian native speakers.

SAY IT IN ARABIC: COLLOQUIAL EGYPTIAN (Dover say it series) by Farouk El-Baz and Dover Publications

Presented in a particularly clear typeface, and a compact format, SAY IT IN ARABIC: COLLOQUIAL EGYPTIAN features a 'word substitution system' to extend the book's usefulness. More than 1,000 phrases for travel or everyday living in Egypt, including a section categorised by specific shop-types - barber, cigar store, drug store, dry goods store, Laundry / dry cleaners, beauty parlour, camera / photo shop etc. Most requirements are covered in this book - food, shopping, medical aid, courtesy, hotels, travel, and other situations. The English phrase, the Egyptian equivalent and a transliteration is provided, and there are supplementary lists, signs and other aids. All words are indexed.

AUDIO
MICHEL THOMAS METHOD: ARABIC FOUNDATION COURSE (with Egyptian Arabic speaker)

AUDIOBOOK, AUDIO CD SET
Publisher: Hodder Arnold

The innovative and deservedly popular "Michel Thomas" method allows you to learn basic Arabic entirely by ear! A native Egyptian Arabic speaker presents this"8-hour Arabic Foundation Course" - and as there are no books you cannot invent your own incorrect pronunciation. This successful solution to the pronunciation problems often experienced by lone-learners is just one reason why "Michel Thomas" method is so famous.

The audio CD involves you with the two students on the CD who are being taught in real time in a classroom situation - you become the third student and participate actively in the class. You soon get the hang of manipulating Arabic structures to express what you want to say. Speaking the language constantly from the very beginning builds your confidence and means that you shouldn't be scared to try it out 'for real' on your holiday.

A printed index of Arabic words in Roman script, with translations, is provided for easy reference - handy for taking with you on holiday.

Also see:

MICHEL THOMAS METHOD: 2-HOUR INTRODUCTORY COURSE

(the first 2 hours of the"Foundation Course")

Other MICHEL THOMAS ARABIC LEARNING MATERIALS

- as well as the more advanced courses listed below.

Other Languages to learn using the MICHEL THOMAS method



FURTHER / ADVANCED
EGYPTIAN ARABIC COURSES / AUDIO RESOURCES

MICHEL THOMAS METHOD: ARABIC ADVANCED COURSE (Audio CD, 2008)

(more about the Michel Thomas method below)

'TALK MORE' CLASSICAL ARABIC DVD-VIDEO 2008

see more about the terrific Eurotalk multi-media language learning materials below.



MICHEL THOMAS METHOD: ARABIC ADVANCED COURSE
AUDIOBOOK, AUDIO CD SET
Publisher: Hodder Arnold

A five hour Arabic Advanced Course using the"Michel Thomas Method" - follows on from the"8-hour Foundation Course" (see above).

Other Languages by the Michel Thomas Method



LEARN EGYPTIAN ARABIC: CD-ROMS / DVD / Videos
- Interactive Language Learning

CD-ROMS enabling you to learn Arabic are available for a variety of learning-styles, and for PCs and MACs.

We recommend some of the most reliable, creative and effective computer programs for language-learning. The renowned language specialist "Rosetta Stone" use a spectacularly effective total immersion system. It is used by universities and embassies the world over, and instruction is available for almost any language from Welsh to French, Tagalog, Chinese or Vietnamese. The price tag reflects the quality of their results!

Vocabulary Builder (flashcard-style learning for young beginners), "Talk Now!" (for beginners), "World Talk" (the next stage on), and "Tell Me more" for more advance language learners, is a series from Euro Talk Interactive which includes high quality interactive games, and even"TV Talk Show" style games. In 2008 they released "Talk More DVD-Video Classical Arabic" - a much richer learning experience.

The Linguaphone Arabic learning system has a more traditional approach.

If you have a GPS system you can buy language learning software to use with it. GPS Language Guides can contain multiple bilingual dictionaries. If there is a voice text interface they also allow you to improve your pronunciation. Phrasebooks for iPods are also now appearing. However, there doesn't appear to be an Arabic version available for either GPS or iPod yet.

Vocabulary Builder Egyptian Arabic CD-ROM: VOCABULARY BUILDER ARABIC EGYPTIAN

Essential Words and Phrases for Absolute Beginners

TALK NOW! ARABIC EGYPTIAN

WORLD TALK ARABIC EGYPTIAN

TELL ME MORE ARABIC (CD-ROM)


PDQ ARABIC (EGYPTIAN ARABIC) AUDIO CD
by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar (Linguaphone)

Learn enough language to add enjoyment when travelling to Egypt and other Arabic speaking countries. The audio recordings use native speakers to ensure good pronunciation and better understanding 'on location'. The active vocabulary is more than 500 words, covering a variety of everyday situation.

You can complete this PDQ course just by listening to the recordings, but using the interesting (and well illustrated) course book will help you reinforce the language learnt in the audio recordings, and will also teach you the basics of reading and writing Egyptian Arabic.

STARTING OUT IN ARABIC
by Living Language (Audio CD, 2008)

EGYPTIAN ARABIC VOCAB CLINIC CD-ROM (The American University in Cairo Press, 2005)

Interactive CD-ROM with over 4,000 vocabulary items, expressions and phrases, spoken by a native speaker, which is essential for quality language learning. Listen, then record and compare your own pronunciation (both by listening and by looking at the graphical wave-pattern feedback). The learning system helps you to understand the cultural and grammatical context of the phrases you are learning. The CD-ROM is supported by a 24 page book and customizable vocabulary practice sheets to print out - plus regularly updated online resources.
Runs on Windows XP (and also Win 98 SE, ME, 2000)

LEARN ARABIC - SOFTWARE
EGYPTIAN COLLOQUIAL ARABIC
LEARN OTHER LANGUAGES - SOFTWARE
EUROTALK SOFTWARE
ROSETTA STONE SOFTWARE
LINGUAPHONE SOFTWARE



PRONOUNCING ARABIC

You will also find other resources to help improve your pronounciation of Arabic in the following sections:

Of course - nothing beats coming on holiday to Luxor with Traditional Egypt and using the language for real!

SAY IT RIGHT IN ARABIC: THE FASTEST WAY TO CORRECT PRONUNICATION
by Easily Pronounced Language Systems (EPLS, McGraw-Hill Contemporary, 2008)

The innovative teachers at Easily Pronounced Language Systems (EPLS) developed a sound-based pronunciation system in response to the practical communication needs of travelers. Members of the press who had been issued with EPLS mini-phasebooks for the 2004 Athens Olympics gave them rave reviews.

This pronunciation system avoids common Arabic pronunciation mistakes. A set of easy-to-read vowel symbols are combined with consonants enable you to read quickly and in a more straightforward way than other systems of transliteration. The authors expect that, "almost instantly, you will be able to confidently pronounce and use 500 essential words and phrases in Arabic".



EXPANDING YOUR ARABIC VOCABULARY

You may also find the more advanced section Vocabulary for the Media and Newspapers useful

WORD BY WORD PICTURE DICTIONARY: ENGLISH/ARABIC EDITION
by Bill Bliss and Steven J. Molinsky (Pearson Education; 2nd Ed. 2008)

A learner-friendly picture dictionary with simple, accessible lesson pages designed for clarity and ease-of-use with learners at all levels (especially good for beginners). The new lesson formats integrate the use of nouns and high-frequency verbs. Objects and actions that go together are learned together! A careful, research-based sequence of lessons develops grammar and vocabulary through topics in everyday life, in the community, in school, and at work.

Features of the new edition:

  • More than 4,000 words in an expanded range of topics prepare students for success using English
  • Expanded discussion questions encourage students to share their backgrounds, experiences, opinions, and creativity as they relate vocabulary and themes to their own lives.
  • A new Teacher's Guide and Lesson Planner with CD-ROM in a colorful user-friendly format includes lesson planning suggestions, community tasks, weblinks for expanding vocabulary themes through the Internet, and reproducible masters to save teachers hours of lesson preparation time.
  • A unique choice of workbooks at Beginning and Intermediate levels offers flexible options to meet students' needs:
    - Vocabulary Workbooks feature motivating vocabulary, grammar, and listening practice.
    - Standards-based Lifeskills Workbooks provide competency-based activities and reading tied to national, state, and local curriculum frameworks.
    - A Literacy Workbook is also available.
  • The Audio Program includes all words and conversations for interactive practice, and 17 WordSongs in vocal and sing-along versions for entertaining vocabulary practice through music.

Also see the PICTURE DICTIONARIES reviewed elsewhere on this page.

NEW Edition - 2008
THE OXFORD PICTURE DICTIONARY: ENGLISH-ARABIC EDITION (Oxford Picture Dictionary Program)
OUP; Rev. 2008

A comprehensive, flexible, and up-to-date vocabulary reference and teaching tool for English language learning. The Oxford Picture Dictionary and its components create a highly teachable programme that can be used as a complete, four-skills beginning course, or as a language development supplement and practical reference, with a new 'Grammar Activity Book'.

The 165 topics include Everyday Language, Housing, Health, and Food, all targeted to meet the needs of adults and young adults. Each unit starts with an introductory page of key vocabulary, and ends with a story page illustrated with a dynamic scene - an interesting way of reviewing words and presenting additional vocabulary.

DICTIONARY OF MODERN WRITTEN ARABIC
by Hans Wehr

This scholarly and hefty dictionary (well over a thousand pages) is the prime dictionary resource for serious students of Arabic.

Be aware that it is not a dialect dictionary, although it contains many Egyptian and other dialect words. Colloquial Arabic is not formally written, so 'dialect dictionaries' are specialized (and often written in transliteration).

Neither is it a Classical Arabic dictionary - although, again, it does contain a lot of classical vocbulary.

Words are in root order, not alphabetic order, so you do need a grasp of the grammar to be able to use this dictionary effectively.

ALIF BAA & 2 DVDS: INTRODUCTION TO ARABIC LETTERS AND SOUNDS (with 2 DVDS)
Georgetown University Press; 2nd revised edition (2004)

Newly revised and packaged with two DVDs with both audio and video exercises to accompany the introductory volume for the Al-Kitaab program course in Standard Arabic from Georgetown University.

Learn to recognize and produce both letters and sounds accurately through a variety of exercises designed to develop listening, reading, and writing skills.

These two DVDs includes 150 basic vocabulary words in authentic contexts, and video footage of an Arabic calligrapher, a large collection of street signs, social greetings, capsules on Arab culture, and an English-Arabic glossary.

PLAYS IN ARABIC FOR GROUP LANGUAGE LEARNING

5 EGYPTIAN-ARABIC ONE ACT PLAYS
by Karl G. Prasse (Museum Tusculanum Press, Hardcover, 296 pages)

Intended as a first reader in Egyptian-Arabic drama for European students, these five short one act plays are bi-lingual - transcribed in Roman characters. Each play has passages which are awkward to interpret, so explanatory footnotes are provided to help with passages which cannot be readily looked up in existing dictionaries.

The preface introduces the genre and includes bibliographical hints for further study.

EGYPTIAN ONE-ACT PLAYS (Three Continents Press)
by Denys Johnson-Davies (Lynne Rienner, Paperback, 1981)




AUDIO LANGUAGE COURSES

NEW - 2008
MICHEL THOMAS METHOD: ARABIC ADVANCED COURSE (Audio CD, 2008)

NEW - 2008
BERLITZ EARWORMS RAPID ARABIC (Berlitz Earworms)
by Berlitz (2008)

Specially composed melodies with rhythmic repetitions — and sound patterns which are designed to be intensely memorable so that you can learn the phrase with the correct accent ringing in your ears. After listening several times you should be able to ask for a table in a restaurant, order food and drink, take a taxi, rent a car, buy tickets, deal with money, numbers, times and days, ask for directions, deal with typical problems, hold a simple conversation — and more. Learn Arabic whilst driving, jogging or doing the ironing. Transfer it to your Ipod or other MP3 player to use on the go.

NEW - 2008
QUICKSTART ARABIC BBC ACTIVE QUICKSTART ARABIC (2 Audio CDs, 140 minutes)
BBC Active

Learn Arabic - there's no reading or writing involved and the course has been specifically designed to work with your iPod or MP3 player. Great tuition for travellers.

NEW - 2008 SPEAK IN A WEEK ARABIC - WEEK 2: SEE, HEAR, SAY AND LEARN -  AUDIO CD SPEAK IN A WEEK ARABIC - WEEK 2: SEE, HEAR, SAY AND LEARN - AUDIO CD (2008)

MASTERING ARABIC BOOK & 2 CD PACK (Palgrave Master Series, Languages)
Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd Rev. edition (2007)

This best-selling and hugely popular and 'usable' introductory course to the structure, grammar and vocabulary Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) - not contemporary Egyptian Arabic. This language course is carefully-paced and lively, and uses some of the best 'EFL' and modern language teaching methods, proven to work across a wide range of learner backgrounds.

This new edition features an attractive, lively page layout with hundreds of cartoons and exercises. The Arabic alphabet is presented little by little so that it is not overwhelming. To get learners speaking straight away, there are new conversational sections.

The extra explanations and transliterations will be especially helpful to people studying alone.

RECENT: 2009
MASTERING ARABIC 2 - AUDIOBOOK (Audio CD)
by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar (Palgrave Macmillan, 5 Jun 2009)

'Mastering Arabic 2' is a new second level / intermediate Arabic course to follow up the popular 'Mastering Arabic', and has the same engaging style with lively dialogues, varied exercises and cultural insights. It suits a diverse learner base - self-study, through community college and school, to university primer/first year course.

Two audio CDs accompany the book which is available separately.



READING AND WRITING ARABIC

MASTERING ARABIC SCRIPT: A GUIDE TO HANDWRITING (Palgrave Master Series, Languages)
by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar (Palgrave Macmillan)

'Mastering Arabic Script' teaches the fluent riq'a script used by adults, and points out the differences in naskh - a printed script taught to children, or beginners learning Arabic.

The three sections cover

  • the basic letter shapes
  • combinations of letters
  • an additional extended writing section
There are clear examples, plenty of practice material, expert tips and lively activities and photos. The book works well with the popular 'Mastering Arabic' course, but can also be used as a 'stand alone' guide.


Further ARABIC VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT
AND READING ARABIC NEWSPAPERS

NEW!
MEDIA ARABIC: AN ESSENTIAL VOCABULARY
by Elisabeth Kendall

Also available:

Advanced Media Arabic by Mustapha Lahlalipb

NEW - 2008
MEDIA ARABIC: A COURSEBOOK FOR READING ARABIC NEWS (Bilingual, 2008)
by Alaa Elgibali and Nevenka Korica (The American University in Cairo Press, Paperback)

A unique and timely learning tool to help anyone - in academia, governments, NGOs or business - access Arabic language news at firsthand.

"Media Arabic" is an activity book helping students to learn core vocabulary and structures typical of front-page news, various modes of coverage, distinguish fact from opinion, detect bias, and read critically in Arabic.

Students gain experience in reading extended texts faster and more accurately by focusing on the relationships among meaning, language form, and markers of cohesive discourse, and three self-assessment units keep them moving forward effectively. Understanding the language of the newspapers, magazines, and internet news sites gives intermediate and advanced-level students of Modern Standard Arabic direct access to their sources.

Activities include:

  • pre-reading discussions
  • extensive practice on vocabulary in context
  • organizing information
  • skimming and scanning
  • critical reading
  • analyzing content
The themes of the book are: Talks and Conferences, Demonstrations and Protests, Conflicts and Terrorism, Elections, Rule of Law, and Business, with a useful glossary for each theme.

NEW - 2008
ARABIC TODAY: A STUDENT, BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COURSE IN SPOKEN AND WRITTEN ARABIC
by John Mace (2008)

MASTERING ARABIC GRAMMAR (Palgrave Master Series, Languages )
by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar (Palgrave Macmillan)

A reference and activity grammar book for all beginners and early intermediate students of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). 'Mastering Arabic Grammar' reinforces and expands the structures and vocabulary presented in 'Mastering Arabic', but will work well with other courses. The two sections are basic grammar and verbs, with clear structural explanations and practice activities. Further grammatical explanations and activities covering formal, literary and religious Arabic are included.







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