Item description for Berlitz Arabic Phrase Book & CD (Berlitz Phrase Book & CD) by Berlitz Guides...
This lightweight, portable pack features a phrase book from the bestselling "Berlitz" range plus a CD providing you with the key phrases to get the most out of your trip. The phrase book features over 8,000 everyday phrases that every traveller needs to speak confidently, plus a menu reader and culture tips to help you understand the country you are visiting. Full-colour photographs throughout help explain visually the currency, cash machines, ticket machines, motoring signs & much more. The CD features more than 3,000 key travel survival words and phrases so you can hear and practise the language. It is compatible with PC, iPod and MP3 devices.
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Studio: Berlitz Guides
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 4.8" Width: 4.92" Height: 0.85" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2007
Publisher Berlitz Guides
ISBN 9812681868 ISBN13 9789812681867 UPC 027793681865
Reviews - What do customers think about Berlitz Arabic Phrase Book & CD (Berlitz Phrase Book & CD)?
Good when used as part of a broader curriculum Jan 21, 2003
Although this book is directed at travellers, I have used it primarliy as a learning aid. I have found this book very useful in helping me learn Arabic pronunciation while learning useful words. The book is small and travels well, every section is color coded, and provides both translation and transliteration of every word and phrase. (My favorite is the foods section). The only thing that is missing, which as a beginner is very much needed, are the short vowels. Had that been included it would have gotten 5 stars.
its ok, but not for beginners Mar 22, 2001
This book is ok, but not really for a beginner, I think that if you really want to learn how to read and write Arabic I have seen many other books that are much better on the market, but this book is like a quick refrence book, not really a book to teach yourself anything. I did learn a few words, but very limited to what I can say from reading this book. I have been told I am also not pronouncing the words correctly, I learned the words from the phonetic words next to the arabic words in this book. Like I said great refrence, but not a serious way to teach yourself arabic.
it's not supposed to cure cancer Jan 2, 2001
This is a Berlitz phrasebook. It has useful phrases for travelers, almost no grammar, and a vocabulary that covers pretty much anything you are likely to need traveling as a tourist. Using it you can manage to handle "politeness phrases" (please, thank you, where is the bathroom) and simple requests; this is enough to let the locals know that you are at least making an effort. If you choose to study the language seriously, hang onto it and use it later when you are ready to travel.
As a physician I especially favor the color-coded medical section, which (alone of all the phrasebooks I've seen)has a "pointee-talkee" section with English on one side and Arabic on the other,which you and the local medical personnel can pass back and forth to handle questions and instructions.
Okay, it's not the answer to a language student's prayers. But it makes it possible to communicate in Arabic--and isn't that the name of the game anyway?
Berlitz goes to pieces Aug 17, 2000
Although the tape is useful (once you get past the loud intro) the book is of poor construction. The pages fell out only three days after buying the book. This is a problem, as every time I use the book I have to piece it together afterwards. My advice is to buy a real book such as one of the "Teach Yourself ..." series. They cost only a little more and are better constructed.