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Arabiyyat al-Naas (Part One)
An Introductory Course in Arabic

ISBN 9780415516938
Published October 11, 2013 by Routledge
408 Pages

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Book Description

‘Arabiyyat al-Naas (Part One) offers a groundbreaking introduction to Arabic as it is written and spoken by native speakers. It combines a progressive and rigorous grounding in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) – the form employed for reading, writing and formal speaking – with an innovative integration of the spoken Levantine variety used in everyday situations in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Introducing the two simultaneously ‘Arabiyyat al Naas (Part One) uses each in its proper context: Levantine for conversations and MSA for reading and writing activities. In this way, the course efficiently prepares students for the practical realities of learning and "living" Arabic today.

Features include:

  • 21 theme-based units covering all the core topics expected in a first-year Arabic course, such as countries, clothes, colors, family and professions
  • a broad range of stimulating activities and exercises fostering active engagement with the course and the development of comprehension and communication skills
  • comprehensively covers the 5 Cs: communication, culture, connections, comparisons and communities
  • free downloadable resources filmed on location in Jordan, presenting over 40 videos and incorporating a wide variety of entertaining and realistic scenarios
  • a free companion website ( offering a wealth of additional instructor and student resources, including a teacher’s guide, an introduction to the letters and sounds of Arabic (with audiovisual aid and writing demonstrations), audio recordings of songs and listening passages, video clips, sample tests, an answer key and language games
  • clear explanations of grammatical structures and concepts as they occur in the reading and listening materials to encourage progressive learning and active interaction with the text
  • a user-friendly and vibrant full colour text design, richly illustrated throughout with over 200 illustrations and photographs
  • songs with simple lyrics tied to the themes of the course to help advance vocabulary acquisition and understanding of basic grammatical structures.

Written by a dynamic author team and tested over a number of years at Cornell University, ‘Arabiyyat al-Naas (Part One) will be an essential resource for students beginning to learn Arabic. While primarily designed for classroom use, the accessibility of the course and website also renders it highly suitable for independent study. The materials are designed to bring students from the novice low level to the intermediate low level on the ACTFL scale (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages), and from A1 to A2/B1 on the CEFR scale (Common European Framework Reference).

This volume is the first in an exciting three-part series of Arabic textbooks which together provide a complete three-year undergraduate language program.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Arabic Letters and Numbers 2. Introductory Themes 3. At the Airport 4. Taxi and the Hotel 5. Passport and Travel 6. Eating in the Restaurant 7. Housing 8. Buying things for the Kitchen 9. Buying Clothing 10. Study 11. Professions 12. Eating 13. Transport 14. Weather 15. Sports and Hobbies 16. Visiting places in Jordan 17. Palestine 18. Lebanon 19. Syria 20. Egypt 21. Impressions Arabic-English Glossary Grammar Index

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Munther Younes is Reis Senior Lecturer of Arabic Language and Linguistics and Director of the Arabic Program in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University, USA.

Makda Weatherspoon is a Lecturer in Arabic Language in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University, USA, where she is the Coordinator of the Elementary Arabic Program.

Maha Saliba Foster is a Lecturer of Arabic in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Denver, USA. Prior to that, she taught Arabic at Colorado College and the Air Force Academy.


'This program is a bold, honest, and compelling presentation of how Arabic is actually used by native speakers. It is thoughtfully presented by seasoned and passionate Arabic teachers and will take the novice Arabic language student to the solid Intermediate Mid level in all four language skills.'  Maher Awad, Senior Lecturer of Arabic, Certified ACTFL & ILR Tester, Rice University, US

'A truly excellent textbook; comprehensive in its coverage of language skills; uses wide-ranging and up to date material; a good balance between classical and contemporary material; coherent across units and focused in each lesson. Choice of material is careful, closely matching the use of Arabic in social context and maintaining a good balance between narratives, news reports and current affairs. The icing on the cake for me is the element of humour that runs throughout the passages and dialogues. The language learner and the teacher will find this material a joy to work with.' Enam Al-Wer, University of Essex, UK

'Arabiyyat al-Naas is a game-changing series that embodies a pioneering approach to Arabic language teaching and learning. By integrating formal and colloquial Arabic, Arabiyyat al-Naas presents the language as it is used in real life. The demand for this approach is now increasing exponentially around the world. Arabiyyat al-Naas is the result of years of creative thinking and innovative teaching.' Jeremy Palmer, American University of Sharjah, UAE

‘‘Arabiyyat al-Naas is one of the best Arabic books that I have ever encountered. I have waited for years for this type of book, and it is finally here. This book teaches the Arabic spoken and formal languages. Could you imagine teaching your foreign student the written language and the colloquial at the same time? Usually, Arabic textbooks only teach one colloquial language. So, you may ask, which colloquial language does ‘Arabiyyat al-Naas teach? All of them! Each chapter the actor/hero/player travels to a new Arabic country and talks with the people in their colloquial day-to-day language native to that country. Then she goes and writes in her diary about her experiences and what she learned from that culture. The conversations are absolutely wonderful and sometimes funny. Students will learn to read and speak both dialects without too much trouble. I highly recommend this book to any institution, university, and especially government employees who want to pass their OPI, ACE, DLPT and other standardized tests. I highly encourage all the Arabic teachers in the US and world to use this long waited book. This three level book includes videos, translated conversations, varieties of fun, unique and challenging exercises, friendly pictures and many many more. ‘Arabiyyat al-Naas is the answer to the questions asked in every educational conference meeting: which Arabic dialect should we teach, should teachers teach colloquial  at the same time with the formal language, is it possible that formal and dialect could be taught at the same time? Finally,  thanks to all who participated in creating this long awaited fabulous book." Ferial Demy, Washington D.C. - Arabic Instructor at Diplomatic Language Services