Item description for Kallimni Arabi (book & CD): An Intermediate Course in Spoken Egyptian Arabic by Samia Louis, Iman A. Soliman & Nessim Guirges...
Drawing on her years of experience as an Arabic instructor and course developer, Samia Louis has used a functional approach to create a bright, innovative coursebook for the study of Egyptian colloquial Arabic--the spoken dialect most frequently studied and most widely understood in the Arab world. Designed according to the ACTFL guidelines for teaching Arabic as a foreign language, in ten highly structured lessons Kallimni `Arabi trains students in the crucial skills, with particular emphasis on listening and speaking. The accompanying audio CD carries recordings of the dialogues and exercises in each chapter, made by Egyptian native speakers. From the basics of communicating (asking directions, the language of shopping) to more advanced conversations (future plans, hobbies and free time), Kallimni `Arabi is structured so that students learn Egyptian Arabic using real-life situations and expressions. The key topics covered gradually lead students to understand, use, and speak Arabic, rather than simply memorize fixed phrases. Kallimni `Arabi is aimed at students with some ability to read and write Arabic, who have had the equivalent of 30 hours of a beginner Colloquial Arabic class or 40 hours of a Modern Standard Arabic program.
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More About Samia Louis, Iman A. Soliman & Nessim Guirges
SAMIA LOUIS has taught Arabic for more than ten years with the International Language Institute (ILI) in Cairo (www.arabicegypt.edu), an affiliate of International House, and is the author of all the books in the Kallimni 'Arabi series (AUC Press, 2007-2009).
Samia Louis has an academic affiliation as follows - International Language Institute (ILI) International Language Institut.
Reviews - What do customers think about Kallimni Arabi (book & CD): An Intermediate Course in Spoken Egyptian Arabic?
Pretty Good Book Feb 16, 2008
This is a good transition book from standard Arabic to Egyptian. If you're going to Egypt, you need colloquial. For a beginner, though, start with a basic text, like Kullu Tammam. (This one uses Arabic script, for example, not transliteration). The authors are from ILI in cairo, a top rate school for colloquial Egyptian. And let's face it, that's the most important Arabic dialect. The audio is great, the CD very easy to use and well linked to the text. The scenarios are quite funny and true to life (the one with the cab driver arguing with the customer was great), so you get a little of the underside of Cairo culture thrown in. The only drawback is that the glossary is very weak, and organized by lesson, not alphabeticallt. A lot of key colloquial terms are used but never defined.
Great book, and great cd! Jan 7, 2008
I am a little biased, having taken courses from Samia in Cairo, but, this is a wonderful collection of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Just what we needed to stay in practice. The CD is wonderful, as I have it loaded on my IPOD, and the tracks come up randomly to keep my Arabic up. Recommend this for anyone who has studied some Egyptian Arabic, and wants to stay in practice. Not for beginners. That one is in the pipeline to be released at a future date. Enjoy!
I'm glad I found this book Nov 9, 2007
If you want to learn Spoken Egyptian Arabic then this book is all you need. You have to be able to read Arabic though, it is an intermediate course so it doesn't start from teaching the alphabet or simple words. I bought this book for my kids who are Egyptians but forgot the Arabic language (living abroad). They did not resist taking lessons from this book (as they tried with other books and weekend schools). The lessons are fun and not boring. They actually got hooked to it. This book is for all ages, but mostly adults.