An Introduction to Modern Arabic Author:Farhat J. Ziadeh, R. Bayly Winder The purpose of this book is to introduce the student, particularly the student with little experience in studying languages, to modern literary Arabic with concentration on the style employed in newspapers. The book does not pretend to cover all the fine points of the language or to be an advanced reference grammar. Further, the authors have not... more » thought of it as a "teach-yourself" book though the experience of some users indicates that it may be satisfactory for that purpose.
The approach here centers on two themes. The first is to analyze the morphological and syntactic patterns of the language inductively after they have been used. Thus normal progression is from the specific to the general. The second major point is an extremely careful control of vocabulary, with an emphasis on words having a high frequency count in Arabic language newspapers. The result is that the student who has gone through the book carefully has a small, selected, and compact vocabulary.
Typical chapters contain four sections. Section I consists of a text, with parallel translation, in which the new grammatical points to be exemplified are presented as well as new vocabulary. Section II consists of an analysis of these new points plus generalizations based on them. Section III contains a second text, with parallel translation, in which the new points that the chapter deals with are again stressed, and new vocabulary is again introduced. Section IV consists of isolated sentences in English and Arabic to be translated, with the intent of making the student use the constructions exemplified in the chapter and to repeat some of the vocabulary units, without introducing new vocabulary.« less