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Arabic for Dummies

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Regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn for native English speakers by the U.S. State Department, Arabic is gaining both prominence and importance in America. Recent world events have brought more and more Americans and other English speakers into contact with Arabic-speaking populations, and governments and businesses are increasingly aware of the importa ...more
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Published May 23rd 2011 by For Dummies (first published January 1st 2006)
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Reading again. Want to build my Arabic skills back up and better, but this really isn't cutting it. Anyone know a speaker who'd offer tutoring?
Fred Kohn
This book didn't work for me at all. I suppose it might be OK for an international traveler wanting to pick up some Arabic in a hurry. The emphasis was on vocabulary and common phrases. I was more interested in grammar and word construction, and there wasn't much of that. Most annoying was the unacceptable number of mistakes in the transliteration of Arabic characters into Latin characters: words in the wrong order, the wrong word transliterated, words left out, and sometimes even the wrong symb ...more
Batool Al-Saeedi
It does not teach Arabic exactly, but gives some idea about it.
Arabic is my mother language. I read this book just to see haw non-Arabic speakers can learn this difficult language.
I can say that the book is easy and interesting. However, it's like the first step in gaining the language but not mastering it (mastering a language needs a lot of practice. you can't get it by reading only)
Another comment is that there are some slight mistakes in translation and in other things.
Overall, I like it and
Overall, this is a good, easy to read overview of the Arabic language. No, you will not be fluent in Arabic after reading it, but you will have a good reference on its alphabet, grammar, terms, and common word usages. In addition, it adds some helpful tips on common Arab customs and on travel to Arab countries.

I found it a useful companion to the Rosetta Arabic language learning software, which provides very little structured information on Arabic alphabet or grammar.
Margaret Cunningham
Fantastic reference guide to the very basic Arabic for a monolingual Scots lass such as myself. As expected with attempting to learn any language, the very basic of greetings taken from this guide were often met with laughter from my Arab friends. If only the guide had a section on the regional variations of Arabic.
Kea Grace
Solid, basic overview presented in easy-to-digest chunks.
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