Experience significant results in a remarkably short period of time - without books, drills, memorizing, or homework. In this five-hour intermediate level audio course, Michel Thomas Method teachers Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar introduce over 600 new words and everyday phrases and the tools to allow you to create thousands more through the application of simple rules for building more words for concepts, people, places, adjectives and verbs etc. Learning alongside two genuine students, you will acquire essential language building blocks which allow you to increase your vocabulary in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out answers for yourself.What's the added plus?Unlike most vocabulary courses which give you lists of words to memorise, the Michel Thomas Method baser-Vocabulary Builder+ allows you to further extend your vocabulary by taking advantage of the logical construction of Arabic, in which by altering words in predictable ways (e.g. by mimicking word patterns or adding regular prefixes and suffixes), you will exponentially build up your knowledge and understanding of the language.Who is this course for?Whether you have learned from other Michel Thomas courses or are simply looking for a new approach to help improve your proficiency, the Arabic Vocabulary Builder+ will introduce you to a unique way of acquiring language that will significantly boost your confidence in your ability to speak, listen to and understand Arabic. The course teaches Egyptian Arabic, as this variety is understood throughout the Arabic-speaking world owing to its dissemination through film and popular culture.This course contains an MP3-CD and CD-ROM. The MP3-CD can be played on MP3-compatible CD players and can easily be transferred to your MP3 player.
Jane Wightwick is an experienced teacher of Arabic and author and publisher of Arabic-teaching materials. Mahmoud Gaafar worked for the United Nations and Radio Cairo and now authors print, radio and TV resources for the Arab world.
INTRODUCTION Part 1: Arabic root system and word patterns Overview of Arabic roots: three root sounds How to identify the root Word patterns Descriptive words (adjectives) * The 'kareem' pattern * The 'kasbaan' pattern * The 'maHmood' pattern * The 'kuwaiti' pattern Comparing: the 'ashraf' pattern Places: the 'madrasa' pattern Professions: the 'fallaaH' pattern Instruments: the 'muftaaH' pattern Experts: the 'shagh-gheel' pattern Part 2: Plurals External * -een ('fallaaHeen') * -aat ('sandawitchaat') Internal * The 'bunook' pattern * The 'ahraam' pattern * The 'kutub' pattern * The 'gimaal' pattern * The 'falaafil' pattern * The 'Oh la la!' pattern Part 3: Arabic verbs Present/future stems * shrab drink * fham understand * ktib write * dris study * ftaH open * lcab play * shoof see * rooH go * zoor visit * Tbukh cook Past stems * shirib drank * fihim understood * katab wrote * daras studied * fataH opened * licib played * shaaf/shuf saw * raaH/ruH went * zaar/zur visited * Tabakh cooked Verb varieties (forms) * Introduction * The 'fahhim' variety * The 'it' variety ('itkallim') * Recognizing other varieties * the 'muHammad' pattern Part 4: Two common roots r/k/b the 'riding' root * yirkab/rikib (to ride, eg bus, horse) * raakib (riding, passenger) * rakkeeb (expert rider) * markoob (a mount, donkey + archaic 'pair of shoes'!) * markib, maraakib (boat) * marakbi (boatman) * yirakkib (cause to ride, to mount, to fix), also cheat at cards * yitrakkib (to be fixed) kh/r/g the 'exiting' root * yukhrug/kharag (to exit, go out) * makhrag (exit, way out, place of exit) * khaarig (going out) * yitkharrag (to graduate) * mitkharrag min (a graduate of) * yistakhrag (to extract - to seek to take out?) * mustakhrig (extractor) * mustakhrag (extracted) * mukhrig (director [of film]) CONCLUSION