Al-Kitaab Fii Ta'allum Al-'arabiyya/A Textbook For



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  1. C. C. says:

    I don t see why this book has so many negative reviews It is far and away the best language textbook I have ever seen The exercises are clearly designed with an understanding of how second languages are actually learned, and the new grammatical concepts and vocabulary are introduced gradually and used repeatedly so that you learn them and then learn them again until you remember them Obvious as these points seem, it s amazing how often they aren t done.The reason this textbook seems to be dif I don t see why this book has so many negative reviews It is far and away the best language textbook I have ever seen The exercises are clearly designed with an understanding of how second languages are actually learned, and the new grammatical concepts and vocabulary are introduced gradually and used repeatedly so that you learn them and then learn them again until you remember them Obvious as these points seem, it s amazing how often they aren t done.The reason this textbook seems to be difficult and unsuitable for learning alone is because it focuses on teaching independent language learning and language using skills, rather than explaining everything exhaustively and getting the student to rote learn it all Thus, not all the vocabulary that turns up in a given chapter is present in the vocabulary list at the beginning of the chapter some of it you learn along the way, often simply by seeing its use in context Many of the reading and listening texts are too difficult in that they are introduced before the student has learned all the vocabulary and structures included in them However, this is done along with explanations of how to deal with the fact that you don t know all the vocabulary and structures included in the texts and like everything else in the book, these explanations are introduced gradually and these skills are developed gradually Since in real life, when using a language you are in the process of learning, you will inevitably be faced with situations using vocabulary and structures that you don t know, developing these skills is crucially important.Similarly, grammatical concepts are frequently introduced without explaining them properly Although I found this very disconcerting at first as it was completely different to how I had learned languages before, I am now completely converted For example, if you know how to say but , you can suddenly express a whole lot of things you couldn t before, and the fact that but in Arabic is part of a class of grammatical thingies whose name I can t remember but they make things around them accusative is not a particularly helpful thing to know and will just go in one ear and out the other But introducing grammar in this way means that almost from the very beginning you are able to talk about interesting things The details of each concept are then introduced later Being able to express vaguely complex ideas early on makes the whole process of language learning muchenjoyable I still have some quibbles about how some specific grammatical concepts are introduced, but this hardly takes away from my appreciation for the general approach.To my astonishment, I even became invested in the stories of the characters that unfold over the course of the chapters I won t spoil the ending, but I actually really want to know what Khalid and Maha think of each other.All in all, I can t recommend this textbook too highly If you want to really learn how to use a language and how to learn a language, rather than just how to rote learn endless lists of vocabulary and verb conjugations, then look no further


  2. Jonathan Biddle Jonathan Biddle says:

    Finally finished it A decent book but with a lot of flaws and ridiculous stuff in it It s not the kind of book you would want if you are studying Arabic on your own Too many things are left unsaid and I m glad I had good teachers to guide me through it The vocab is pretty pitiful and the constant mixing of Egyptian pronunciation with fusha gets downright annoying Lastly, every story is depressing in this book You would think everyone in the Arab world is depressed and focuses solely on the Finally finished it A decent book but with a lot of flaws and ridiculous stuff in it It s not the kind of book you would want if you are studying Arabic on your own Too many things are left unsaid and I m glad I had good teachers to guide me through it The vocab is pretty pitiful and the constant mixing of Egyptian pronunciation with fusha gets downright annoying Lastly, every story is depressing in this book You would think everyone in the Arab world is depressed and focuses solely on their problems if you read this book.Thankfully, that s not true and this book is still helpful in navigating the tricky waters of Arabic as long as you have one of those teachers who is unlike the Arabs portrayed here and they re plentiful


  3. Conrad Conrad says:

    This book is absolutely maddening It doesn t define most of the Arabic words you re supposed to learn, it just uses them in hopes that you ll get the meaning from context That might be a nice approach if you have tons of time to watch every second of the DVDs, but personally, I d rather just memorize and be done with it The layout can be confusing, too No wonder there were only two FBI agents who spoke Arabic before 9 11 This was, and is, the most widely used English language textbook for l This book is absolutely maddening It doesn t define most of the Arabic words you re supposed to learn, it just uses them in hopes that you ll get the meaning from context That might be a nice approach if you have tons of time to watch every second of the DVDs, but personally, I d rather just memorize and be done with it The layout can be confusing, too No wonder there were only two FBI agents who spoke Arabic before 9 11 This was, and is, the most widely used English language textbook for learning it And it s awful Alif Baa by the same people was good, but this just doesn t work


  4. Alisha Lakhani Alisha Lakhani says:

    Although this is a decent book for studying Arabic with the support of a teacher, If I were to embark on a quest to learn Arabic independently I would struggle a lot For one, the grammar is learnt erratically, you learn one form of the present tense I during the first few chapters however you encounter the other forms much later on, which leads to confusion as you have to unlearn information to understandAdditionally, none of the reading texts are vowelised which does not aid the enuncia Although this is a decent book for studying Arabic with the support of a teacher, If I were to embark on a quest to learn Arabic independently I would struggle a lot For one, the grammar is learnt erratically, you learn one form of the present tense I during the first few chapters however you encounter the other forms much later on, which leads to confusion as you have to unlearn information to understandAdditionally, none of the reading texts are vowelised which does not aid the enunciation and pronunciation of new words Additionally, most of the initial vocabulary doesn t help conduct conversation, for example why is United Nations taught in the first couple of chapters butimportant vocabulary is not converted until very later on


  5. Tara Tara says:

    as if learning arabic wasnt hard enough already a pretty crappy textbook, poorly organized, but love love love the story of Maha and her sad sad life.


  6. Neil R. Coulter Neil R. Coulter says:

    In my first Arabic class, we worked through the first book in this textbook series, and I found it very helpful in learning the Arabic alphabet and some basic initial vocabulary and grammar But this second textbookit s still helpful, but it seemsdifficult and frustrating than it ought to be Here are a few reasons VocabularyThe new words in each lesson come from a series of stories about Maha, a university student in New York Because of this, the vocabulary sometimes seems odd In my first Arabic class, we worked through the first book in this textbook series, and I found it very helpful in learning the Arabic alphabet and some basic initial vocabulary and grammar But this second textbookit s still helpful, but it seemsdifficult and frustrating than it ought to be Here are a few reasons VocabularyThe new words in each lesson come from a series of stories about Maha, a university student in New York Because of this, the vocabulary sometimes seems odd for example, learning the Arabic word for United Nations in the first lesson I felt like I wasn t learning some key terms that I needed at the time when I most needed them DialectsI m still very timid about my Arabic comprehension, and reading fluency, spelling, and pronunciation are still slow and limited So it was not helpful for me to have to start thinking about Egyptian and Levantine dialects as well as MSA at this early stage The online supplementary exercises a core part of this textbook requires listening to at least one of the dialects, and for me, this was just extra busywork that I didn t need Online exercisesI m glad that the textbook includes audio visual exercises and other drills on the companion website However, I often felt that the website exercises were needlessly tedious The first exercises in each lesson are dictation listening to long sentences that include new vocabulary words, and writing down the sentences Especially early in the textbook, this was very hard for me, and having to transcribe a set of 20 sentences was a really difficult and uninspiring way to begin each lesson Also, the whole website has a very Web 1.0 feel The UI is not at all intuitive in current ways, and so using the website was not a pleasure.Eventhan with the first textbook, this one demands a teacher who can guide you through it and help you understand the important pointsintuitively I was blessed to have a wonderful teacher, and so her classes became my primary means of learning, with the textbook as a supplement I do not think this textbook would be suitable for self study A future edition could be excellent the raw material is mostly all here but it needs a major revision


  7. Zoe Zoe says:

    This book will teach you Arabic, but you won t enjoy it.I get the impression that this book is intended for the perfect student not just the A student who works hard and has experience in studying languages, but the student who has endless time on his hands and remembers every word after seeing it once.It often seems that the authors have gone out of their way to make this book as difficult as possible, based perhaps on the premise that students are lazy and will take advantage of any crutches This book will teach you Arabic, but you won t enjoy it.I get the impression that this book is intended for the perfect student not just the A student who works hard and has experience in studying languages, but the student who has endless time on his hands and remembers every word after seeing it once.It often seems that the authors have gone out of their way to make this book as difficult as possible, based perhaps on the premise that students are lazy and will take advantage of any crutches they provide Maybe they re right But I m not convinced that taking away the basic supports leads students to try harder than they otherwise would it may just make the whole process slower and lead to increased levels of frustration.A case in point the table of contents is almost entirely in Arabic, in a book for beginning students who have just learned the alphabet Will they struggle through the list of Arabic words when they re trying to find that grammar explanation from a few weeks ago, or will it be both faster and easier to flip through the pages until they happen across the section they re looking for From personal experience, I can say it s the latter.The grammar explanations themselves aren t always easy to understand The example sentences tend to be full of the current chapter s vocabulary, which was often seen for the first time only days before Of course, the ideal student will have memorized all of the new vocabulary immediately The average student willlikely miss the point of the sentences, or at least waste time flipping through the glossary that could be better spent actively studying.It doesn t help that the grammar explanations use Arabic words whenever possible, and that these grammatical terms aren t listed in the main vocabulary to be memorized for each chapter Instead, each chapter has a list of additional words at the end, without the convenience of their meanings So again, time is spent flipping through the book to find these words, and they re ultimately not learned as well as the words in the main vocabulary The result is that the grammar sections become harder and harder to follow.To increase the student s frustration further, almost the only reading passages in the book are authentic i.e., not written with the beginning student in mind The idea is that the student will pick out the few familiar words from a paragraph, thereby gaining an understanding of the basic idea Besides the fact that this doesn t work at all if you happen to forget one of the key words, it s just not satisfying to read only passages that are too advanced for your current level There s no sense of accomplishment at all.The book does have some good points it comes with multiple DVDs, so the student can get plenty of practice in listening to the language, and I found that everything seemed a lot clearer when I read through it again before beginning my second year course As I was actually working through this book, though, I have to say I found it pretty painful


  8. William William says:

    This book offers a decent introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, but the authors tend to introduce words in with conjugated participle form, only later explaining the core grammatical concepts that underlie these surface forms It is surprising to me that a textbook on Arabic would not explain the triliteral consonant root verb form pattern relationship until the final third of the textbook Knowing this from the start would greatly simplify the process of learning the language My other This book offers a decent introduction to Modern Standard Arabic, but the authors tend to introduce words in with conjugated participle form, only later explaining the core grammatical concepts that underlie these surface forms It is surprising to me that a textbook on Arabic would not explain the triliteral consonant root verb form pattern relationship until the final third of the textbook Knowing this from the start would greatly simplify the process of learning the language My other criticism is the tendency of speakers to slip into Egyptian accent dialect on the included DVD, this needlessly complicates the learning process


  9. Alexandra Alexandra says:

    One of the best books to learn Arabic from Of course it s not good enough to allow you to learn it on your own without prior knowledge of the language, but when used together with class, it s great It has excellent explanations of how to pronounce the various sounds, how to write the letters, and gives various lessons on cultures and the difference between dialects.FYIIt is Egyptian dialect If you want to learn Arabic, classical is best But Egyptian is the second most recognized dialects One of the best books to learn Arabic from Of course it s not good enough to allow you to learn it on your own without prior knowledge of the language, but when used together with class, it s great It has excellent explanations of how to pronounce the various sounds, how to write the letters, and gives various lessons on cultures and the difference between dialects.FYIIt is Egyptian dialect If you want to learn Arabic, classical is best But Egyptian is the second most recognized dialects since most of the Arab movies come from Egypt


  10. Smuel Mackereth Smuel Mackereth says:

    This book, whilst good in its pace and layout, presents an overly complicated and unnecessarily difficult method of exercises and information to students on anything but an intensive course Grammatical rules and vocabulary are hard to find and the book often introduces grammar and vocabulary in exercises rather than lists and explanations, whilst this is undoubtedly partly due to the alphabetical divide and english instructions the overall effect is confusing and makes the book difficult to use This book, whilst good in its pace and layout, presents an overly complicated and unnecessarily difficult method of exercises and information to students on anything but an intensive course Grammatical rules and vocabulary are hard to find and the book often introduces grammar and vocabulary in exercises rather than lists and explanations, whilst this is undoubtedly partly due to the alphabetical divide and english instructions the overall effect is confusing and makes the book difficult to use without teaching


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Al-Kitaab Fii Ta'allum Al-'arabiyya/A Textbook For Beginning Arabic, Part 1 [With DVD] ❴Reading❵ ➾ Al-Kitaab Fii Ta'allum Al-'arabiyya/A Textbook For Beginning Arabic, Part 1 [With DVD] Author Kristen Brustad – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Al Kitaab Part One is the second book in the Al Kitaab Arabic language program and is now available in an extensively revised and reorganized third edition This book with its companion website develop Al Kitaab Part One Ta'allum Al-'arabiyya/A Kindle Ò is the second book in the Al Kitaab Arabic language program and is now available in an extensively revised and reorganized third edition This book with its companion website develops skills in formal and colloquial Arabic, including reading, listening, speaking, writing, and cultural knowledge, integrating materials in colloquial and formal written Arabic It provides a comprehensive program for students in the early stages of learning ArabicFEATURES Four color design throughout the book with overillustrations and photographs Color coded words and phrases throughout to easily follow the variety or varieties of Arabic you want to Al-Kitaab Fii Epub / activate Egyptian, Levantine, or formal Arabic Introduces overvocabulary words in all three forms of Arabic side by side Presents the story of Maha and Khalid in Egyptian, and now Nasreen and Tariq in Levantine, in addition to Maha and Khalid in formal Arabic Expanded grammar explanations and activation drills, including discussions about colloquial and formal similarities and differences New video dialogues from everyday life in both Egyptian and Levantine to reinforce vocabulary in culturally rich contexts Develops reading comprehension skills with new authentic texts Reinforces learning through extensive classroom activities and homework exercises that provide constant review Includes Arabic Fii Ta'allum Al-'arabiyya/A PDF ´ English and English Arabic glossaries, reference charts, and a grammar index Reduced fromchapters tochapters, the course now closely corresponds to two semesters of college study with an average of contact hours per week Textbook includes a convenient DVD with the basic audio and video materials no interactive exercises for offline study that will play in iTunes and compatible MP players New companion website sold separately alkitaabtextbook features fully integrated interactive, self correcting exercises, all the audio and video materials, and additional online course management and grading options for teachers Al Kitaab Part One, Third Edition providescontact classroom hours with approximatelyhomework hours Students who complete Part One should reach an intermediate mid level of proficiency.