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.