Synopses & Reviews
- Make sense of the Arabic alphabet, pronunciation, and grammar
- Understand and be understood when dining, shopping, and hanging out with your friends and family
- Communicate on the phone and in business conversations
Real-life conversations included on the bonus CD-ROM
The fast and easy way to learn to speak Modern Standard Arabic
Taking a straightforward and practical approach to this complex language, Arabic For Dummies, Second Edition is packed with practice dialogues and communication tips that will have you talking the talk in no time. Written by a native Arabic speaker, Arabic For Dummies, Second Edition is just what you need to start making yourself understood in Arabic.
- Arabic 101 find an easy-to-follow introduction to the Arabic script, the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet, the difference between consonants and vowels, and a thorough overview of Arabic grammatic and linguistic constructs
- Out and about discover the key words and phrases that allow you to interact with Arabic-speaking folks in a variety of different settings (such as in a restaurant, around town, at the office, or at a bank)
- Hit the road use your Arabic speaking skills to plan a trip, make a hotel reservation, check in to and out of your hotel, and much more
Open the book and find:
- The scoop on the Arabic alphabet
- Tips for tackling basic Arabic grammar
- Basic forms of greetings, words, and phrases
- How to make small talk and ask for basic info
- Guidance on planning a trip, finding a place to stay, and getting around
- How to tell time
- Ten ways to pick up Arabic quickly
- Tips for handling emergencies
Bonus CD Includes
Real-life conversations and practice opportunities See the appendix for details and complete system requirements.
Arabic For Dummies,
2nd Edition, helps readers start speaking Modern Standard Arabic in no time. Whether readers are students, travelers, or work in business or government, they’ll find this title to be packed with practical lessons, cultural facts, and handy references. Arabic For Dummies,
2nd Edition, provides guidance on basic grammar, as well as the necessary vocabulary to make introductions and greetings, use proper etiquette, make small talk, make transportation arrangements, order food and beverages, ask directions, deal with money, shop, access recreation, and handle an emergency. It features 25 percent new and revised content, including a revamped, user-friendly organization, design improvements to both pedagogy and organization, and a fully updated and expanded audio CD that includes real-life conversations.
It alsos include major updates in addition to all the necessary foundational information the Dummies reader needs in order to start reading, writing, and speaking Arabic, including expanded coverage of grammar, verb conjugations and pronunciations and a refreshed mini-dictionary complete with even more essential vocabulary.
The fast and easy way to learn to speak Modern Standard Arabic
Regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn for native English speakers, Arabic is gaining global prominence and importance. Recent world events have brought more and more English speakers into contact with Arabic-speaking populations, and governments and businesses are increasingly aware of the importance of basic Arabic language skills.
Arabic For Dummies presents the language in the classic For Dummies style. Taking a straightforward and practical approach to this complex language, it's packed with practice dialogues and communication tips that will have you talking the talk in no time.
- The Arabic alphabet, pronunciation, basic grammar, and the rules of transliteration
- The history of the language and information on classical Arabic and its dialects—focusing on Modern Standard Arabic
- How to make small talk and make yourself understood when dining, shopping, or traveling around town
- How to communicate on the phone and in business conversations
- Handy words and phrases for dealing with money, directions, hotels, transportation, and emergencies
- Arabic culture and etiquette, including ten things you should never do in Arabic countries
- Recognizing Arabic symbols and characters
- The book also includes an Arabic-English dictionary, verb tables, and an audio CD with dialogues from the book to help you perfect your pronunciation
Written by a native Arabic speaker who helped start a year-round Arabic department at Middlebury College, Arabic For Dummies is just what you need to start making yourself understood in Arabic.
CD-ROM and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
About the Author
Amine Bouchentouf, a native Arabic speaker from Morocco, graduated from Middlebury College where he offered a seminar on the Arabic language. He has also taught Arabic at the ABC Language Exchange and the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He runs the website www. AL-BAAB.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started 7
Chapter 1: The Arabic You Already Know 9
Chapter 2: Taking a Closer Look at the Arabic Alphabet 19
Chapter 3: Tackling Basic Arabic Grammar 31
Chapter 4: Getting Started with Basic Expressions 59
Chapter 5: Getting Your Numbers, Dates, and Measurements Straight 71
Chapter 6: At the Office and Around the House 79
Part II: Arabic in Action 95
Chapter 7: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 97
Chapter 8: Asking Directions and Finding Your Way 109
Chapter 9: This Is Delicious! Eating In and Dining Out 121
Chapter 10: Going Shopping 141
Chapter 11: Hitting the Town 161
Chapter 12: Taking Care of Business and Telecommunicating 183
Chapter 13: Enjoying Yourself: Recreation, Music, and the Outdoors 197
Part III: Arabic on the Go 209
Chapter 14: Planning a Trip 211
Chapter 15: Dealing with Money in a Foreign Land 229
Chapter 16: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 245
Chapter 17: Finding a Place to Stay 267
Chapter 18: Handling Emergencies 289
Part IV: The Part of Tens 299
Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Pick Up Arabic Quickly 301
Chapter 20: Ten Favorite Arabic Expressions 305
Chapter 21: Ten Great Arabic Proverbs 311
Part V: Appendixes 315
Appendix A: Minidictionaries 317
Appendix B: Verb Tables 331
Appendix C: Answer Key 343
Appendix D: On the CD 349