Thirteen Ways to Make a Plural

Preparing to Learn Arabic

Jacob Halpin

Arabic is one of the world’s most complex and fascinating languages, but many students dive into it without first understanding what they are aiming

English edition
14 April 2020
88 pp.
13X20.5cm
ISBN 9789774169526
For sale worldwide

$12.95

Arabic is one of the world’s most complex and fascinating languages, but many students dive into it without first understanding what they are aiming for, much less knowing how they will get there. Thirteen Ways to Make a Plural: Preparing to Learn Arabic provides essential guidance on making a success of learning Arabic, drawing on the author’s personal experience of having been there and done it, along with the insights and advice of countless other students and teachers.

Written in a lively and engaging style, this invaluable primer enables readers to identify the type of Arabic (modern standard or colloquial) suited to their needs, to set realistic learning goals, and to achieve them more efficiently. It includes tried-and-tested methods for improving vocabulary retention, speaking fluency, listening accuracy, and reading skills, while separating the grammar that’s needed in the real world from that which can be left for later. It also provides helpful advice on how to make the most of an ‘immersion’ experience abroad, what it takes to reach an advanced level, and the Arabic required in different professional areas.

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Jacob Halpin

Jacob Halpin is a British diplomat who learned Arabic with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, studying it at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and at centers in Jordan and Lebanon. He then spent five years posted in the Middle East, living in Baghdad, Beirut, and Amman while also continuing to improve his Arabic. He is now based in London.
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