Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners

by Jane Wightwick & Mahmood Gaafar514ElCqFvIL._SX258_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_
McGraw Hill, 2010, paperback & CD, second edition
ISBN 978-0071729665
Rating: ✭✭✭✭

This is a package deal for someone starting out—book and CD. That’s Mahmood Gaafar on the CD, but not Jane Wightwick. I do like the sound of the woman, whoever she is. I think her voice reminds me of Melina Mercouri, which is a tad crazy, not the least because Mercouri was Greek.

The book is very unstuffy: games, drawings,  photographs, and eight pages of game cards and flash cards to cut out and play with.  Seven topics covered: What’s your name?, Where are you from?, What’s this?, Where is it?, What’s it like?, How do I get there?, Who’s this? and What do you do? There are two pages in the back on the alphabet and Arabic script, but I think I would want to have a little bit of practice before wading in here—the first hour or two might be a bit of a steep learning curve, although as you go through the book it’s nice gentle journey through various points of grammar.  Answers in the back.

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