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Postby quendidil » Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:51 am

Can anyone here recommend any resources for Arabic that you've found useful? Preferably free, or at least affordable on a student's budget.
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Postby Twpsyn » Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:10 am

I don't know of any good resources on the internet. If you go to a used bookstore (or Amazon) you may be able to find good textbooks on the cheap; for my language study I always use several texts in conjunction, and I have found the best Arabic textbooks to be Al Kitaab (more inductive) and Elementary Modern Standard Arabic (very dry and grammar-heavy, but rich). Teach Yourself is, suprisingly, not all that bad, but I would only use it as a supplement. You might also look at the Hippocrene 'Beginner' series, which generally puts out good titles, and the Colloquial book; neither of which have I used myself, as a disclaimer. Unfortunately, textbooks are expensive, but they are a one-time investment that will last you a long time (all of the above are for MSA; finding good cheap dialect resources would be even cheaper). Past the intermediate level, of course, your best bet is a course or a native speaker friend (cheapest resource of all!). Beyond that, I'm afraid I can't help you (not being at an advanced level yet myself).
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Postby quendidil » Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:40 am

Thanks!

Oh, yes, and I forgot to mention that I'm primarily interested in Classical Arabic or MSA, not the dialects. I'll give Al-Kitaab a look.

I learnt the script a few weeks ago from "Very Simple Arabic Script", although I'm currently still unsure on the pronunciation of the emphatics. 'Ayin, Ghayin were fairly simple to reproduce after a bit of listening to minimal pairs with the help of audio files on wikipedia but they don't have those for the emphatic consonants.

Are those resources vowelled by the way?
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Postby Twpsyn » Sun Aug 17, 2008 2:41 pm

Al Kitaab is vowelled in the vocabulary, and only occasionally in the texts (with a tricky word or two). Likewise Teach Yourself, which however relies heavily on transliteration in the vocabulary and grammar sections. These two books are training students to read every-day unvowelled MSA, not the Koran. The big orange book (EMSA) is vowelled more liberally, and seems to give you a more formal, classicalish version of MSA.
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Postby annis » Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:00 pm

I'm a big fan of Wheeler Thankston's An Introduction to Koranic and Classical Arabic. All the texts — even the Qur'aan — are not voweled, but every example in the grammar discussion has a romanization beside it. It's layout will be familiar to anyone used to the customary way Greek and Latin are still taught.

It's mid-priced, but you can also purchase the answer key.

I've not really kept up on classical Arabic web sites, which are mostly Islamist in focus.

Right now I have a lovely case of bronchitis, but once that's past I'd be glad to talk you through the emphatics via Skype or something. One hint about them, though — they are mostly noticed by the effect they have on surrounding vowels.
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Re: Arabic resources

Postby mingshey » Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:07 pm

quendidil wrote:Can anyone here recommend any resources for Arabic that you've found useful? Preferably free, or at least affordable on a student's budget.


There's the FSI language courses. Arabic here.
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