Colloquial Arabic of the Gulf
By Clive Holes
Published October 28th 2009 by Routledge – 438 pages
Series: Colloquial Series
This new edition of Colloquial Arabic of the Gulf has been revised and updated to make learning this variety of Arabic easier and more enjoyable than ever before.
Specially written by an expert for self-study and classroom use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to spoken Arabic of the Gulf, together with an introduction to reading signs, business cards, advertisements and other realia. No prior knowledge of the language is required.
Each unit presents numerous grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary summaries throughout.
Features new to this edition include:
By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in Arabic in a broad range of situations.
Audio material on CD and in MP3 format is available to purchase separately. Recorded by native speakers of Arabic of the Gulf, this material is an invaluable component of the Colloquial Arabic of the Gulf course. It reinforces the material from the book and contains useful pronunciation exercises.
Introduction: How To Use This Book Pronunciation Guide Unit 1 Expressions of Quantity; Orders and Requests; ‘Please’,’Thank you’, ‘Be so Kind’ Unit 2 The Arabic Equivalent of ‘The’; The ‘Dual’; The Plural Unit 3 ‘How Much/Many?’ Prices; Numbers 1–10; Greetings Unit 4 Simple Descriptive Sentences; Noun-adjective Phrases; Some Other Types of Adjective Unit 5 Numbers 11 to 1,000,000; Age; Telling the Time; Personal Pronouns; ‘Who?’ and ‘What?’ Unit 6 Expressions of Place; The Verb: Past Tense. Unit 7 Past-tense Verbs: Verbs Beginning with a Glottal Stop; Past-tense Verbs: ‘Hollow’ Verbs; ‘To Say That’; ‘To Ask Whether’; Li’ann: ‘Because’; Expressions of Manner; Further Expressions of Time Unit 8 Noun-phrases; The Elative Adjective; Word Order Unit 9 Past-tense Verbs: ‘Doubled’ Verbs; Past-tense Verbs: ‘Weak’ Verbs; Time Conjunctions; Ordinal Numbers; Months Unit 10 Relative Clauses; Demonstrative Pronouns; Demonstrative Adjectives; The Negative in Equational Sentences; ‘Somebody’ and ‘Nobody’ Unit 11 The Imperfect Verb: Basic Forms; The Imperfect Verb: Different Stem-types; Review of Verb Forms; The Uses of the Imperfect Unit 12 Verb Strings; The Imperative: Strong Verbs; The Imperative: Other Types of Verb; The Negative Imperative Unit 13 The Active Participle; The Passive Participle Unit 14 The Derived Themes of the Verb (I) Unit 15 The Verbal Noun; Co-ordinated Negatives; Compound Adjectives; ‘Self’ Unit 16 The Derived Themes of the Verb (II); Conditional Sentences Unit 17 Quadriliteral Verbs; ‘To Wish/Want’ and ‘To Prefer’; Verbs with Double Objects Unit 18 Diminutives; Uses of ábu and umm; ‘How Big!’ etc.; ‘So-and-so’; Forms of Personal Address; Exhortations Unit 19 Verb Strings Involving kaan/yikúun; More Conjunctions; ‘As if’; Expressions Meaning ‘I think’; ‘Some’ and ‘Each Other’; Adverbs in -an Unit 20 Texts Answer-Key Appendices 1. Variations in Pronunciation 2. The Arabic Script Glossaries Gulf Arabic-English English-Gulf Arabic
Clive Holes is Professor for the Study of the Contemporary Arab World at the University of Oxford. He has published widely on the Arabic language and its dialects and has been teaching it since 1983. He lived and worked in the Gulf for ten years.