Modern Standard Arabic, or MSA, is the standard, formal, written form that is used and understood throughout the Arab world. While primarily written, MSA is also spoken in highly formal situations, in higher education, in sermons, and in the courts of law.
The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Each lesson of Modern Standard Arabic Phase 1, Unit 01-05 provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation. Each lesson contains practice for vocabulary introduced in previous lessons.
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I found Pimsleur's Portuguese course to be excellent. I progressed rapidly.
This Arabic course is a lot less well presented. The speakers speak too quickly, forcing me to have to keep repeating sections to get it clear. There are few if any explanations around why phrases and sounds are used
"Effective way to learn Arabic"
This approach for learning a language is very effective. There is lots of repetition, help with pronunciation, and practical, daily uses of the language. I take a weekly in-person Arabic class, which has me focused on grammar rules and which makes me unable to produce the language due to the complexity of the grammar rules, This audio book has enabled me to actually produce the spoken language. If you are a stickler for grammar details, using just this audio book might stress you out since you might not understand some of the finer details. But if you are willing to learn the grammar a bit organically (or if you pair the book with a class as I do), you'll do great. I highly recommend it.
"Useful and Easy to Learn"
I don't have much time working an average of 10 hours a day and a bit on the weekend. This course is suitable to learn for at least 30min each day especially while stuck in traffic for more than an hour.
I find that repeating a unit once il really does wonders. Next day your memory is great.
Good job to the educators
"I really like the way this method works!"
Great development of vocabulary and understanding of grammar. It keeps me engaged without getting bored. I wanted to try the first book as a test run, now I'll be purchasing the entire series.
"Best way to learn a new language"
Pimsleur has been such a great language tool that both me and my husband bought the full 30 lesson set in our chosen language. My husband finished the first 25 lessons in a month and can now speak Greek in complete sentences. I have been less consistent, but in a month I have still learned basic phrases needed for travel in Arabic. If you are not ready to commit fully to a language program this five lesson set is a great way to test out if pimsleur will work for you. The key is doing a lesson every day, sometimes I need to repeat lessons two or three times before moving forward.
"Great introduction to MSA, but hope they had more"
Narrarator was clear and subject matter covered was clear and basic, great for an introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA).
One down side is that they don't repeat the phrases more than 1.5 times in MSA. But the integration of concepts is natural and helps me recall words from earlier units!
"best way I've ever tried"
I have learned Spanish from usually ways of learning. it took me years to be motivated and actually learn it.. after finishing just the first week, I was saying hello to my arabic friends with confidence. I'm no expert but if you are looking to learn a new language, this could be it for you
I really enjoy listening and practicing along with the speakers. Each day, I look forward to sitting and learning my lesson.Pimsleur has excellent teaching methods. I have learned to read and write Arabic and I know many words and rules of Grammar, yet I am still unable to speak it fluently. But, now, after a few lessons with Pimsleur, I find myself saying words and sentences more quickly and confidently than before.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to learn to speak Arabic.
"Great way to practice the Arabic you've learned"
The hardest part about learning Arabic has been recalling the things I've learned quickly when on the spot. To know words and phrases is nice, but very different than being able to recall them in Arabic conversation situations. The best thing about this approach is that is forces you to quickly recall the things you've learned while giving you beneficial vocabulary and phrases that build by repetition. It would be useful without prior exposure to grammar but if you study grammar outside of this program it will really help you recognize and reinforce your grammar and verb understanding. You won't learn every word you'll ever need to know but you will know the words and phrases you've learned on this program very well, as well as be able to use parts of this to form your own conversation with the vocabulary you've learned outside of this program. In a short time it has already helped my brain respond quicker and without the "deer in the headlights" look on my face that I often have when addressed in Arabic. ;) It's like having someone to converse with in Arabic who will correct your mistakes and is amply patient.
"Effective way to learn a difficult language "
Does a good job of stepping through basics of conversational arabic, including a useful application of certain basics of grammar.
directions part was the most difficult but let's be honest MSA is a difficult language.
"Great starting point"
Gradual good progress of learning Arabic language
Arabic - lessons that follow
Great starting point - 30 min a day each lesson - great for listening on the way to work.
I thoroughly enjoy it, and there is so much repetition interspersed throughout the audio that you can't forget it. Really good and is modern standard Arabic too, which is understood in all Arabic countries.
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