How would you ever know that “to lose a baby ostrich” means to rush into something without thinking? Or that “what can the wind take from the pavement?” is said when someone has nothing left to lose? This comprehensive guide to idiomatic expressions in literary Arabic, the first of its kind, will inform, amuse, and entertain, through more than 8500 entries found in texts from the Qur’an to today’s newspapers. With explanations in Arabic and English, it is an essential resource for both students of Arabic and native speakers. Reaching into the great wealth of this complex and intriguing language, the dictionary draws on and reveals the rich cultural and religious traditions of Arabic-speaking communities that have informed its idioms. Expressions of condolence, astonishment, and hardship, alongside sayings about friendship, miserliness, and reconciliation are collected and made accessible here, while glimpses are provided into history through phrases tied to important events and figures—from the ancient Egyptians to Saddam Hussein. Altogether this book allows a fascinating insight into Arabic’s many quirks and intricacies.
A Dictionary of Idiomatic Expressions in Written Arabic
For the Reader of Classical and Modern Texts
27 March 2015
For sale worldwide
An Intensive Course in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Volume 1
Abbas Al-Tonsi Laila Al-Sawi Suzanne Massoud
An Intensive Course in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Volume 1Abbas Al-Tonsi
Based on the cumulative experience of three leading teachers of Arabic as a foreign language, Kalaam Gamiil builds and develops communicative skills in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, along parallel tracks of vocabulary and grammar. It is designed for students who have reached the lower intermediate level of Modern Standard Arabic and are now ready to branch out into their first experience of a major spoken dialect. Structured around basic topics that crop up in daily conversations, lessons each include a situation, a vocabulary list, preparatory sentences using the new vocabulary items, explanations of grammar in English, cultural information, and a variety of mechanical drills and communicative exercises. The book, volume one of a two-part series, focuses on the speaking and listening skills that will enable intermediate students to handle a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks with native speakers of Egyptian Arabic successfully. Click here to listen to the associated Kalaam Gamiil tracks (Lessons 1 to 12) on Soundcloud....read more
1 September 2010
fi ta‘lim al-lugha al-‘arabiya li-ghayr al-natiqin biha. Volume 3
El-Said Badawi et al.
fi ta‘lim al-lugha al-‘arabiya li-ghayr al-natiqin biha. Volume 3El-Said Badawi et al.
This three-part course in Modern Standard Arabic for non-native speakers approaches the language through a series of themed topics—daily life in the Arab world, politics and governance, literature and the arts, science and medicine, astronomy—concentrates principally on listening and speaking skills. In each section, vocabulary is built up as various linguistic structures and strategies are introduced and practiced in a clear introduction to Arabic grammar. A CD accompanies Volume 1, and a supplementary dictionary, al-Mu‘jam al-musa‘id, gives a complete key to the vocabulary of all three books in four languages: English, French, German, and Spanish. Comprehensive and easily digestible, varied and informative, these books make an ideal basis for a classroom-based course in Arabic anywhere in the world....read more
1 March 2009
Designed to help learners of Arabic at all levels develop and refine their writing skills, this book focuses on the structure of Arabic sentences and paragraphs, and the cohesive links between them. It places emphasis on writing in different genres, including literary and media texts, and introduces learners to the cultural aspects of writing, such as writing and responding to different types of letters. A chapter on creative writing in Arabic encourages learners to utilize their vocabulary and grammar skills, while another chapter focuses on learners’ errors. • Includes a broad range of writing genres: letters, summaries, articles, etc. • Provides a theoretical and practical guide on how to use connectors and cohesive devices • Helps the learner accumulate a wide range of vocabulary in context • Challenges the learner with a variety of Arabic writing exercises...read more
An Intermediate Course in Spoken Egyptian Arabic 2
Samia Louis with Iman A. Soliman
An Intermediate Course in Spoken Egyptian Arabic 2Samia Louis
with Iman A. Soliman
Drawing on her years of experience as an Arabic instructor and course developer, Samia Louis has used a functional approach to create a bright, innovative coursebook for the study of Egyptian colloquial Arabic—the spoken dialect most frequently studied and most widely understood in the Arab world. Designed according to the ACTFL guidelines for teaching Arabic as a foreign language, Kallimni ‘Arabi trains students through ten highly structured lessons in the crucial skills, with particular emphasis on listening and speaking. The associated audio files carry recordings of the dialogues and exercises in each chapter, made by Egyptian native speakers. Click here to listen to the modules on Soundcloud.
From the basics of communicating (asking directions, the language of shopping) to more advanced conversations (future plans, hobbies, and free time), Kallimni ‘Arabi is structured so that students learn Egyptian Arabic using real-life situations and expressions. The key topics covered gradually lead students to understand, use, and speak Arabic, rather than simply memorize fixed phrases. Kallimni ‘Arabi is aimed at students with some ability to read and write Arabic, who have had the equivalent of 30 hours of a beginner Colloquial Arabic class or 40 hours of a Modern Standard Arabic program.
19 March 2007