by Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar.
Mastering Arabic aims at providing the novice learner with a general understanding of the overall structure of Arabic as well as the means for basic communication.
Contains diagrams and the letters of the Alphabet.
This book will not teach you everything there is about Arabic but will build a strong base and can be advanced upon with the sequel to this book.
This book is not heavy on grammar and is suitable for absolute beginners.
Some voweling employed to help with pronunciation.
Illustrations provided, some are funny others strange but all adding to make the learning fun.
Full of exercises and also comes with the optional audio CD if you purchase the book.
Dealing with questions.
Male and Female
Countries and people
Days of the week, months of the year
Eating and drinking
Verb forms 1-10
Past and present tenses
The Mastering Arabic series contains two books and CDs.
Some reasons to learn Arabic
Arabic is the fourth/fifth most spoken language in the world. There are many countries that speak Arabic as a first language. One of the first things that a person does when he or she becomes a Muslim is to learn some basic Arabic words and chapters of the Quran. Arabic is also the language of many Christians in the Middle East who are very proud of their language.
Why would anyone learn Arabic?
- It is a scientific language.
- It is a spiritual language.
- It is one of the top languages to learn in political and economic circles.
- Its letters are clear, unlike many other languages where various letters can have different sounds and pronunciations.
- It is a language whose learners increase every time someone becomes Muslim…and we all know how many people are becoming Muslims, despite the negative media stereotypes and shocking stories.
- It is a language not just of Arabs or for Arabs, as the Arabic language has been made international…it is now open for anyone to learn.
- There are obviously many jobs a person can get if they can speak Arabic such as within Journalism, travel companies, NGO’s, charitable organisations and aid agencies, translation and interpretation, teaching, spy agencies and secret services, financial institutes working and meeting with those rich Arabs etc etc etc.
- For social reasons…maybe you have a Muslim friend or know someone who is Arab or speaks Arabic.
- It is a language that has been around for some 2000 years. It has classical, modern and colloquial versions of it.
- And last but not least it is the language of one of the most popular and widely read books ever. The language of a book that is controversial but attracts so many people of all backgrounds and cultures. It is the language of the Holy Quran.
There are many Arabic words used in other languages like English, you may even speak words of Arabic origin without even realising.
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