A Textbook for Beginning Arabic
(through Chapter 12) and short list of
from self-study of
I have some real problems with this book.
Vocabulary is used in the dialogs and exercises before it is defined.
Grammatical concepts are used before they are defined.
Not all vocabulary used in the text is included in the glossary.
This means that if you intend to use this book for self-study, you
must first teach yourself the root system and use a dictionary.
It assumes readers have only a minimal understanding of English
grammar, with the unfortunate result that grammatical concepts are
consistently never referred to in English but in Arabic. This makes
learning the grammar unnecessarily abstract. For example,
became much more meaningful once I realized they were
equivalent to ‘imperfect’ and ‘perfect’.
Because no English grammatical concepts are used, expounding the
Arabic grammar becomes unnecessarily complex. For example, p248
has a bizarre footnote that attempts to explain the difference
between an adjective and a relative pronoun without actually using
The introduction of the case system is piecemeal and horribly confused.
Similarly, the verbal moods are introduced using only Arabic grammatical
terms. The genitive imperfect is introduced before the indicative.
Some of the dialog on the accompanying cassettes is of poor quality—
over-fast and mumbled, and very difficult to follow.
The book considers it a feature that it slowly introduces you to the
Egyptian dialect. A book purporting to teach Modern Standard Arabic
might be better off without this additional confusion.
201 Arabic Verbs
Here is an
to Barron's otherwise useful 201 Arabic Verbs.
San Mateo College
View some left-over
from Elementary Arabic 2 at San Mateo College.
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