Mastering Arabic

by Jane Wightwick & Mahmoud Gaafarimgres-1
Hippocrene, 1990 & 2004
370 pages & 2 CDs, paperback
ISBN 978-0781810425

The Wightwick & Gaafar universe encompasses at least three decades, several publishers, and many editions (and some other languages). Note that this was first published in 1990, and the symbols in the book connecting text with audio tracks are actually little cassettes, and while on the CD the word ‘recording’ is used, in the book the word ‘tape’ is. Gaafar does the English narration and some of the Arabic. There are a number of voices; when plural nouns are being demonstrated, a chorus of voices recites them, a nice detail that may help the words stick in the memory.

I am guessing that the recordings have been updated for the newer editions but I do not know for sure.

The book is lots of fun: cartoons, various fonts, crosswords, etc.

Mastering Arabic has been updated since 1990 & 2004. There is now

Mastering Arabic 1 , with 2CDs, Hippocrene, 2008, ISBN 978-0781812382
Mastering Arabic 2, with 2 CDs, Hippocrene, 2010, ISBN 978-0781812542
and the book only ( covering 1 & 2? I don’t know) with a different cover and ISBN:
Mastering Arabic, Palgrave MacMillan, 2008, ISBN 0333490371
plus another one with an earlier date and another ISBN:
Mastering Arabic, Palgrave MacMillan, 1990, 978-0333490372
and the workbook Mastering Arabic 1: Practice for Beginners, Hippocrene, 2011, ISBN 978-0781812696

Which gives me a headache. I’d like to know more about what is what.


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