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Speed up your Arabic

Strategies to Avoid Common Errors, 1st Edition

By Sebastian Maisel


224 pages

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Paperback: 9780415660556
pub: 2015-03-23
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Pronunciation, spelling, the concept of roots and patterns and idomatic phrases are just some of the areas that cause confusion for students of Arabic. Learning how to avoid the common errors that arise repeatedly in these areas is an essential step in successful language learning.

Speed Up Your Arabic is a unique and innovative resource that identifies and explains the most commonly made errors, enabling students to learn from their mistakes and enhance their understanding of the Arabic language.

Each of the nine chapters focuses on a grammatical category where English speakers typically make mistakes in Arabic. Each chapter is divided into sections that classify the concepts and errors into subcategories. Full explanations are provided throughout with clear, comprehensive examples and exercises to help the learner gain an in-depth understanding of Arabic grammar and usage.

Key features:

  • Carefully selected grammar topics and examples based on the most commonly made errors
  • Comprehensive explanations of the most difficult grammar points help learners gain an in-depth understanding of Arabic grammar and usage.
  • Exercises throughout reinforce learning and link theory to practice
  • A complete answer key making it ideal for self-study
  • A glossary of grammatical terms, an Arabic-English glossary and a bibliography to aid learning
  • Useful drills and listening samples available for free download at http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415660556/

Suitable both for classroom use or self-study, Speed Up Your Arabic is the ideal resource for all intermediate learners of Arabic wishing to refine their language skills.

Table of Contents

Introduction Glossary of Grammatical Terms 1. Pronunciation 2. Spelling 3. Roots and Patterns 4. Nouns and Adjectives 5. ‘iraab: Speaking Arabic Properly 6. Verbs 7. Word Order and Sentence Structure 8. Numbers 9. Phrases, Idioms and other Keywords Appendix: Answer key to exercises Arabic-English glossary Bibliography

About the Author

Sebastian Maisel is Associate Professor for Arabic and Middle East Studies at Grand Valley State University, USA.

About the Series

Speed up your Language Skills

The Speed Up Your Language Skills series publishes innovative, high quality textbooks focusing on common errors as an effective tool to improve one’s skills in a foreign language. Such errors are often either driven by linguistic transfer from English or caused by common misperceptions about the grammatical structure of a foreign language.

The primary objectives of the series are to explain and illustrate in context the most common errors made by English-speaking students in a foreign language and to classify them in easy-to-reference categories. Students can thus learn the appropriate usage of words and expressions and understand the reasons why they persistently make the same mistakes. The inclusion of exercises, shortcuts, mnemonic devices and much-needed strategies, not usually seen in conventional grammar books, facilitates vocabulary acquisition and mastery of essential grammatical elements.

Books in the series are intended as primary or supplementary texts at the intermediate and advanced levels. Due to its self-explanatory approach and user-friendly format, the series is also recommended for self-learners who wish to "speed up" their language skills. Proposals for the series will be welcomed by the Series Editor.

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