Formal Spoken Arabic Basic Course with MP3 Files

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Georgetown University Press, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 365 pages
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This new edition, updated and with additional exercises, equips those who work, travel, and study in Arab countries with an educated form of spoken Arabic that functions flexibly in the face of various regional colloquial variants in the Arab world.

Because the Arabic language has a number of very different spoken vernaculars, being able to speak and be understood in all Arab countries has become a challenge for English speakers. Ryding and Mehall have designed a course that teaches a standardized variant of spoken Arabic that is close to, but more natural than, the literary Modern Standard Arabic.

With a non-grammar-based approach, this book fosters communicative competence in Arabic on all levels and develops speaking proficiency without abandoning Arabic script. It has proven to be clear, effective, and relevant to the needs of Americans living and working in the Arab East. Task-based lessons feature basic dialogues between Americans and Arabs, explanations of new structures, vocabulary expansion, and exercises; and provide gradual access to the sounds and script of Arabic by emphasizing listening and reading comprehension first, then slowly adding oral exercises and activities until the student has achieved basic proficiency.

Not intended for self-instruction for beginners, Formal Spoken Arabic Basic Course with MP3 Files assumes some previous knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic, Arabic script and phonology, and previous or simultaneous instruction in orthography. This new edition includes a CD of MP3 audio exercises that are keyed to the text and drill students on listening and speaking.

Lessons cover topics including:

Heads of StateCities and CountriesOfficial TitlesGeographySystems of GovernmentLost LuggageGetting AcquaintedEstablishing Common GroundSeeking and Giving InformationPersonal Needs and FamilyHandling ProblemsEating OutBargaining and Buying

 

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As an American trying to learn the absolute STANDARD Arabic, one of the easiest ways I have picked up new vocabulary quickly. Well layed out and organized themes.
Highly Recommended!

Contents

HEADS OF STATE I
1
CITIES AND COUNTRIES I I
11
OFFICIALTITLES
21
GEOGRAPHY
35
SYSTEMS OF GOVERNMENT
49
Sorting
56
REVIEW
63
GEOGRAPHY II
69
ESTABLISHING COMMON GROUND
139
SEEKING AND GIVING INFORMATION
163
Review drills
186
REVIEW
217
HANDLING A PROBLEM
233
EATING OUT
257
BARGAINING AND BUYING
277
ArabicEnglish Glossary
296

LOST LUGGAGE
83
True or false
109
GETTING ACQUAINTED I 1 3
121
EnglishArabic Glossary
326
Names of the Months and Months of the Islamic Calendar
361
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About the author (2005)

Karin C. Ryding is professor emerita in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University.

David J. Mehall is a research associate at the Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), University of Maryland.

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