Arabic (Eastern) - 2nd Ed.: Learn to Speak and Understand Arabic with Pimsleur Language Programs Audio Cassette – Abridged, Audiobook
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
Updated 19 August 2009
FIVE STARS HANDS DOWN, 10/10
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.
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.
Thanks to such a method one manages with practically no effort to speak and read arabic at an intermediate level.
Having previously purchased Comprehensive Arabic I & II (through another online site however) I was looking forward to the III one...I was anything but disappointed.
In the III series, we are being repeated knowledge acquired through the I & II while introduced to a new vocabulary of approximately 500 words.
My only objection: this is not a method to complete within 30 days as by the Pimsleur advertisements. It was sometimes taking me up to 3 days to comprehend a lesson and move on to the following one. Still, this was worth the effort...
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