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Arabic (Eastern) - 2nd Ed.: Learn to Speak and Understand Arabic with Pimsleur Language Programs [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

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Aug. 1 2003 Comprehensive
With Pimsleur Language Programs you don't just study a language, you learn it -- the same way you mastered English! And because the technique relies on interactive spoken language training, the Pimsleur Language Programs are totally audio -- no book is needed!

The Pimsleur programs provide a method of self-practice with an expert teacher and native speakers in lessons specially designed to work with the way the mind naturally acquires language information. The various components of language -- vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar -- are all learned together without rote memorization and drills. Using a unique method of memory recall developed by renowned linguist, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, the programs teach listeners to combine words and phrases to express themselves the way native speakers do. By listening and responding to thirty minute recorded lessons, students easily and effectively achieve spoken proficiency.

No other language program or school is as quick, convenient, and effective as the Pimsleur Language Programs.

The Comprehensive Program is the ultimate in spoken language learning. For those who want to become proficient in the language of their choice, the Comprehensive programs go beyond the Basic Programs to offer spoken-language fluency. Using the same simple method of interactive self-practice with native speakers, these comprehensive programs provide a complete language learning course. The Comprehensive Program is available in a wide variety of languages and runs through three levels (thirty lessons each) in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. At the end of a full Comprehensive Program listeners will be conducting complete conversations and be well on their way to mastering the language. The Comprehensive Programs are all available on cassettes and are also on CD in the six languages in which we offer the Basic Program on CD.

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Dr. Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and was one of the world's leading experts in applied linguistics. After obtaining his Ph.D. in French from Columbia University, he taught French Phonetics and Phonemics, and supervised the language laboratory at UCLA. He went on to become Professor of Romance Languages and Language Education, and Director of The Listening Center at Ohio State University; Professor of Education and Romance Languages at the State University of New York at Albany; and a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Heidelberg. Dr. Pimsleur was a member of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Modern Language Association (MLA), and a founding member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). His many books and articles revolutionized theories of language learning and teaching. After years of experience and research, Dr. Pimsleur developed a new method that is based on two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory that he called Graduated Interval Recall. This program incorporates both of these principles to provide you with the most simple and effective learning method possible. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful approach! Sept. 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I thought it was very helpful and well done - they recap everything from previous lessons so you don't forget it. It's very useful and I definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thought Arabic was difficult Aug. 7 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
For some reason it has been a desire of mine to learn Arabic. It has been a daunting task, especially when looking at books that attempt to describe how you should say certain words.
My desire to learn the language was rekindled by an upcoming trip to Egypt so I tried these tapes. I found that they are wonderful and make Arabic easy and managable. I look forward to using my abilities, and actually be able to understand what is going on around me in Egypt. The only problem is that I don't know which tape set to buy next to learn more without repeating what I have learned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starting point Nov. 19 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
What an excellent starting point! Unlike most tapes, this set was slow enough to keep up with and breaks down the pronunciation of a word into manageable pieces. The repetition is helpful to remember the vocabulary. I used it in the car going to work everyday and finished all the tapes in one month. My only regret is that there isn't another expanded set available.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been good but... Aug. 15 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
One of the male speakers has an extremely confusing manner of pronouncing the "t" as a "k" in feminine verb forms. I played the tapes over and over repeating these errors many times before figuring this out. Now I'm trying to unlearn this stupidity. There is no book (transcription) along with the tape - so you are totally on your own, with no way to verify if you are hearing what you think you might be hearing. The aggravation I received from this course was 10 times worse than the amount I paid. Don't waste your money or especially your time on this course - unless you're a comic and want Egyptians to laugh at your idiotic pronunciation.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for a trip to Damascus March 29 2005
By J. Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Note that these CDs are specifically in the Damascus dialect, ask a native speaker if that dialect will work where you are going. My wife is Syrian from Damascus, and I found these tapes much more useful than the class I took from an Egyptian teacher. The spoken dialects are very different. Now my wife's family is actually understanding the things I say, it's worth every penny.

My guess is that the critical review below stems from trying to use the Eastern Arabic CDs for a trip to Egypt. You have to get the Egyptian CDs to learn the Egyptian dialect. Egyptians struggle to understand my wife, they are probably not going to understand an English speaker trying to speak the Damascus dialect.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pimsleur Eastern Arabic I, 2nd Edition (Syrian Dialect) March 2 2007
By Karl Thorsson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a review of Pimsleur's Eastern Arabic I, 2nd Edition
Updated 19 August 2009

Crystal Clear Speech from native Syrian speakers

This is the first installment in the Eastern Arabic series. After you complete this course you can directly go on to
Pimsleur Eastern Arabic II, Copyright 2006. After completing the latter you can jump to Pimsleur Eastern Arabic III, Copyright 2008.

Pimsleur's 1st edition of Arabic (Eastern) I will not help you make a smooth transition into Eastern Arabic II. Therefore I highly recommend you study with this product, namely Pimsleur's Eastern Arabic I, 2nd Edition.

To illustrate a different aspect of Arabic study I will elaborate further:
If one learns MSA (Modern Standard Arabic), one will learn the language of the Koran, aka Classical Arabic, this is a language used in books, not a language used to communicate with people on a regular basis.
If John Doe learns MSA, he will be eventually understood when he speaks in a shop, and then his interlocutor will respond to John in his/her local dialect, which John will find unintelligible and then the conversation will be over. Nevertheless, if John Doe learns a dialect such as Eastern (Syrian) or Egyptian, he will have a better chance of understanding the response from his Arabic speaking interlocutor.

In my opinion, this is the best Arabic Course if you are headed to Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, where Eastern Arabic is spoken. Additionally, after completing this course, I personally have not had much difficulty in communicating with people from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, UAE (where Gulf Arabic is spoken). Note that Iraqis speak Iraqi Arabic which is different but similar to Syrian, but you will still be able to communicate. The Gulf dialect is also different but more similar to Syrian than Egyptian.

If you are heading for Egypt, you should get Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic instead. Egyptian and Eastern, while sharing the same root have evolved over the centuries.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent starting point Nov. 18 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
What an excellent starting point! Unlike most tapes, this set was slow enough to keep up with and breaks down the pronunciation of a word into manageable pieces. The repetition is helpful to remember the vocabulary. I used it in the car going to work everyday and finished all the tapes in one month. My only regret is that there isn't another expanded set available.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great starter kit! Nov. 30 1999
By Dan P Dagher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
Tapes provided a great starter kit for learning. I'm ready for more. The only improvement I would make to this starter series is to increase the number of examples used for possessive nouns.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars other opinion May 26 2008
By S. Slinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This product is a great way for someone with little to no knowledge of Arabic to get a solid footing in the language. I disagree with the other reviewer who says that they should have released the arabic program in modern standard arabic, as opposed to the easter dialect. Most people when they are learning a language are learning it for a specific reason, (i.e a trip, or because they are romantically envolved with someone who speaks it) In this case this program is directed towards people who want to learn Arabic to communicate with people in the middle east, specifically in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, hence the name "eastern arabic". If a traveler to any of these countries spent their time learning Modern Standard Arabic prior to their trip they would find it very useless, as NO ONE uses it on a daily basis, and they will not be able to understand a thing that anyone in these countries is talking about. The only people who should learn MSA are people that are studying the language in depth and who seek to become fluent in the literary langugae, and be able to read books and watch news broadcasts in Arabic, which are usually broadcast in MSA to ensure intelligiblity to Arabic speakers accross the Arabic Speaking world who may not be from the specific dialect-area where the broadcast originated from (ie. Algezeera.)
For most people the fun of learning a language is being able to have every day conversations with people, greetings, asking for directions, ordering meals etc. What good would it do the average tourist/business person if on trip to the middle east they could understand a news broadcast, but not be able to understand if someone on the street was simply asking them what their name is? Also, contrary to what this other reviewer said, the media, literature, and the educated do NOT communicate in Arabic in any Muslim country where Arabic is not the official language. Arabic will be of absolutely no use to you if you're traveling to Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, or any other non-arab Muslim country, unless of course you happen to be traveling to these countries for some kind of Islamic conference where you will be reading the Koran. As a final point, Pimsleur seeks to teach its customers to speak an every day version of the language they are learning, and the truth is that Modern Standard Arabic is not a language used in everyday situations. Another problem with learning MSA as opposed to a specific dialect, is that although the people to whom you are speaking will likely be able to understand what you are saying, you will not understand their responses.
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