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Recommend a study book

Postby arabicpod » Thu Aug 02, 2007 3:28 pm

As the title says, can you recommend a book for learning Arabic? We have had many requests on this. Please only post those that are interesting, informative and fun to read
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Good title

Postby tomest05 » Sat Aug 04, 2007 4:58 am

For self learners I highly recommend these two books:

Shirwani, Haroon. Build your Arabic Vocabulary: 1,000 Key words to get beyond the basics.

Haddad, Yousif & Jack Ingle. Simple Arabic: A Comprehensive course

They're both published out of UK I believe. I am actually American but have found these the most useful, I trust the British with their Foreign language learning, as unfortunately we Americans are much lazier when it comes to 2nd language acquisition!

There's another book that I have seen floating around Arabic circles in america called:
All the Arabic I didn't learn the first time around
I believe it was out of University of Michigan. It was HUGE like 500 pages, but covered ever grammatical concept that you could ever ask about.

And finally use
It's the best place to practice Arabic reading newspapers articles or websites.

Enjoy! And thank you Arabic pod for helping with my conversational skills!
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Postby Moshaya » Mon Aug 06, 2007 3:03 pm

Thanks tomest05, hopefully a lot of our users will find this helpful!
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Postby kingdon » Wed Aug 08, 2007 5:50 pm

Here at RIT we study with al-kitaab fii ta3alum al-3arabiya -- it's a three part series published by Georgetown press, and if you have made friends at your local mosque or know an Arabic speaker some other way, in my experience this book is extremely helpful for anyone with a teacher to help you work through the exercises. There is also Alif Baa, from the same source, for learning the alphabet and some very basic vocabulary.
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Postby tomest05 » Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:19 am

I can recommend intermediate and advanced books as well if anyone is interested, but 2 other useful books for beginners are:

Teach Yourself Arabic (this is a really good series in general)

Mastering Arabic

GET the CDs the conversation practice is useless without them.

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Postby kimberly » Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:50 am

I second using al-kitaab fii ta'allum al-arabiyya.... I have started with Alif Baa and have found it incredibly helpful. They come with DVDs with listening exercises, writing exercises, etc. The book does not have any answers, though, so make sure you purchase the answer book as well!
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Postby Moshaya » Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:23 am

Thanks for your input everyone. More recommendations are a great welcome :)
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Postby caloche » Sun Aug 19, 2007 3:17 pm


I'm french, so I don't think the manual I use can be helpful. le simple "40 leçons pour parler arabe". Très bien fait.

However, I found this on the web, for the vocabulary (first lesson is free) ... ctives.htm

I don't know if it helps, but for my part, I was happy when i found these websites,

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Postby Shlomo » Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:34 pm

Mastering Arabic is not that good.

Teach Yourself is very good but does not go so far.

Anyone know any good books which gives some grammer and just loads of sentences with translations in Arabic?
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Easy arabic grammar

Postby zaytuna » Mon Oct 01, 2007 9:29 pm

Easy Arabic Grammar
Autor Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar

You can see some pages in goole books ... zI#PPA3,M1
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Qowaa'id an nahw wa as sorf wa Al Imlaa'

Postby cili » Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:28 am

Fantastic, brief, cheap, compact, easy to understand.

written by Hayaah 'Aliyy Al Husainiyy, Daar Salaam, Dimashq
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