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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Simon & Schuster (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." ( AudioFile magazine)

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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

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  • Vic
  • 13-03-2015

Effective way to learn Arabic

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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.

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  • Claire St. Hilaire
  • 31-07-2015

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.

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  • Karim
  • 02-12-2015

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

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  • CoachMatt
  • 28-05-2015

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

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  • Laura Ward
  • 28-07-2017

Extremely Helpful

this book is very well organized. I feel that I have a good start on the language.

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  • Kahn
  • 20-11-2015

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.

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  • thomas
  • 02-08-2017

annoying

uses a great deal of time adding and repeating relatively useless information such as gender and titles instead of focusing on the relevant information to be conveyed.
also, mixing in three or more drastically different voice actors in an educational setting serves only to confuse the listener and obscure the nuances of the target language for an untrained ear.

but then again, i expect this could be common practice for these kinds of books. adding roleplay in an attempt to make it entertaining instead of educational.

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  • Patty
  • 03-12-2016

Excellent methods!

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.

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  • Jessalyn Massingill
  • 11-10-2016

Great way to practice the Arabic you've learned

What made the experience of listening to Arabic (Modern Standard) Level 1 Lessons 1-5 the most enjoyable?

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.

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  • C. Able
  • 16-09-2016

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-01-2016

brilliant.

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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  • Muhammad Ali
  • 02-07-2018

Good system

Good to hear native pronunciation. Tried and tested system so don't hesitate, try it out and put the time in.

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  • Mr A.
  • 09-12-2017

excellent.

fun and easy to learn. I loved it very much. I highly recommend it for beginners

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  • benjahman
  • 27-12-2016

Excellent for beginners

I did know nothing of Arabic.. Within thgthge fursdfursdt two lessons I could have a very short conversation with my work colleague who speaks fluently. She was so impressed she asked me if I had private lessons foir s few months.
Results in a few days and you don't forget it .very good methods.

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  • Lance Johnson
  • 20-05-2016

Great starting point

What did you like most about Arabic (Modern Standard) Level 1 Lessons 1-5?

Gradual good progress of learning Arabic language

What other book might you compare Arabic (Modern Standard) Level 1 Lessons 1-5 to, and why?

Arabic - lessons that follow

What does Pimsleur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

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Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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Any additional comments?

Great starting point - 30 min a day each lesson - great for listening on the way to work.