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Arabic For Dummies

Amine Bouchentouf

ISBN: 978-1-118-05278-5

May 2011

384 pages

Select type: E-Book



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 importance of basic Arabic language skills. Arabic for Dummies provides you with a painless and fun way to start communicating in Arabic.

Why should you learn Arabic? Well, besides the fact that over 200 million people in more than 22 nations use it to communicate, there are tons of reasons to get up to speed this 1,400 year old language, including:

  • Nearly all of the Middle-East speaks Arabic or one of its dialects
  • Basic Arabic skills are extremely useful for anyone traveling to, doing business in, or serving in the Middle East
  • It is the language in which the Koran is written
  • There is a rich, centuries-old literary tradition in Arabic

Arabic For Dummies presents the language in the classic, laid-back For Dummies style. Taking a relaxed approach to this difficult language, it’s packed with practice dialogues and communication tips that will have you talking the talk in no time. You’ll get the scoop on:

  • The Arabic alphabet, pronunciation, basic grammar, and the rules of transliteration
  • The history of the language and information on classical Arabic and its dialects
  • 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

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.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.


Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: You Already Know a Little Arabic.

Chapter 2: The Nitty-Gritty: Basic Arabic Grammar.

Chapter 3: ‘as-salaamu ‘alaykum!: Greetings and Introductions.

Part II: Arabic in Action.

Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk.

Chapter 5: This Is Delicious! Eating In and Dining Out.

Chapter 6: Going Shopping.

Chapter 7: Around Town.

Chapter 8: Enjoying Yourself: Recreation.

Chapter 9: Talking on the Phone.

Chapter 10: At the Office and Around the House.

Part III: Arabic on the Go.

Chapter 11: Money, Money, Money.

Chapter 12: Asking for Directions.

Chapter 13: Staying at a Hotel.

Chapter 14: Getting from Here to There: Transportation.

Chapter 15: Planning a Trip.

Chapter 16: Handling an Emergency.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Pick Up Arabic Quickly.

Chapter 18: Ten Things You Should Never Do in an Arab Country.

Chapter 19: Ten Favorite Arabic Expressions.

Chapter 20: Ten Great Arabic Proverbs.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Verb Tables.

Appendix B: Arabic-English Mini-Dictionary.

Appendix C: Answer Key.

Appendix D: About the CD.