Shuwayya ‘An Nafsi

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10 Egyptians x 30 questions = 300 responses. Read, listen, expand your vocabulary, and learn to express yourself better in Egyptian Arabic. (Anki study flashcards available separately.)

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Shuwayya ‘An Nafsi (شُوَيّه عن نفْسى šuwáyya 3an náfsi A Little About Myself) will be of tremendous help to independent language learners who want to develop their conversational skills and increase their Arabic vocabulary.

Very simply, Shuwayya ‘An Nafsi presents the results of a survey given to 10 Egyptians. Each of the 30 sections in the book begins with a question from the survey followed by the 10 responses and a breakdown of the vocabulary. Each section concludes with a page where you are encouraged to give your own answer to the question using newly learned words and phrases.

The book has been designed in such a way that it can be an effective learning tool for learners at all levels, with glossaries of even the most basic words for beginners, and unvoweled texts and Modern Standard Arabic translations for more advanced learners.

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

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1 review for Shuwayya ‘An Nafsi

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Patrick Baggett (verified owner)

    A very unique idea and an excellent resource. The speakers speak at native speeds and answer a number of questions. Because each question receives ten responses, you really get to hear a lot of different ways to phrase things, but also commonalities between the answers.

    The glossary for each speaker and for each response is impeccably well-done and teaches not only individual words, but useful expressions. One can also intuit various grammar functions by seeing the same patterns over and over.

    Here is what I’ve found helps me to get the most out of the book:

    1) Read the title of the section (“Ismak eh?” -> “What’s your name”) to understand what is happening.

    2) Close the book, listen to all of the responses, listening for common words. It doesn’t matter if you understand yet, but listen for repetitive phrases. These are key phrases/words.

    3) Listen again! 🙂

    3a) [Optional, Advanced] If you want to test listening comprehension, transcribe the conversation. This may require lots of repetition.

    4) Start at the beginning, and read Arabic the first person’s response with the audio playing. Pause when the answer is over.

    5) Study the vocabulary below, and the English translation.

    6) Rewind, listen to the response again, but this time, read the English with it too.

    7) Try reading it aloud.

    8)Listen to it again, comparing your pronunciation to the speakers.

    9) Repeat as necessary until you feel like you’ve got it. [record self for comparison if desired]

    10) Great! Finished one speaker’s response. Move on to the next one!

    Of course, this is just what I do. Depending on time, you may just want to read along and later spend more time with each question individually.

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