The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read and Write It

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Lyle Stuart, 1986 - Foreign Language Study - 95 pages
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Ever larger numbers of people are starting to learn Arabic, while even more have some contact with the Arab world. Anyone who wishes to learn the language faces a hitherto formidable initial problem: the alphabet. This book proceeds step by step 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. Readers will find that progress is rapid and will be surprised at the relative ease with which they master the first steps in learning this increasingly important world language.

The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read and Write It belongs on the desk of every student of the language, in the luggage of every visitor to the Middle East, in the briefcase of all business people with Arab clients, and in the back pocket of all employees of British or American companies working for a time in an Arab country.

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User Review  - eumaeus - LibraryThing

Indispensable for anyone beginning the study of Arabic. After completing the book, you should be able to read and write Sura 1 (The Opening) of the Qur'an. Read full review

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Excellent. Highly recommended for beginners. Read full review


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About the author (1986)

Nicholas Awde is an author and linguist specializing in the Caucasus, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. He is the author of numerous books about the region including Women in Islam: An Anthology from the Qur'an and Hadiths, Arabic Practical Dictionary, and Persian (Farsi) Dictionary & Phrasebook, all available from Hippocrene Books.

Samano was born in Iraq in 1953 into an Assyrian family. Since 1974 he has been living in Britain and working as an Arabic/English translator and interpreter.

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