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The Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic [Paperback]

By Nariman Al-Warraki (Author) & Ahmed Taher Hassanein (Author)
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Most Arabic textbooks concentrate on morphology and syntax, but while these provide the indispensable structural base, students still find there is a wide gap between their theoretical knowledge and their practical ability to write connected prose. This unique textbook concentrates on the connectors (those articles, phrases, or idioms which join words, phrases, clauses, or sentences) in a functional setting with the aim of developing and improving the writing skills of intermediate and advanced students of Arabic as a foreign language. Each lesson of "The Connectors" begins with a presentation of the structures, followed by a sample text and sample sentences, before moving on to a graded series of exercises. The book contains twenty-seven lessons, including five review lessons, and a sample test at the end.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   210
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1995
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774243544  
ISBN13  9789774243547  

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More About Nariman Al-Warraki & Ahmed Taher Hassanein

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nariman Naili Al-Warraki is Senior Arabic Language Teacher and Director of the Arabic Language Unit of the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo.

Nariman Naili Al-Warraki has an academic affiliation as follows - Arabic Language Unit of the Arabic Language Institute at the American.

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A very helpful book  Dec 14, 2007
I have used this book as the class text for a grammar class taught at ILI in Cairo, and I have found this book to be very helpful in both providing structural help, but also in providing invaluable assistance in composition, something I had not really had prior to using this book. Not only is it useful as a an in class text, it is also useful as a reference; for example this book's discussion of the various uses of is particularly helpful. The reason I only give it 4 stars is two-fold: The first is that frequently the examples given require a body of vocabulary that is perhaps past the ability of a student who is using this as an in-class tool. This may not be an issue for a more advanced student who is using this as a reference, so bear this in mind. The other issue with this book is the physical quality of the book. Perhaps there is a better printing in the US, but version I purchased here in Cairo fell apart after opening the book twice. And I mean fell apart. The binding was of such poor quality that almost all the pages fell out immediately, so buyer beware.
A must for students and especially translators  Nov 13, 2007
This book used to be required for the third year Arabic program at UCLA. I still haven't found a book that only concentrates on 'connectors' in english and this book does an excellent job. After studying this book, it has become obvious to me that uneloquent translations of Arabic texts are largely the result of not having a solid grasp on the function that connectors serve. Unlike English where each sentence can begin without indicating its relationship to the previous sentence, the Arabic language expects the speaker to specify this relationship using connectors. Most books concentrate on constructing single sentences, but this book will help you connect sentences into eloquent texts using connectors.
Essentail  Jan 9, 2005
This book is certainly one of its kind in presenting an important aspect of the Arabic language not well covered in the standard books on Arabic grammar. Each chapter begins with a text for reading highlighting some connectors that will be then discussed in detail. A translation of the text is provided. Each chapter has numerous examples followed by exercises.
The utility of the book can be increased by providing vocabulary and key to the exercises for someone studying the book without a teacher.
An excellent review of intermediate/advanced grammar  Jan 5, 2004
This is an excellent textbook for those students of Modern Standard Arabic who have studied a year or two of the language and would like to improve upon their writing skills. It is particularly useful in a traditional university classroom setting and in fact was the textbook that I used during my third year of Arabic study in graduate school. Organized into 27 short lessons that focus on specific connectors, each lesson includes the following: a presentation of the connectors and their meanings; a selection from an Arabic text (often authentic) that includes the connectors that the lesson focuses on; a translation of the text into English; additional grammatical lessons and linguistic remarks to further clarify the lesson; and numerous drills to challenge the reader. Although this book is very useful for students of Arabic grammar, it is not well suited for those interested in improving their reading skills and/or increasing their vocabulary.
Beyond the grammar book...  Jun 3, 2000
Ths is the most useful book I've found yet for the intermediate or advanced student of Arabic. While a grammar book teaches you all about morphology and is usually sparse on details of syntax, this book will lead you towards the goal of writing idiomatic modern standard Arabic. But to the real beginner, it will seem daunting and over-specialized - it did to me when I first saw it.

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