- Umm al-Dunya
Directed to learners of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic who have previously studied Modern Standard Arabic, this is the first textbook to handle the different levels and the variety of contexts of Egyptian Colloquial: both the everyday and the educated forms. It is also the first to introduce the language through multimedia, addressing recent and compelling topics of interest to learners of both language and culture, and focusing on pronunciation as a skill.
Each of the ten lessons is structured around a video series, Abdalla’s Journey, which covers a range of topics in the everyday language, and video interviews with scholars discussing the same topics in the educated variety. Vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in both language levels are the focus of drills and exercises, and the phonetic and syntactic differences between the two forms are highlighted.
Chapter one: The Family is Back in Cairo
Chapter two: First Night in Cairo
Chapter three: The New Apartment
Chapter four: Family Dinner
Chapter five: The Coffee Shop Project
Chapter six: New Secondary School for Ahmad
Chapter seven: Family Issues and Arguments
Chapter eight: At the Home for the Elderly
Chapter nine: More and More Family Issues
Chapter ten: 25th of January Revolution
Key for the answers
Glossary for vocabulary
Glossary for expressions
Abbas Al-Tonsi is a senior lecturer in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is the author or co-author of a number of Arabic coursebooks, including the Al Kitaab series.
Heba Salem is a Senior Arabic Language Instructor at the American University in Cairo.
Nevenka Korica Sullivan has taught Arabic at Harvard University and the American University in Cairo and in Middlebury's summer program, specializing in teaching the advanced level learners. She is the co-author of Media Arabic: A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News (Revised and Updated Edition) (AUC Press, 2014), and Umm al-Dunya, Advanced Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (AUC Press, 2012).