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Modern Standard Arabic, or MSA, is the standard, formal, written form that is used and understood throughout the Arab world. While primarily written, MSA is also spoken in highly formal situations, in higher education, in sermons, and in the courts of law.

The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Each lesson of Modern Standard Arabic Phase 1, Unit 01-05 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Simon & Schuster (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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  • Vic
  • 2015-03-13

Effective way to learn Arabic

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This approach for learning a language is very effective. There is lots of repetition, help with pronunciation, and practical, daily uses of the language. I take a weekly in-person Arabic class, which has me focused on grammar rules and which makes me unable to produce the language due to the complexity of the grammar rules, This audio book has enabled me to actually produce the spoken language. If you are a stickler for grammar details, using just this audio book might stress you out since you might not understand some of the finer details. But if you are willing to learn the grammar a bit organically (or if you pair the book with a class as I do), you'll do great. I highly recommend it.

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  • Claire St. Hilaire
  • 2015-07-31

Best way to learn a new language

Pimsleur has been such a great language tool that both me and my husband bought the full 30 lesson set in our chosen language. My husband finished the first 25 lessons in a month and can now speak Greek in complete sentences. I have been less consistent, but in a month I have still learned basic phrases needed for travel in Arabic. If you are not ready to commit fully to a language program this five lesson set is a great way to test out if pimsleur will work for you. The key is doing a lesson every day, sometimes I need to repeat lessons two or three times before moving forward.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-22

Save your money.

My degree is in Arabic language and culture. I have used everything from books, online exercises, Spotify, apps, YouTube videos and Audible while learning Arabic. This is definitely the most useless things I've used. Save your $15 and watch a few a YouTube videos, you can not only learn the same few phrases but more and learn how to read and spell them. This was highly disappointing and a waste of $15. It teaches only a few phrases and words which are very basic and ones you can learn easily through free media like YouTube or phone apps like Memorize. Definitely would not recommend this, if it was free I'd say sure, maybe. But there is better quality and more in depth material that covers these same few phrases for free on YouTube.

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  • thomas
  • 2017-08-02

annoying

uses a great deal of time adding and repeating relatively useless information such as gender and titles instead of focusing on the relevant information to be conveyed.
also, mixing in three or more drastically different voice actors in an educational setting serves only to confuse the listener and obscure the nuances of the target language for an untrained ear.

but then again, i expect this could be common practice for these kinds of books. adding roleplay in an attempt to make it entertaining instead of educational.

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  • Laura
  • 2017-07-28

Extremely Helpful

this book is very well organized. I feel that I have a good start on the language.

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  • Karim
  • 2015-12-02

Useful and Easy to Learn

I don't have much time working an average of 10 hours a day and a bit on the weekend. This course is suitable to learn for at least 30min each day especially while stuck in traffic for more than an hour.

I find that repeating a unit once il really does wonders. Next day your memory is great.

Good job to the educators

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  • john
  • 2016-12-17

Potent.

Five lessons in, and I have already grown a beard. Who knows what will happen in five more? *Arabic intensifies*

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  • pavel
  • 2018-09-15

Spoken Arabic

OK, but impossible to definitively make out consonants from the audio. It needs written backup.

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  • CoachMatt
  • 2015-05-28

best way I've ever tried

I have learned Spanish from usually ways of learning. it took me years to be motivated and actually learn it.. after finishing just the first week, I was saying hello to my arabic friends with confidence. I'm no expert but if you are looking to learn a new language, this could be it for you

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  • Fayaz Ahmed
  • 2021-08-01

Good method, but too few lessons.

The method and content is good, but doesn't contain enough lessons in each book. only 5 lessons in each book is not nearly enough. I'd give 5 star if it contained at least 10 to 15 lessons in each book.

This is especially true because of the repetitions. Repetition is of course good for learning and remembering, but it reduces the actual content within each book by a lot.