Students looking to develop high-level practical speaking skills should strongly consider buying this dictionary on Egyptian Arabic.
The book is so useful that I added “Get a Copy ” as a new, stand-alone strategy to last week’s article on 20 strategies for becoming a high-level Arabic speaker.
What is the Unique Value Added?
- Extremely comprehensive in its coverage of spoken Egyptian Arabic (900+ pages).
- Most importantly – every single term has examples of how it is used, in context, something that must have taken a tremendous amount of time and effort to produce.
For students studying foreign languages, to know only the meaning of term is nice, but more importantly, how do you use it? Most Arabic dictionaries only give the meaning of words. This means that the student has to figure out on their own through trial and error how they are used. By contrast, with this dictionary the student can significantly Jump-Start that process.
Here are 3 terms I picked randomly to show you what I mean:
(1) “Where” – as used in its many forms
(2) Profit – the many contingencies:
(3) To Facilitate – all forms as used in practice
And it goes on like this for 900 pages. It’s a true Gold Mine of information.
The Only Downsides:
(1) The weight:
As you can see – nearly 10 pounds. We all know how Suit-case space is at a premium on long-haul trips. Normally a book that weights 10 pounds would be hard-pressed to make the cut. Yet I would actually suggest that this book is useful enough to haul it back and forth several thousand miles to the Middle East. I did so many times.
(2) It Aint Cheap:
Still, think like an investor. Focus on Value, not Cost. For serious Arabic students, in it for the long-term, $180 is nothing. When I think of all the different resources you could pay for as a language student (books, courses, tutors etc) $180 is a Steal for the valuable information this book provides.
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