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.
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.
Introduction 1 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 Index 351