Arabic Voices 1: Authentic Listening and Reading Practice in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Dialects

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Arabic Voices presents dozens of audio essays on a variety of topics by native speakers from across the Arabic world, in both Modern Standard Arabic and regional dialects. Each essay is transcribed, translated into English, and includes exercises to improve comprehension.

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Arabic Voices is a two-part series designed to provide students of Arabic with an opportunity to hear and study authentic Arabic as it is spoken by native speakers today. Unlike the scripted materials read by voice actors used in many course books, Arabic Voices offers dozens of audio essays spoken naturally and off-the-cuff by individuals from across the Arab World. Each of the twelve native speakers has contributed audio essays in both Modern Standard Arabic and his or her native dialect, which have then been transcribed for study.

Topics include: self-introductions, childhood memories, daily routines, university life, marriage, religion, clothing, transportation, and the Arabic language, among other cultural topics.

The segments (audio essay chapters) in Modern Standard Arabic provide valuable insight into native speakers’ range of style and proficiency in the language.

The segments in colloquial Arabic dialects offer a fascinating look into the many varieties of Arabic, and how similar and different they really are from one another. Fine-tuning your listening to the idiosyncrasies of each dialect will truly help you better understand spoken Arabic.

Each segment contains:

  • Exercises to sharpen your listening skills and increase how much you can understand, whatever your level.
  • In-chapter answers to the exercises (no having to flip back and forth to the back of the book).
  • A voweled transcript of the audio with side-by-side English translations
  • Cultural and linguistic notes
  • Web links to articles and videos related to the segment
  • Select segments feature grammar focuses for additional practice

The accompanying audio (MP3s) is available for download free of charge in the Lingualism Audio Library.

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1 review for Arabic Voices 1: Authentic Listening and Reading Practice in Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Dialects

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I bought Arabic Voices 1 book a few months ago and took advantage of the mp3 availability.
    Although I understood the technique which is suggested in the introduction I soon realised that the standard was too difficult for me to rely on listening.

    I concentrated on working with the text as I found from the outset that I could follow enough of the passage even if there were big gaps in my vocabulary. The parallel text is invaluable for this and this is enhanced by the arrangement in short sentences which are numbered.
    Despite not using the mp3 recordings much, I was so pleased with the book that I ordered volume 2 almost immediately.

    The other decision was to concentrate on the MSA texts – given the standard I am at the prospect of coping with other varieties of Arabic was too ambitious (but see below).

    I then followed on with volume 2.

    I have now gone back and started volume 1 again. I estimate that whereas I understood 50+% on the first reading, without reference to the English text, this has now risen to 60-80%, depending on the passage.
    Also, I have now “dared” to read through the non-MSA sections and have been pleasantly surprised how much I can understand and by the fact that they do not vary so much from MSA as I had anticipated. (Which is why I avoided them at the start.)

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