Friday, January 15, 2010

Let's Chat in Arabic

Let's chat in Arabic

Ahmed Hassanein, Mon Kamel, Let's Chat in Arabic: A Practical Introduction to the Spoken Arabic of Cairo
Publisher: Amer Univ in Cairo Pr | ISBN 9774241037 | english | 1986 | DJVU | 2 MB | 254 pages

This book deals with the basics of Egyptian colloquial Arabic in a simplified way, which follows the most modern methods of teaching a second language.It includes 650 basic words of the Egyptian colloquial Arabic which enable the learner to understand and communicate with ease.
  • Arabic (اللغة العربية al-luġatu l-ʿarabiyyah or just عربي ʿarabī) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers.
  • Classified as Central Semitic, it is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic, and has its roots in a Proto-Semitic common ancestor.
  • Modern Arabic is classified as a macrolanguage with 27 sub-languages in ISO 639-3(an international standard for language codes, published by ISO on 5 February 2007). These varieties are spoken throughout the Arab world, and Standard Arabic is widely studied and known throughout the Islamic world.
  • Modern Standard Arabic derives from Classical Arabic, the only surviving member of the Old North Arabian dialect group, attested epigraphically since the 6th century, which has been a literary language and the liturgical language of Islam since the 7th century.
  • Arabic has lent many words to other languages of the Islamic world, akin to the role Latin has in most European languages. During the Middle Ages Arabic was also a major vehicle of culture, especially in science, mathematics and philosophy, with the result that many European languages have also borrowed numerous words from it.



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