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Arabic Primer

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Nicholas James Bridgewater

4 Hours 25 Minutes


January 2016

Audio Book Summary

"Languages", Sir Arthur Cotton writes, "are usually learnt as if it took a long time to learn the grammar &c., but that to speak with a good pronunciation and expression, and freely, and to catch the words from a speaker by the ear were easily and quickly acquired, but this is exactly contrary to fact." Cotton's "Vocal system" differs from the traditional grammatical method of learning languages in that it emphasises the development of correct pronunciation and the gradual acquisition of correct expressions and vocabulary. This is achieved through listening and repeating words and phrases uttered by a teacher. In the case of this audiobook, the teacher is the reader himself. The Arabic Primer contains only the simplest and most basic Arabic words. It allows the student to gain a foundational knowledge of the sounds and expressions of the Arabic language. Having mastered this work, the student can continue to develop his or her knowledge of Arabic through more advanced textbooks. (Summary by Nicholas Bridgewater)

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  • Yes M.

    As a native Arabic speaker, I can say that this material is full of grammar mistakes, pronunciation is not good as well.

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  • Drewsarius

    This is not helpful in the slightest in learning Arabic. Try Pimsleur, it’s not free like this was, but it’s not gonna waste your time.

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  • Osman Raidhan

    Very tedious and monotone. Couldn't listen on long drives. I didn't learn much either probably due to my first statement

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