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Very Simple Arabic: Incorporating Simple Etiquette in Arabia by James Peters
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.07" Width: 4" Height: 8" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2004
Publisher Stacey International Publishers
ISBN 1900988909 ISBN13 9781900988902
Availability 0 units.
More About James Peters
Peters has lived and worked in the countries of the Arabian Peninsula as a soldier, diplomat and businessman for over 40 years. He studied arabic at Durham University and at the Foreign Office Middle East Centre for Arab Studies in Lebanon.
Reviews - What do customers think about Very Simple Arabic: Incorporating Simple Etiquette in Arabia?
Handy & User Friendly Feb 23, 2008
I'm in Iraq on deployment. This little book is great! Easy to carry around. It gives me pertinent phrases in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA); even though the Iraqi dialect varies.
Good for Customs, Not Good for Language Feb 6, 2000
I find it interesting that the glowing reviews on the back cover of the book are all in reference to the "Simple Etiquette in Arabia" portion (37 pages), and not to the language component (69 pages). Indeed, a traveler who relies on the stylized Roman script to facilitate reasonable pronunciation will be taking a chance.
As an experiment, I enlisted the help of three colleagues to read the Arabic as presented in this book (with native Arabic speakers in the room). One produced fairly good pronunciation, the second was recognizable, and the third gave up because he was incomprehensible.
The book is attractive, pleasantly thin, and enjoyable to look at. And the "etiquette" section is good. But to be truly valuable as a language tool, it should come with recorded material. If you plan to use it, try to find an Arabic speaker to help you with pronunciation -- before you try it on the street.