A Fantastic Arabic Language Book
By J Elder on March 1, 2015
I have been studying using these books for over a year, and I have been so impressed.
It is a great balance of the Arabic language. It's heavy on vocab for a while, focusing on the highest usage words, then easing into quite a bit of grammar, which is necessary if you want to really use the language correctly.
It also has recursive vocabulary, which is fantastic in this type of study.
You might feel like you're swimming in vocab words, (the meat and potatoes of any language learning) but two chapters later, you see a few words that you've already worked on, and automatically, you're encouraged because you've made real progress!
It was clearly made by specialists in Arabic language learning. I have been continually impressed at how well the book has been put together.
I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Arabic.
This is by far the best series of books for anyone who wants to learn Arabic. There is nothing like them on the market!
The book is a fantastic text book. Once you have bought your book, simply send a request for the MP3 audio to the e-mail address at the back of the book, which you get for free. The audio is really clear and paced very well for learners. The book belongs to an on-line institute, so you could get some lessons to help with your learning
I have bought many books in the past to aid my Arabic studies but this is the fastest way to get talking and to understand the language.
I strongly recommend the book As-Assalaamu Alaykum because I think it is definitely the best Arabic teaching book on the market. It is the first volume of a set of 9 books (from beginners to intermediate and advanced levels: 3 set of books for each level) written by the tutors of Yemen Institute for Arabic Language (YIAL). The book does not include any audio CD, but if you get in touch with YIAL by e-mail after purchasing it, they will immediately send you all the MP3 files of the volume you have bought.
As is known, on one hand, learning a language is a process that requires a solid foundation from the very beginning. And on the other hand, the learning process might initially appear to be very challenging to most beginner students when it comes to learning Arabic. However, this book succeeds in converting this process into an enjoyable and comprehensive one.
I think, the authors of As-Assalaamu Alaykum books did a very good job, especially providing complete beginners with a precious tool in learning Arabic, starting from the very beginning and taking a gradual but steady path from the basics up through relatively more advanced topics. Unlike most Arabic language books, it is both very effective and easy to study.
As far as my personal experience with the book is concerned, I have been studying the first volume for almost 5 weeks and I am actually about to finish my studies with it. Thanks to the method applied throughout the book, I have been learning growing number of words as well as some basic grammar rules day by day. Besides, I have already started to gain confidence to initiate a very basic conversation in Arabic with natives thanks to the dialogues in the book. I listen to the MP3 files repeatedly every day, simply applying what they call “shadowing” or “parroting” technique. Honestly speaking, I am very satisfied and have personally never experienced any kind of difficulty with this book so far.
Depending on your preference, the book can be used either as a self-study book or for private lessons. Actually, in the latter case, it could be considered a good option to contact YIAL as they also offer online tutoring at reasonable prices.
In fact, the idea of continuing my Arabic studies with As-Assalaamu Alaykum books excites me a lot. I will Insha’Allah go on my Arabic studies with As-Assalaamu Alaykum books and as a matter of fact, I have already ordered the second and third volumes together and I will order the six other volumes left in the series in due course Insha’Allah.
I am enjoying my classes through YIAL! The curriculum is strong and so are the teachers. I really like how the books provide opportunities to practice listening, reading, writing and speaking in every lesson- this is so important for developing fluency. My teacher is knowledgeable, helpful and professional. I highly recommend YIAL for anyone who is wanting to learn Arabic!
This book - along with the audio files - is a highly useful tool in studying MSA. Book 2 in the series, it covers some of the basic fundamentals and allows you to progress confidently in your Arabic.
One of the things I like about the book is the way it blends the different parts of language learning to ensure you are always developing all your skills simultaneously. For example, each unit includes listening exercises and key vocab lists while incorporating grammar learning points and themes within the topics covered.
The book also contains lots of exercises and well-thought through activities meaning you actually apply what you have studied, helping develop your skills to use Arabic in real life, rather than just for the purposes of filling in tables or homework.
Finally, a really nice touch in the books is that they include cultural points and weave in learning about Arabic life alongside the language. Would highly recommend this book for anyone learning Arabic!