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Arabic For Dummies 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
Why should you learn Arabic? Well, besides the fact that over 200 million people in more than 22 nations use it to communicate, there are tons of reasons to get up to speed this 1,400 year old language, including:
- Nearly all of the Middle-East speaks Arabic or one of its dialects
- Basic Arabic skills are extremely useful for anyone traveling to, doing business in, or serving in the Middle East
- It is the language in which the Koran is written
- There is a rich, centuries-old literary tradition in Arabic
Arabic For Dummies presents the language in the classic, laid-back For Dummies style. Taking a relaxed approach to this difficult language, it’s packed with practice dialogues and communication tips that will have you talking the talk in no time. You’ll get the scoop on:
- The Arabic alphabet, pronunciation, basic grammar, and the rules of transliteration
- The history of the language and information on classical Arabic and its dialects
- How to make small talk and make yourself understood when dining, shopping, or traveling around town
- How to communicate on the phone and in business conversations
- Handy words and phrases for dealing with money, directions, hotels, transportation, and emergencies
- Arabic culture and etiquette, including ten things you should never do in Arabic countries
The book also includes an Arabic-English dictionary, verb tables, and an audio CD with dialogues from the book to help you perfect your pronunciation. Written by a native Arabic speaker who helped start a year-round Arabic department at Middlebury College, Arabic For Dummies is just what you need to start making yourself understood in Arabic.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
From the Back Cover
Your fun and friendly guide to Modern Standard Arabic
This unintimidating guide will help you start speaking Modern Standard Arabic — beginning today! Whether you're a student, a traveler, or you work in business or government, you'll find it's packed with practical lessons, cultural facts, and handy references — including coverage of written Arabic, an Arabic-English mini-dictionary, lists of vital verbs, and more!
Discover how to
- Have everyday conversations in Arabic
- Make sense of Arabic grammar
- Improve your pronunciation
- Use idioms and popular expressions
- Get around in Arabic-speaking countries
About the Author
Amine graduated from Middlebury College and has always been interested in promoting better relations between the West and the Middle East through dialogue and mutual understanding. Amine published his first book, Arabic: A Complete Course (Random House), soon after graduating college in order to help Americans understand Arabic language and culture. He has written Arabic For Dummies in an attempt to reach an even wider audience with the aim of fostering better relations through education.
He holds a degree in Economics from Middlebury and has extensive experience in the arena of international investing. He is a registered investment advisor and is a member of the National Association of Securities Dealers. Amine is currently working on his third book, Investing in Commodities For Dummies (Wiley Publishing).
Amine is an avid traveler and has visited over 15 countries across the Middle East, Europe, and North and South America. Aside from his interest in languages, business, and travel, Amine enjoys biking, rollerblading, playing guitar, chess, and golf. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B000Y0CGZI
- Publisher : For Dummies; 1st edition (May 21, 2007)
- Publication date : May 21, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 16505 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,332,300 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I ordered this book for my son who is just beginning to learn Arabic. He was very impressed with it and says its just what he needed as a reference. The explanations and examples were clear, concise and easy to understand.
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I instantly regretted buying this version. If you can read a little Arabic BUY THE NEWER version (2nd edition). It is written partly with Arabic letters, making it easier to practice the reading while learning. Moreover the "latinization" of the Arabic words are also more correctly written, so you actually have the opportunity to pronounce the words perfectly. I have had a glance at the newer version and it seems like the author is using some better words for of the translations. Therefore the two versions are a bit different from each other.
However the book is not entirely hopeless. It is very simple, and gives you a lot of useful grammatical tables and useful sentences. It has some great explanations of the Arabic culture, and it is not boring at all. I still use it to learn and I have learned a great deal from it. It is also categorized into different topics with minimal grammar making it more fun to learn. But be sure you pick the right version because a returning/trading it CAN be expensive.