This is a ten day course for folks going on a short Middle East jaunt. You can download a free coursebook at http://www.teachyourselfextra.com which is useful and nicely expands on the material in the booklet which comes with the CD. It’s a Teach Yourself product, which puts it in direct competition with another Teach Yourself offering, by Jack Smart and Frances Altorfer, who produced Complete Arabic. Which I did not particularly like.
So here, one interesting thing is that the listener is asked not just to parrot back words and phrases, but to actually think a bit and therefore do a tiny bit of analysis. This is going to help info stick. Another is that in places, two choices for a bit of vocabulary are given, in order to make the course useful no matter where in the Arabic speaking world you are going.
I am a fan of Jane Wightwick, as briefly expounded on in the review of the Michel Thomas method. The English here is spoken by a woman, and the hand of Wightwick in the script is obvious: it’s her conversational style. I actually have a conspiracy theory: I think that the voice belongs to Wightwick even though it is higher and a little more sing-song than Wightwick’s voice on Michel Thomas. And Imma look into that because that’s the kind of thing I like to do.
Based on original conversations from Teach Yourself Arabic Conversation and Speak Arabic with Confidence.