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Arabic For Dummies von Bouchentouf, Amine (eBook)

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Arabic For Dummies

Start reading and speaking Arabic Arabic For Dummies helps readers start speaking Modern Standard Arabic in no time. Whether you're a student, traveler, or work in business or government, you'll find this title to be packed with practical lessons, cultural facts, and handy references. Inside, you'll find guidance on basic grammar, as well as the necessary vocabulary to make introductions and greetings, use proper etiquette, make small talk, make transportation arrangements, order food and beverages, ask directions, deal with money, shop, access recreation, and handle an emergency. Features new and revised content Offers a revamped, user-friendly design to both pedagogy and organization Includes expanded coverage of grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations Get free access to conversational audio tracks online
If you want to start speaking Arabic, this go-to book is packed with practical instruction, cultural facts, and handy references you won't want to be without! Amine Bouchentouf is a native Arabic speaker from Morocco. He helped launch a year-round Arabic department at Middlebury College in Vermont, expanding upon the pre-existing, well-regarded Arabic Summer Program. He also designs, structures, and teaches beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses through the ABC Language Exchange Program in New York.


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    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781119475484
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Arabic For Dummies

Chapter 1
The Arabic You Already Know


Recognizing what you may already know

Introducing the Arabic alphabet

Talking Arabic like the locals

Getting acquainted with everyday Arabic

Let me ( mar .hah.ba) ( welcome ) you to the wonderful world of Arabic! Arabic is the official language of 27 countries and is spoken by more than 420 million people across the globe. It's the language in which the Quran, the Holy Book in Islam, was revealed and written, and a large majority of the more than 1.3 billion Muslims across the world study Arabic in order to read the Quran and to fulfill their religious duties. By speaking Arabic, you get access to people and places from Morocco to Indonesia.

In this chapter, I ease you into Arabic by showing you some familiar English words that trace their roots to Arabic. You discover the Arabic alphabet and its beautiful letters, and I give you tips on how to pronounce those letters so that you can sound like a native speaker. Part of exploring a new language is discovering a new culture and a new way of looking at things, so in this first chapter of the third edition of Arabic For Dummies, you begin your discovery of Arabic and its unique characteristics, including the fact that it's written from right to left!
Taking Stock of What's Familiar

If English is your primary language, part of grasping a new ( lu. ghah) ( language ) is creating connections between the (ka.li. mat ) ( words ) of the language, in this case Arabic and English. You may be surprised to hear that quite a few English words trace their origins to Arabic. For example, did you know that "magazine,""candy," and "coffee" are actually Arabic words? Table 1-1 lists some familiar English words with Arabic origins.

TABLE 1-1 Arabic Origins of English Words


Arabic Origin

Arabic Meaning


( a .mir al- bahr )

ruler of the sea


(al. kuhul )

a mixture of powdered antimony


(al. qub .bah)

a dome or arch


(al. jabr )

to reduce or consolidate


(al.ma. nakh )

a calendar


(dar as.si. lah)

house of weapons


(al.la.za. ward )

lapis lazuli


( suk .kar al. qa .sab)

cane sugar


( qah .wah)






(ik. sir )

philosopher's stone


(gha. zal )






(al. makh. zan)

a storehouse

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