This new edition, updated and with additional exercises, equips those who
work, travel, and study in Arab countries with an educated form of spoken
Arabic that functions flexibly in the face of various regional colloquial
variants in the Arab world.
Because the Arabic language has a number of very different spoken
vernaculars, being able to speak and be understood in all Arab countries
has become a challenge for English speakers. Ryding and Mehall have
designed a course that teaches a standardized variant of spoken Arabic that
is close to, but more natural than, the literary Modern Standard Arabic.
With a non-grammar-based approach, this book fosters communicative
competence in Arabic on all levels and develops speaking proficiency
without abandoning Arabic script. It has proven to be clear, effective, and
relevant to the needs of Americans living and working in the Arab East.
Task-based lessons feature basic dialogues between Americans and Arabs,
explanations of new structures, vocabulary expansion, and exercises; and
provide gradual access to the sounds and script of Arabic by emphasizing
listening and reading comprehension first, then slowly adding oral
exercises and activities until the student has achieved basic proficiency.
Not intended for self-instruction for beginners, Formal Spoken Arabic Basic
Course with MP3 Files assumes some previous knowledge of Modern Standard
Arabic, Arabic script and phonology, and previous or simultaneous
instruction in orthography. This new edition includes a CD of MP3 audio
exercises that are keyed to the text and drill students on listening and
Lessons cover topics including:
Heads of State
Cities and Countries
Systems of Government
Establishing Common Ground
Seeking and Giving Information
Personal Needs and Family
Bargaining and Buying