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Arabic For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-45510-4
384 pages
February 2013
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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.

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Table of Contents

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

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Author Information

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.

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