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Arabic Voices 2

Arabic Voices 2

(4 customer reviews)

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PDF eBook


B1, B2


188 pages



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.

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Topics include: 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
  • Weblinks to articles and videos related to the segment
  • Select segments feature grammar focuses for additional practice

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REVIEW: Arabic Voices 1 and 2

Review by Brahim Oulbeid in Al-ʿArabiyya: Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (Georgetown University Press)

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4 reviews for Arabic Voices 2

  1. Louis


    Fantastic resource, this is the first of it’s kind providing recordings and transcriptions of real people talking about daily life and themselves in their native accent. There isn’t anything like this available anywhere else. The usual materials provided by other resources are basic and in MSA. This is not useful to anybody. In this book you will hear real people talking how they normally talk to other Arabs. I highly recommend this product for all levels of Arabic students working on any dialect. It is a real eye opener for me as there is nothing like this out there. Please keep up the good work Lingualism!! I have waited years for resources like this. At a great price and brilliant format!

  2. Mauricio

    Mauricio (verified owner)

    I have been working through this book and, like its predecessor (Arabic Voices 1), it is so far an excellent resource. The recordings are solid in quality, the topics are diverse and interesting, and the overall structure of each chapter is very conducive for self-study.

  3. Fan

    Fan (verified owner)

    Very good resource. The books contains lot of authentic listening and reading practice.

  4. Richard

    Richard (verified owner)

    I don’t know how and for what purpose other people use this material, but it is an extremely useful tool for me. I work with people. I don’t use Arabic every week. When I go to work, I may know that I have to communicate in Arabic that day, but I don’t yet know what dialect the client speaks. I listen to this material over and over again while driving, washing dishes, exercising etc. and my speech understanding is improving. There must be some neurophysiological explanation for this, I don’t know.

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