Category Archives: Book reviews

Top 10 Free Levantine Arabic Resources (and a few more besides…)

In no particular order, here are my 10 favourite online resources for learning the spoken Arabic of the Levant (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Israel and Syria). Below are a bonus few recommendations of resources you can buy, too. 1. Jordanian Arabic … Continue reading

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Nuqta – Arabic typography and calligraphy online

Sorry – no posts for weeks and then two in one day! Will try to get back into a more consistent routine… As I’ve said before, please do get in touch if you’d like to blog with me on this … Continue reading

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Books for not quite beginners

These are my recommendations of students of Arabic who have learnt a little, perhaps in a short course, and want to continue independently. Before tackling these books, you’ll probably want to have learnt to read and write, got to grips … Continue reading

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Ahlan wa sahlan (book review)

This coursebook comes recommended to me by a teacher at Manchester university, although I’ve actually not used it yet myself. I’ll do a proper write-up when I’ve received a review copy but I did want to share some useful information … Continue reading

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Read and Speak Arabic (book review)

Brilliant course for total beginners, combining an introduction to the script and forming simple sentences, but also to essential phrases for communicating in an Arabic speaking country, such as in a cafe, asking directions, introducing yourself. It includes a CD … Continue reading

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From nothing to GCSE

Books and DVDs to take you (or your students) from no Arabic at all to GCSE. More detailed reviews coming shortly. * Read and Speak Arabic – by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar * First 100 Words in Arabic – … Continue reading

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First 1000 Words in Arabic (book review)

Lovely picture book with labels for everything you can think of in the world around you – all in Arabic without vowel markers but with the transliteration below to help you pronounce them. The vocabulary is Standard Arabic so is … Continue reading

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