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The Arabic Alphabet (How to Read and Write it) - Book Review

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by Juran Hakim (subscribe)
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Published June 3rd 2014

Whether you are fluent in Arabic or a complete beginner, The Arabic Alphabet (How to Read and Write it), written by Nicholas Awde and Putros Samano (both of whom have studied Arabic and teach it), will gift you with the confidence and basics needed to grasp the ancient Semitic language.


'It's not as hard as it looks' should be the title of this book, because it is certainly the theme.

The writers are careful and diligent in the explanation of pronouncement, punctuation and in detailing the ominous looking Arabic alphabet.

Each section is clearly labelled, and minimised in depth so as to not confuse or overload the reader.

Bite-sized chunks of information are given in a coherent and sensible approach. If you are determined and able to overlook the alphabet and read further, you will find yourself learning very quickly indeed.


A level of patience should certainly be practised, but such is life. The only discrepancy is that the book doesn't come with an audio CD to help with pronunciation, but the consequence of this is a very humble price tag of 7.99.

With the rise of oil rich countries such as Dubai, and the presence of Islam increasing around the world, learning Arabic poses not only a social value but a commercial value also.

The Arabic Alphabet (How to Read and Write it) deserves to be studied on an academic level, and held under the arms of aspiring students studying Arabic as a second language.

I was personally astounded at the quick progression made whilst reading this book. Not only did I gain understanding but confidence as well. I will certainly recommend this book to anyone willing to tackle the difficulties of learning a new language.
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