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EGYPTIAN ARABIC - THE MOST 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.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

THE ARABIC ALPHABET - a basic introducion to the Arabic alphabet, supported by a good selection of books
ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY - a basic introducion to the beautiful art of Arabic calligraphy, supported by a good selection of books and prints

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.

LANGUAGE FOR CHILDREN: LEARN ARABIC

Types of language learning resources available

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.

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ARABIC FLASH CARDS

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

From the 'Speak in a Week' series by Inc Penton Overseas

Essential Vocabulary for Effective Communication

ARABIC IN A FLASH - Tuttle Flash Cards

ARABIC IN A FLASH: vol. 1 ARABIC IN A FLASH: vol.2 by Fethi Mansouri

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.

Also see our feature about the
Arabic Alphabet (for older / adult readers)

ARABIC FIRST WORDS

Books and resources to help children & adults learn Arabic.

THE SPEAK IN A WEEK! ARABIC SERIES

The Arabic Speak in a Week series is difficult to get hold of at the moment - but the Flashcards are available - at a price! - £52.99 new or £29.98 used!

Speak in a Week! Flash! Arabic: 1001 Flash Cards Speak in a Week! Flash! Arabic: 1001 Flash Cards (Speak in a Week): Essential Vocabulary for Effective Communication (Cards, 2008) by Inc Penton Overseas

Speak In A Week! Arabic: SEE, HEAR, SAY AND LEARN: WEEK 1 SEE, HEAR, SAY AND LEARN: WEEK 1 Speak In A Week! Arabic (Spiral-bound, 2007)

Currently unavailable

SEE, HEAR, SAY AND LEARN: WEEK 2 Speak In A Week! Arabic( Audio CD, 2008)

FIRST 1000 WORDS IN ARABIC BOOK: 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.

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ARABIC PICTURE DICTIONARIES AND FIRST ARABIC READERS

Arabic Without Tears: A First Book For Younger Learners ARABIC WITHOUT TEARS: A FIRST BOOK FOR YOUNGER LEARNERS: Bk. 1 (with Mini flashcards) by Imran H. Alawiye, Sadiq Toma, and Zaynab Alawiye (2006)

Designed to teach Arabic in a lively interactive manner to younger learners, it is intended for use by parents or teachers working closely with their children or pupils. This first book aims to teach the Arabic alphabet in its basic form through simple written exercises supported by the clear, arrowed diagrams over which the child can trace, thus encouraging him or her to develop confidence and independence in writing the isolate letters. Numerous exercises are included to reinforce letter recognition, alphabetical sequencing and writing practice. Arabic numbers from one to ten, a wide range of colours and other useful vocabulary is included. Various fun activities enable the child to use words in a meaningful context.

Mini flashcards help test the child's recognition of numbers and colours.

FIRST ARABIC READERS:

NEW! Feb 2010 EASY ARABIC READER by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar FIRST ARABIC READER BILINGUAL FOR SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH by Saher Ahmed Salama and Vadim Zubakhin (Feb 2010)

NEW! 1 June 2011 EASY ARABIC READER (Easy Reader Series) by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar (McGraw-Hill Contemporary, 1 Jun 2011)

Madinah Arabic Reader For Children, Part 1 (Classical Structural Arabic and Modern Arabic) MADINAH ARABIC READER FOR CHILDREN, Part 1 (Classical Structural Arabic and Modern Arabic) by Dr V. Abdur Rahim (Goodword Books)

Part of a series of readers designed to to prepare students for the university of London (UK) GCE-Level and A-Level examinations. the series is also 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 are taught through a series of conversational lessons backed up with a variety of exercises to help the student to understand and apply each of the grammatical patterns. Vocabulary includes classical Arabic and words and expressions current in Modern Arabic.

Also see Madinah Arabic Reader For Children: Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

BILINGUAL ENGLISH-ARABIC STORYBOOKS

Picture Storybooks

A satisfying range of picture-storybooks for younger children have been translated for use as Bilingual Arabic-English Picture Storybooks, many of them all time kids classics such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Bilingual 'Situational' Stories the Very Hungry Caterpillar, in Arabic and EnglishOne of my own personal favourites, Handa's Surprise has been translated as an Arabic-English Bilingual 'Situational Story'.

Story: Lima's Red Hot Chilli, in Arabic And English (Multicultural Settings) LIMA'S RED HOT CHILLI IN ARABIC AND ENGLISH (Multicultural Settings)
by David Mills, and Derek Brazell

Story: What Shall We Do With The Boo-Hoo Baby? In Arabic and English WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE BOO-HOO BABY? In Arabic and English
by Cressida Cowell, and Ingrid Godon (Paperback)

More Arabic-English Bilingual Picture Storybooks

Bilingual Situational Story: Hospital

Story: Nita Goes to Hospital, in Arabic and English NITA GOES TO HOSPITAL, in Arabic and English by Henriette Barkow, illustrated by Chris Petty (Paperback)

Nita breaks her leg and needs to be brave when she is taken to hospital. Illustrated with pictures of Chris Petty's wonderful plasticine models.

ARABIC STORIES TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

How Many Donkeys? An Arabic Counting Tale, translated into English HOW MANY DONKEYS? AN ARABIC COUNTING TALE by Margaret Read MacDonald, Nadia Jameel Taibah, and Carol Liddiment (Hardcover, 2009)

26 April 2010 THE GRUFFALO / AL GHARFOUL THE GRUFFALO / AL GHARFOUL (Language: Arabic) by Julia Donaldson, translated into Arabic by Nadia Fouda (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, 26 April 2010)

"A gruffalo? What's a gruffalo?"
"The Gruffalo" is just the best childrens' book ever!! who could resist "The Gruffalo", translated into Arabic? Great idea - I love it!

also see our "Gruffalo" feature - which includes some great "gruffalo" travel products . . .

ARABIC CHILDRENS BIBLE STORY BOOK ARABIC CHILDRENS BIBLE STORY 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.

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

NEW TITLES
FOR LEARNING EGYPTIAN ARABIC

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)

Kallimni 'Arabi Bishweesh: Beginners' Course, Spoken Egyptian Arabic (1) KALLIMNI 'ARABI BISHWEESH: A BEGINNERS' COURSE IN SPOKEN EGYPTIAN ARABIC 1 (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 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. Recent DVDs is their "Talk More DVD-Video Classical Arabic" to enrich your 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.

NEW - 2008
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)

101 LANGUAGES OF THE WORLD by Focus Multimedia

Starter-lessons in languages from Arabic to Quechua and Zulu - all in one place - with full text, audio, dialogues and games. Not a through course, but useful for holidays.

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

Also see the PICTURE DICTIONARIES reviewed elsewhere on this page.

ARABIC DICTIONARIES

CHILDREN'S OXFORD ESSENTIAL ARABIC DICTIONARY: ENGLISH-ARABIC/ARABIC-ENGLISH

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.

STAR RECOMMENDATION! ALIF BAA & 2 DVDS: INTRODUCTION TO ARABIC LETTERS AND SOUNDS (with 2 DVDS) Georgetown University Press (2nd rev. ed.)

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.

An excellent beginner resource. 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

MICHEL THOMAS METHOD: ARABIC ADVANCED COURSE (Audio CD, 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.

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.

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

MEDIA ARABIC: AN ESSENTIAL VOCABULARY by Elisabeth Kendall

Also available:

Advanced Media Arabic by Mustapha Lahlali pb

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.

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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