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Modern Standard Arabic [MSA]


Abdul-Rahman, Muhammad Saed.

Paradigms of Classical and Modern Arabic Verbs. 1995.


This book presents 282 tables of Classical and Modern Arabic Verbs. These fully conjugated tables are used as paradigms for other verbs. Each table represents a very clear and typical example of a particular type of verb.


Adelson-Goldstein, Jayme.

Oxford Picture Dictionary English-Arabic: Bilingual Dictionary for Arabic-speaking teenage and adult students of English. Oxford University Press, 2008.


Content is organized within 12 thematic units, including Everyday Language, People, Housing, Food and Recreation.


Alhawary, Mohammad T.

Modern Standard Arabic Grammar: A Learner's Guide. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.


Comprehensive coverage of Arabic grammar and structure in current standard use (MSA), from entry level to advanced proficiency.


Al-Batal, Mahmoud.

The Teaching of Arabic as a Foreign Language: Issues and Directions (Al-Arabiyya Monograph). 1995.


In this volume leading teachers of Arabic, many of whom have written influential textbooks for advanced learners, explore the realities and challenges of teaching Arabic as a foreign language. Topics covered include the state of the Arabic teaching profession; the institutional challenges in U.S. and study-abroad programs; the teaching of various skills such as writing, reading, speaking, and listening; the varieties of Arabic and their relevance in the classroom; the uses of technology in the classroom; and testing. Published in 1995, many of the issues raised in this volume remain relevant today.


Al-Warraki, Nariman Naili.

The Connectors in Modern Standard Arabic. The American University in Cairo Press, 1994.


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.


Bateson, Mary Catherine.

Arabic Language Handbook (Georgetown Classics in Arabic Languages and Linguistics series). 2003.


Originally published in 1967, the essential information on the structure of the language remains accurate, and it continues to be the most concise reference summary for researchers, linguists, students, area specialists, and others interested in Arabic.


Cheng & Tsui Company.

Marhaba! Teacher's Toolkit. Cheng & Tsui, 2011.


Marhaba!, an innovative student-centered and standards-based Arabic curriculum, bring this rich and challenging language to life. Lesson and activity guides allow educators to help students created personalized textbooks called daftars, a process that encourages them to take ownership of their own learning.


Dickins, James.

Standard Arabic: An Advanced Course. 1998.


This comprehensive course is designed for intermediate to advanced students of Arabic at upper undergraduate level. It uses authentic materials and a wide variety of techniques to develop the four basic language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.


Doniach, N.S.

The Concise Oxford English-Arabic Dictionary of Current Usage. 1982.


Nearly 40,000 entries providing English headwords with multiple meanings and their nearest Arabic equivalent.


Haddad, Yousif.

Simple Arabic: A Comprehensive Course. Saqi Books, 2006.


Assuming little or no previous knowledge of the language, Simple Arabic aims to make learning Arabic easy and enjoyable. Words used have been selected on a basis of frequency of usage in contemporary Arabic, and a comprehensive bilingual index will also be helpful for examinations, revision, or simply to refresh one’s memory on specific points.


Jalajel, David Solomon.

Expressing I`rab: The Presentation of Arabic Grammatical Analysis. University of the Western Cape, 2011.


This first-of-its-kind textbook, now in its 2nd edition, is designed as a resource for teachers and students alike, to facilitate the understanding of how grammatical analysis is presented in the Arabic language. It has a double aim: (1) to enable students to correctly follow the discussions of grammatical concepts found in Arabic texts, and (2) to empower students to express these concepts on their own. Before now, no one has ever formally codified the method for expressing Arabic grammatical concepts.


Khayrayn, Aghūs Ṣāḥib., and Al-Muṭī Bashīrī.

Abd. Awḍaḥ Al-manāhij Fī Mujam Qawāʻid Al-lughah Al-Arabīyah: Bayna Al-qāʻidah Wa-al-taṭbīq Fī Jadāwil Wa-lawḥāt Bi-al-manhaj Al-jadīd Wa-al-uslūb Al-sahl : Mawsūʻah Fī Juzayn.

A Complete Guide to Arabic Grammar. Vols. I & II: Fundamental Theory. Jakarta, Indonesia: WCM, 2008.


New method to understand Arabic Grammar using graphics and schematics.


Mansouri Ph.D., Fethi.

Making Out in Arabic (Making Out Books). Tuttle Publishing, 2004.


Making Out in Arabic is a fun, accessible and thorough guide to Arabic as it's really spoken. This is an excellent phrase book of modern colloquial Arabic for use in everyday, informal interactions--giving access to the sort of wonderful and catchy expressions not covered in traditional language materials.


Parkinson, Dilworth.

Using Arabic Synonyms. Cambridge University Press, 2010.


Designed for those who have already developed a basic competence in Arabic, this comprehensive synonyms guide aims to broaden and improve the learner's vocabulary by helping them find the right word for the right context.


Ryding, Karin C.

Formal Spoken Arabic FAST Course with MP3 Files (Georgetown Classics in Arabic Languages and Linguistics series) (Arabic Edition). 2004.


Designed to provide beginners in Arabic with maximum linguistic and cultural exposure in a short period (about 100 hours of contact time), this book consists of sixteen lessons with dialogs and exercises dealing with day-to-day scenarios: greeting people, getting a taxi, making phone calls, asking directions, discussing the weather, and effectively communicating with police and duty officers.


Scheindlin, Raymond P.

201 Arabic Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Forms. Woodbury, NY: Barron's Educational Series, 1978.


Most frequently used Arabic verbs are conjugated, one verb to a page. A concentrated review of Arabic verb forms for both beginning and advanced students.


Scheindlin, Raymond P.

501 Arabic Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Aspects in a New, Easy-to-learn Format, Alphabetically Arranged. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's, 2007.


Barron's 501 Arabic Verbs is printed in Arabic script with exemplary sentences in English for each verb. To reflect correct Arabic style, 501 Arabic Verbs has been printed back cover to front and back page to front. Verbs are arranged alphabetically in a table format, one verb per page with English translation, and conjugated in all tenses and forms. The book's additional features include common idioms with example sentences to demonstrate verb usage and a grammar review.


Schulz, Eckehard.

A Student Grammar of Modern Standard Arabic. Cambridge University Press, 2004.


This accessible grammar provides a concise and user-friendly guide to the structure of Modern Standard Arabic. Using familiar terminology and keeping theory to a minimum, it is suitable for beginning students as well as those at a more advanced level.


Wehr, Hans, and J. Milton. Cowan.

A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic: (Arabic-English). Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, 1994.


Its scholarship, accuracy and reliability make it one of the most significant contributions to Arabic lexicography. It is hoped that this masterpiece will point the way ot wider use of modern lexicographical principles in the compilation of dictionaries for earlier periods of the Arabic language.


Wightwick, Jane.

Easy Arabic Grammar. McGraw Hill, 2005.


Easy Arabic Grammar is both a handy grammar reference and a primer/workbook for beginning to intermediate-level students of Arabic. Clear structural explanations and practice activities make it a perfect companion for formal language classes as well as any self-teaching course.


Wightwick, Jane.

Mastering Arabic 1 with 2 Audio CDs. Hippocrene Books, 2010.


This title includes book & 2 CDs. This is a new edition of a hugely popular title. "Mastering Arabic" is the most accessible, carefully-paced and lively introductory Arabic course on the market using an effective tried and tested methodology which works across a wide range of learner backgrounds.


Wightwick, Jane.

Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners with Audio CD, Second Edition (Read and Speak Languages for Beginners). New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010.


Your desire to learn Arabic may be twarted by its script; how will you pick up the language if you can't understand its characters? Read and Speak Arabic for Beginners overcomes this obstacle by providing an accessible, entertaining program that will reinforce vocabulary as well as help you create basic structures.


Wright, William.

A Grammar of the Arabic Language. A reprint of the 1859 Edition.

Media Arabic


Elgibali, Alaa.

Media Arabic: A Coursebook for Reading Arabic News. The American University in Cairo Press, 2007.


Media Arabic introduces the language of the newspapers, magazines, and Internet news sites to intermediate and advanced-level students of Modern Standard Arabic. Using this textbook, students will be able to master core vocabulary and structures typical of front-page news, recognize various modes of coverage, distinguish fact from opinion, detect bias, and read critically in Arabic.


Kendall, Elisabeth.

The Top 1,000 Words for Understanding Media Arabic (Arabic Edition). Georgetown University Press, 2005.


In light of recent developments in the Middle East, it is essential that scholars, journalists, government workers, military personnel, businesspeople, and diplomats familiarize themselves quickly with Arabic/English translations for many of these key words and phrases. Media Arabic -- the language of printed or broadcast news items -- emphasizes contemporary terms like multiculturalism or globalization that are not covered by most Arabic dictionaries.


Rowland, Howard D.

Let's Read the Arabic Newspapers. International Book Centre, Inc. 2008.


Designed to be used either as supplementary reading material in a university-level Arabic course or as self-teaching material, The book is divided into two parts: the first half contains 100 Arabic articles, the second half contains full English translations of each article.

Quranic Arabic


Jones, Alan.

Arabic Through the Qur'an (Islamic Texts Society). The Islamic Texts Society, 2006.


Designed to enhance the understanding of the Qur'an and its vocabulary that has infiltrated the whole of Arabic and Islamic literature, this workbook provides 40 easy-to-follow lessons for learning Qur'anic rather than modern Arabic.


Penrice, John.

A Dictionary and Glossary of the Koran. Dover Publications, 2004.


A Dictionary and Glossary of the Koran, first published in 1873, is a reference guide for anyone wishing to better understand the grammar and language of the Muslim holy book. It contains detailed entries on parts of speech and the meanings of words, much of which was hard to decipher because, as the author points out, the Koran was originally written without vowel points. The author also emphasizes that rather than grammar rules being applied to this authoritative text, it in fact influenced Arabic grammar rules.

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