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Arabic for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0471772704
ISBN-13: 9780471772705
Edition: 2006
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Description: 'Arabic for Dummies' guides beginners through the first stages of learning this difficult language, with easy-to-use chapters and corresponding audio exercises.

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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 5.104

'Arabic for Dummies' guides beginners through the first stages of learning this difficult language, with easy-to-use chapters and corresponding audio exercises.

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What I Assume About You
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Getting Started
You Already Know a Little Arabic
Taking Stock of What's Familiar
Discovering the Arabic Alphabet
All about vowels
All about consonants
Speaking Arabic Like a Native
Addressing Arabic Transcription
The Nitty-Gritty: Basic Arabic Grammar
Introducing Nouns, Adjectives, and Articles
Getting a grip on nouns
Identifying adjectives
Discovering definite and indefinite articles (and the sun and moon)
Understanding the interaction between nouns and adjectives
Creating Simple, Verb-Free Sentences
To be or not to be: Sentences without verbs
Building sentences with common prepositions
Using demonstratives and forming sentences
Forming "to be" sentences using personal pronouns
Creating negative "to be" sentences
"To be" in the past tense
Working with Verbs
Digging up the past tense
Examining the present tense
Peeking into the future tense
Examining irregular verb forms
'as-salaamu' alaykum!: Greetings and Introductions
Greetings!
You say hello
... I say goodbye
How are you doing?
I'm doing well!
Making Introductions
Asking "What's your name?
Responding with the possessive "My name is ..."
Saying "It's a pleasure to meet you!"
Talking About Countries and Nationalities
Asking "Where are you from?"
Telling where "I am from ..."
Arabic in Action
Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk
Asking Key Questions
Talking About Yourself and Your Family
Making Small Talk on the Job
Talking About Hobbies
Shooting the Breeze: Talking About the Weather
Talking Numbers
Referring to Days and Months
This Is Delicious! Eating In and Dining Out
All About Meals
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Enjoying a Meal at Home
Dining Out
Perusing the menu
Placing your order
Finishing your meal and paying the bill
Going Shopping
Going to the Store
Browsing the merchandise
Getting around the store
Getting to know the verb "to search"
Asking for a Particular Item
Comparing Merchandise
Comparing two or more items
Picking out the best item
More Than a Few Words About Buying and Selling
Shopping for Clothes
Around Town
Telling Time in Arabic
Specifying the time of day
Specifying minutes
Visiting Museums
Going to the Movies
Touring Religious Sites
A few rules to keep in mind
The Hajj
Enjoying Yourself: Recreation
Starting Out with the Verbs fa'ala (Did) and yaf'alu (To Do)
Sporting an Athletic Side
Going to the Beach
Playing Musical Instruments
Popular Hobbies
Talking on the Phone
Dialing Up the Basics
Beginning a phone conversation
Asking to speak to someone
Making Plans Over the Phone
Making social plans
Making business appointments
Leaving a Message
Dealing with voice mail
Leaving a message with a person
At the Office and Around the House
Landing the Perfect Job
Managing the Office Environment
Interacting with your colleagues
Giving orders
Supplying your office
Life at Home
Arabic on the Go
Money, Money, Money
At the Bank
Opening a bank account
Making deposits and withdrawals
Using the ATM
Exchanging Currency
Getting to know the currencies around the world
Making exchanges
Asking for Directions
Focusing on the "Where"
Asking "where" questions
Answering "where" questions
Getting Direction About Directions
Asking for directions
Could you repeat that?
Using command forms
Discovering Ordinal Numbers
Staying at a Hotel
Choosing the Right Accommodation
Discussing minor room details
Getting to know direct object pronouns
Making a Reservation
Figuring out the price
Indicating the length of your stay
Subjecting you to subjunctive verbs
Checking in to the Hotel
Checking Out of the Hotel
Getting from Here to There: Transportation
Traveling by Plane
Making reservations
Getting some legwork out of the verb "to travel"
Registering at the airport
Boarding the plane
A brief departure on the verb "to arrive"
Going through immigration and customs
Getting Around on Land
Hailing a taxi
Taking a bus
Boarding a train
Planning a Trip
Choosing Your Destination
Picking the Right Time for Your Trip
The months of the year
Dates and ordinal numbers
Tackling Packing
Preparing Your Travel Documents
Using a Travel Agency
Handling an Emergency
Shouting Out for Help
A little help with the verb "to help"
Lending a hand
Getting Medical Help
Locating the appropriate doctor
Talking about your body
Explaining your symptoms
Getting treatment
Acquiring Legal Help
The Part of Tens
Ten Ways to Pick Up Arabic Quickly
Watch Arabic Television
Use the Dictionary
Read Arabic Newspapers
Surf the Internet
Use a Language Tape or CD
Listen to Arabic Music
Make Arabic-Speaking Friends
Watch Arabic Movies
Eat at a Middle Eastern Restaurant
Sing Arabic Songs
Ten Things You Should Never Do in an Arab Country
Don't Shake Hands with a Firm Grip
Don't Enter a Room Full of People Without Saying "'as-salaamu 'alaykum"
Don't Start Eating Before Saying "bismi allah"
If You're Not Muslim, Don't Enter a Mosque Without Explicit Authorization
Don't Enter a Mosque with Your Shoes On
Don't Eat or Drink During Ramadan
Don't Drink Alcohol During Ramadan
Don't Drink Alcohol in Public
Don't Engage in Public Displays of Affection
Don't Refuse a Gift If One Is Offered to You
Ten Favorite Arabic Expressions
marHaba bikum!
Mumtaaz!
al-Hamdu li-llah
inshaa' allah
mabruk!
bi 'idni allah
bi SaHHa
taHiyyaat
muballagh
tabaaraka allah
Ten Great Arabic Proverbs
al-'amthaal noor al-kalaam
'a'mal khayr wa 'ilqahu fii al-baHr
'uTlubuu al-'ilm min al-mahd 'ilaa al-laHd
yad waaHida maa tusaffiq
al-Harbaa' laa Yughaadir shajaratuh hattaa yakun mu'akkid 'an shajara 'ukhraa
khaTa' ma'roof 'aHsan min Haqiiqa ghayr ma'roofa
as-sirr mithel al-Hamaama: 'indamaa yughaadir yadii yaTiir
al-'aql li an-niDHaar wa al-kalb li as-simaa'
kul yawm min Hayaatuk SafHa min taariikhuk
li faatik bi liila faatik bi Hiila
Appendixes
Verb Tables
Mini-Dictionary
Answer Key
About the CD
Index

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