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Title: Formal Spoken Arabic FAST Course with MP3 Files
Written By: Abdelnour Zaiback
Karin C Ryding
URL: http://press.georgetown.edu/detail.html?id=1589011066
Series Title: Georgetown Classics in Arabic Language and Linguistics
Description:

This Arabic language-learning classic is now enhanced with a bound-in CD of
MP3 files. Designed to provide beginners in Arabic with maximum linguistic
and cultural exposure in a short period (about 100 hours of contact time),
this book consists of sixteen lessons with dialogs and exercises dealing
with day-to-day scenarios: greeting people, getting a taxi, making phone
calls, asking directions, discussing the weather, and effectively
communicating with police and duty officers. The lessons help the reader to
navigate situations at gas stations, marketplaces, restaurants, and in
their own households.

Formal Spoken Arabic (FSA) is a kind of lingua franca that is more natural
than speaking Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), the literary form of the
language. FSA uses the shared features of the various urban colloquial
dialects, defaulting to Levantive (terms common to Lebanon, Syria, and
Jordan) where the spoken dialects diverge. Each lesson includes cultural
notes on American-Arab interactions, notes on learner strategies for
managing Arabic conversations with a limited amount of language, and
grammar explanations in clear, non-technical language. Although the main
dialogue for each lesson is presented in Arabic script, transcriptions are
used to accelerate spoken performance. The FAST Course includes grammatical
explanations, English-Arabic and Arabic-English glossaries, appendices
listing common idioms, courtesy expressions and other useful terms,
instructor's notes, and drills aided and accompanied by the CD.

Originally created for diplomats, this is an expanded and enhanced edition
of a work originally developed by the U.S. State Department as a six-week
intensive, or "FAST" (Familiarization and Short-Term) course, and is easily
adaptable for students in Middle East area studies. Travelers heading for
posts in the Arab world who quickly need to gain a basic ability to
converse in day-to-day situations will find Formal Spoken Arabic FAST
Course an invaluable companion.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Lexicography
Subject Language(s): Arabic, South Levantine
Arabic, North Levantine
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1589011066
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 248
Prices: U.S. $ 39.95