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Foreign Service Method Saudi Arabic
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Pimsleur Comprehensive
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Foreign Service Method Saudi Arabic and
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Foreign Service Method Saudi Arabic Basic Course - Urban Hijazi Dialect
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This course teaches the Urban Hijazi Dialect, the most widely spoken and understood dialect on the Arabian Peninsula, and the one used for government and commercial purposes. This is a modern course, assembled in 1974 for use by diplomats, business people and serious language students. Upon completion of this course the student should have attained a working proficiency in the language. Students will be able to satisfy routine social and business requirements, be able to carry on conversations regarding a wide range of topics, and comprehend speech at a normal rate of speed. The book also provides students with the basic grammatical structures of the dialect enabling them to proceed to a greater mastery of the language. With 15 CDs and a book. And we are now pleased to offer a Digital Edition of the course, with an Adobe PDF of the text and MP3 audio files of the audio CDs, all on one CD-ROM!
Book and CD version
Special: Was $239, now for $95!
$95  
Book and MP3 Audio Edition
$59  

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Arabic On The Go!
iPod Touch Pre-Loaded with FSI Saudi Arabic and Iraqi Arabic
We are now offering a combined package of FSI Saudi Arabic Basic Course, the Iraqi Dialect Orientation Course, and the iPod Touch 8 GB Flash portable music/video/software WiFi enabled handheld. The new iPod lets you take music videos and TV shows on the road. Now you can study your Arabic anywhere, with a portable audio package that is tiny, reliable, and robust! Tune up on your pronunciation, practice your verbs, work on conversation anywhere, with this comprehensive set of lessons. The player comes preloaded with all the MP3 audio tracks. With this tiny player, you can carry a year's worth of language lessons, practicing pronunciation and conversation drills with the audio tracks, read a PDF lesson on the Touch, or read or print it out on any computer. We'll also include a set of CD-ROMs of the courses that come preloaded, in case you would rather just use them on a computer the old-fashioned way, and as back-ups in case anything goes wrong.
Complete Arabic On The Go Package
$100 off! Was $495, now $395
FSI Saudi Arabic and Iraqi Arabic and the iPod Touch 8 GB Flash portable music/video/software WiFi enabled handheld.
$395  
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10 minutes a day Series with CD-ROM for Arabic
Imagine speaking a new language! This Book / Interactive CD-ROM Series by Kristine K. Kershul, and Bilingual Books, Inc., will have you speaking a foreign language in no time. You'll communicate with ease and have those travel experiences you've always dreamed of. The 132-page Books are filled with exercises, Sticky Labels, Flash Cards and other study tools which fit cleverly into your daily routine to make learning enjoyable. The new Interactive CD-ROM brings these 10 minutes a day® study tools to your computer so you have more ways to play and have fun with your new language. Soon, you'll be ordering a meal, making new friends and finding your way around town—all in a foreign language. Now you're ready for the trip of a lifetime! (Windows and Mac CD-ROM).

Basics of Iraqi Arabic CD-ROM
The Basics of Iraqi Arabic offers a beginning crash course to teach English-speakers the Iraqi Arabic language, and covers basic words, expressions and sentences that anybody speaking English would need to know in order to get around in Iraq. Each Arabic word or sentence or expression is taught with a transliteration in English, the meaning written in English, an audio recording of it in Iraqi Arabic, and the written version of it in Iraqi Arabic. The CD-ROM is divided into 23 lessons include common words and phrases dealing with: Greetings, Courtesy Conversations, Words and Phrases, Interrogative Words, Conciliatory Sentences, Verbs, Transportation, Numbers, Ordinal Numbers, Days of the Week, Time Expressions, Colors Directions, Locations, Medical Phrases, Sanitation, Food, Telephone Conversation, Military and Security Terms, Security Check and Search Personal Belongings, House Search, Interrogation, and Commands. With this method the user achieves a quick introduction to speaking and understanding the language. The CD-ROM runs on the Windows operating system on any computer with a sound card and web browser; the MP3 files on the CD-ROM can also be downloaded into an MP3 player and used in that format.
$79  

Iraqi Dialect Orientation Course
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This course presumes a rudimentary knowledge of Arabic, and is designed to supplement existing texts. Lesson 1 stresses pronunciation and Iraqi dialect sounds; thereafter Lessons 2 through 11 are grouped by topic. Typical situations include greetings, use of courtesy phrases, expressions of time and weather, and similar topics. Originally produced by the Defense Language Institute for the Persian Gulf War, it is now published by Lucas Language and distributed by Multilingual Books, and comes with a 117 page text and four audio CDs. And we are now pleased to offer a Digital Edition of the course, with an Adobe PDF of the text and MP3 audio files of the audio CDs, all on one CD-ROM!
Print Version with CDs
$79  
Digital Edition
$45  

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Iraqi Survival Course
We've put together a crash-course for Iraqi Arabic, with the core based on the Iraqi course originally designed for Desert Shield by the Defense Language Institute, and now produced by Lucas Language Ltd. This package is very compact, affords an easy look-up of words, vocabulary, and phrases, and facilitates a better understanding of the language, with audio and book practice and an interactive element of speak and repeat, instant correction, and so forth. We start off with Talk Now! for Arabic to develop a beginning knowlege of Arabic. Talk Now! is a multimedia CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh computers that is suitable for language beginners who want a fun and fast introduction to a language. We then supplement that with the with the Eastern Arabic-English / English-Eastern Arabic Dictionary and Phrasebook which covers the spoken Arabic of Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, and Syria. The course then centers on the Iraqi Arabic Dialect Orientation Course to develop a more specific knowledge of Iraqi Arabic, and focuses on the typical situations that include greetings, use of courtesy phrases, expressions of time and weather, and similar topics. This course includes four CDs and a 117 page text, and consists of eleven lessons. Purchased separately, these courses would total over $160, but we are offering it to you for
$129 - a savings of over $30!
$129  
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Iraqi Arabic CD-ROM Bundle
We are now offering a package of CD-ROMs for those going to Iraq. The Basics of Iraqi Arabic offers a beginning crash course to teach English-speakers the Iraqi Arabic language, and covers basic words, expressions and sentences that anybody speaking English would need to know in order to get around in Iraq. Each Arabic word or sentence or expression is taught with a transliteration in English, the meaning written in English, an audio recording of it in Iraqi Arabic, and the written version of it in Iraqi Arabic. The CD-ROM is divided into 23 categories, ranging from numbers, colors and directions to medical phrases and military and security terms. The Iraqi Dialect Orientation Course picks up where the previous CD-ROM leaves off, presuming a rudimentary knowledge of Arabic. Lesson 1 stresses pronunciation and Iraqi dialect sounds; thereafter Lessons 2 through 11 are grouped by topic, with typical situations that include greetings, use of courtesy phrases, expressions of time and weather, and similar topics. Originally produced by the Defense Language Institute for the Persian Gulf War, this CD-ROM comes with an Adobe PDF of the text and MP3 audio files of the audio CDs. Both of these CD-ROMs run on the Windows operating system on any computer with a sound card and web browser; the MP3 files on each CD-ROM can also be downloaded into an MP3 player and used in that format. And by buying these two products as a package, you save $25!
$99  

Foreign Service Method Levantine Arabic (Introduction to Pronunciation)
'Levantine Arabic' refers to a dialect of educated Palestinians who have been long term residents of Beirut. This dialect is mutually intelligible with most urban dialects of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. This course is also useful for other dialects spoken from Iraq through North Africa. The material is arranged into 19 sections, which are ordered so as to take students from what they know or have learned into new material. 6 CDs (app. 9.5 hrs) and book.
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Foreign Service Method Modern Written Arabic CD Course
$25 off CD version, Levels 1 and 2! | $50 both levels!
Within the Arabic speaking world there is a considerable diversity of dialects spoken. In addition to the colloquial dialects, there is a literary language known as Modern Written Arabic, which functions as the official language of newspapers, radio, television, and academia. This book and audio CD course gives a thorough grounding in MWA, focusing on newspapers, editorials, essays, books, and periodicals, and is designed to give the user access to the realms of journalism, government, and literature. It requires a knowledge of Arabic script and pronunciation as well as elementary grammar, and is meant for use with an instructor, although a dedicated student may make progress in self-study. Level One comes with a coursebook and 24 CDs; Level Two with a coursebook and 8 CDs.
Level OneWas $295, now $270!
Coursebook with 24 CDs.
$270  
Level TwoWas $225, now $199!
Coursebook with 8 CDs.
$199  
Levels One and TwoWas $445, now $420!
2 coursebooks, 32 CDs.
$420  
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Arabic Intermediate Course Package
(Comes with Foreign Service Method Modern Written Arabic - Level One and World Talk CD-ROM for Arabic)
Within the Arabic speaking world there are many dialects spoken, and amongst them is a literary language known as Modern Written Arabic, the official language of newspapers, radio, television, and academia. FSI Modern Written Arabic gives a thorough grounding in MWA, focusing on newspapers, editorials, essays, books, and periodicals, and is designed to give the user access to the realms of journalism, government, and literature. Comes with book and 24 tapes. World Talk is an interactive CD-ROM from Eurotalk for intermediate students with games, drills, and quizzes designed to expand your grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation in a fun and relaxed way. Together these make a complete intermediate package for Arabic, and you save $40 over burying these items separately.

Linguaphone Comprehensive Acquisition Bundle for Arabic
The Linguaphone Comprehensive Acquisition Course is truly comprehensive instruction. The power and effectiveness of this course is due to the multi-faceted teaching methods that are employed. Many courses on the market today will list everything that you will learn line-by-line. Linguaphone courses teach you the language and how to use it. When you're finished with the course, you will not be able to simply repeat the phrases that you've learned, you will be able to create your own sentences and have your own conversations. Linguaphone will give you the necessary tools to actually use your new language and make it a part of yourself. Through the use of the Comprehensive Acquisition Course, you will quickly train and develop the 4 primary language skills: Comprehension (Listening & Understanding), Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Unlike traditional methods of learning a new language, with the Linguaphone method of language acquisition, you are in complete control of your learning. The courses were created with many different learning styles in mind. You can go as fast or as slow as you see fit. You won't be bogged down with endless, mind-numbing repetition and won't feel left behind.

Linguaphone PDQ Quick Acquisition Course
This is an amazingly efficient course that helps you quickly get on your feet with acquiring a new language. This course is great for students, travelers, and businesspeople. You will learn how to communicate in a variety of situations from common situations faced by travelers and businesspeople, to everyday conversations in which you discuss yourself, your family, and your life. The key is learning to converse. With Linguaphone's PDQ course, you aren't just taught words and phrases, but you're coached on how to actually converse using your new language. No need to be glued to a computer or textbook, you can use the 4 audio CDs in your car, MP3 player, or any other CD player. They are a perfect on-the-go alternative to acquiring a new language. You can learn in your car and then reinforce your knowledge with the workbook/learning guide. Then, once you have a basic understanding of the language, you can dramatically increase your communication abilities through the acquisition of hundreds of phrases in our comprehensive 250-page phrasebook.
Digital Download of the Linguaphone PDQ Quick Acquisition Course
Now download the PDF Quick Acquisition Course in a digital MP3 version, and get it today - and save $20 over the CD version! This is the same version, but without the phrasebook, and is great for the on-the-go lifestyle; learn on your iPod, netbook, or cellphone, wherever you are!

Pimsleur Comprehensive Eastern Arabic Levels 1 and 2
This is a state-of-the-art language learning course for spoken Eastern Arabic. The popular Pimsleur course does not use a book but uses a completely aural approach to language learning, perfect for learning quickly. The course features a proficiency-based system that helps the student learn through listening and speaking practice. 16 CDs. Shipping weight 3 lbs.
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Level 1 - Retail Price $345 - Our Price $199 (You Save $146)
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Pimsleur Comprehensive Egyptian Arabic Level 1
This is a state-of-the-art language learning course for spoken Egyptian Arabic. The popular Pimsleur course does not use a book but uses a completely aural approach to language learning, perfect for learning quickly. The course features a proficiency-based system that helps the student learn through listening and speaking practice. 16 CDs. Shipping weight 3 lbs.
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Ahlan wa Sahlan: Functional Modern Standard Arabic for Beginners
by Mahdi Alosh, associate professor of Arabic, Ohio StateUniversity
This beautifully designed course is intended for elementary instruction in Modern Standard Arabic, and leads the student through reading passages, guided speaking practice, new vocabulary, listening comprehension passages and oral drills. It presents an engaging story that involves Adnan, a Syrian student studying in the U.S., and Michael, an American student studying in Cairo. In diaries, letters, and postcards the two students describe their thoughts and activities. The 575 page text, from Yale University Press, is without doubt the finest Beginning Arabic text presently available. Also included is a 136 page instructor's handbook for interactive teaching, and ten audio CDs recorded by native speakers.
"A major advance in the way Arabic is taught and an outstanding new addition to the available materials on the subject."
- Roger Allen, University of Pennsylvania
$395  

Al-Mumtaaz: Introduction to Arabic (A Multi-Media Language Acquisition Course)
This multiple award winning, ten unit, interactive CD-ROM course contains almost two hours of high-quality video filmed on location with professional actors in Arabic-speaking countries. Designed both for self-study and classroom use, this program also introduces Levantine, Egyptian and Arabian dialects. The program centers around a group of tourists who travel to an Arab country where they learn basic language skills through 300 engaging and interactive learning exercises. Native speakers on CD-quality audio introduce Arabic sounds, basic vocabulary, useful expressions, introductory grammar, script, culture capsules and history. Students can record and compare their pronunciation with that of the native speaker, take part in simulated conversations, and generate and print vocabulary for study. Includes six Multi-Media Interactive CD-ROMS.
"This set of six CD-ROM's was awarded the CINE Golden Eagle, the CINDY International (silver) and regional (gold) medals, and the National Association of Government communicators Gold Screen Competition 2nd place."
- U.S. Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service
Al-Mumtaaz: Introduction to Arabic
$345  
Al-Mumtaaz: Introduction to Arabic site license (for up to 20 machines)
$995  

Spoken Egyptian Arabic
Samia Mehrez
This is a grammar-based course that teaches spoken Egyptian Arabic though structured lessons, with each lesson including a series of spoken drills that reinforce the grammar, and a short spoken conversational dialogue that illustrates the grammar in action. It was designed to bridge the gap between highly technical Arabic grammars meant for the specialized student of Arabic, and simple phrase-books of basic sentences that are poorly designed for the purpose of real communication. The entire text is in transliteration of the phonetic script without coverage of the Arabic writing system, and focus is entirely on gaining mastery of the oral use of the language. Comes with a 250 page text, and 9 hours of audio examples on 13 CDs.
$275  

Modern Iraqi Arabic
By Yasin M. Alkalesi
An introductory text with six audio CDs for those with no previous knowledge of Arabic, or those who know Arabic but want to learn the Iraqi dialect, suitable for classroom or self-study. A detailed discussion of the consonants, vowels, and other characteristics of Iraqi phonetics - including pronunciation exercises - serves the needs of travelers, business people, diplomats, archeologists, and scholars who want to learn to speak the language quickly and efficiently. Using the dialect of middle-class Baghdad, 16 lessons are arranged in a story-like format and are based on everyday travel situations. The book contains basic dialog, grammar, vocabulary, drills, and an extensive glossary. A section of idiomatic phrases, accompanied by their cultural, religious, or proverbial explanations, offers insight into current Iraqi culture. With 6 audio CDs, 272-page text.
$119  

Gulf Arabic: The Dialects of Riyadh and Eastern Saudi Arabia
Habaka J. Feghali
The Arabic dialects described in this book are spoken in Riyadh and in some parts of Eastern Saudi Arabia, the Al-Hasa region, Qatif, Hufuf, and Safwa. The book begins with a brief grammar that outlines the dialectical peculiarities of Riyadh and the Eastern Saudi dialects. The 45 reading selections, which are the heart of this study, are based on spontaneous and unrehearsed recordings made by native speakers of the Saudi dialects. A vocabulary is provided with each selection along with both grammatical and cultural notes, and an English translation of each selection is provided for the student who may be working without the aid of an instructor. A composite glossary of some 2,000 terms is provided at the end of the book. With audio recordings of the articles read by a native speaker. 2004, 700 pages, hardbound.
Book and 2 CDs
$156  

Spoken Algerian Arabic
Elizabeth M. Bergman
This work, written by an Arabic dialect specialist, with the collaboration and assistance of Algerian native speakers, is intended for learners who are familiar with Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and with at least one other variety of spoken Arabic. It is made up of three parts. The first part is a grammar sketch that describes the distinguishing features of Spoken Algerian Arabic (SAA). The second part of the work consists of sample conversations transcribed from SAA audio recordings. An English translation follows the SAA selections along with a glossary of both Arabic and French terms that occur in each selection. The third part is a two-part glossary that lists Arabic and French words and phrases that occur in the audio selections. The first part of the glossary consists of Arabic terms and the second part French terms. Comes with an audio CD. 2005, 425 pages, hardbound.
With audio CD
$135  

Spoken Sudanese Arabic: Grammar, Dialogues, and Glossary
Elizabeth M. Bergman
This is the first book-length treatment of Spoken Sudanese Arabic for English speakers since 1979. The book opens with a grammar sketch which describes sounds, wordbuilding, phrase and sentence structure, and discourse in Sudanese Arabic. The teaching dialogues are transcribed from authentic audio and video recordings made by first-language speakers of Sudanese Arabic. Each dialogue is followed by a glossary of words and phrases from the dialogue and by comprehensive notes that explain linguistic and cultural features. The focus of this work is listening comprehension and is designed for use by intermediate-level learners of Arabic who are familiar with Modern Standard Arabic and at least one other dialect of spoken Arabic. Learners at other levels as well as researchers with an interest in Arabic dialects will also find this work useful. With one 90 min. audio cassette recording of the articles read by a native speaker. 2002, 393 pages, hardbound.
Book and cassette
$114  
Book and CD
$124  

Spoken Libyan Arabic
Eerik Dickinson
The aim of this book (with an audio CD) is to aid the student possessing a background in Modern Standard Arabic to comprehend the spoken Libyan dialect, or, more precisely, the two main urban dialects, that of Tripoli in the west and Benghazi in the East. The two speakers in the dialouges are from Tripoli and from the countryside surroundind Benghazi. A special aspect of the thirty selections in the book is that they are the spontaneous speech of ordinary informants and that they have been edited only for the sake of length. The selections are transcribed into a modified version of the International Phonetic Alphabet. Selections are accompanied by a vocabulary and notes, and there is a global glossary at the end of the book. An English translation of each selection is also provided. With audio recordings of the articles read by a native speaker. 2004, 399 pages, hardbound.
Book and CD
$144