Category Archives: Book reviews

Your First 100 Words in Arabic (book review)

Lovely book for learning fun vocab and getting familiar with reading printed Arabic. It’s great for total beginners, combining printed exercises and games with a CD of interactive exercises, but in terms of structures it won’t teach you to form … Continue reading

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BBC Talk Arabic (book review)

This course is excellent for speaking and listening, and, as the whole book is in transliteration (ie. in Roman alphabet, not in Arabic script), it’s handy for a traveller to the Arabic world who hasn’t got time to learn the … Continue reading

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McGraw Hill bonus listening material online

Most of the best beginners’ Arabic courses available in the US and UK are by the formidable duo Mahmoud Gaafar and Jane Wightwick, and produced by McGraw Hill. Many books come with CDs, but for those that don’t, the lovely … Continue reading

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Usborne Quicklinks: beginners’ Arabic vocab with pronunciation

My students all share my love for the Usborne First 1000 Words in Arabic (a series which covers dozens of other languages), and now we’re all delighted to discover that the Usborne website also has audio files for all of … Continue reading

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