Arabic Voices 1

Arabic Voices 1

(6 customer reviews)

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B1, B2


186 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.

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 coursebooks, 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
  • Weblinks to articles and videos related to the segment
  • Select segments feature grammar focuses for additional practice

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Track 1 - Razanne's Introduction
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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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6 reviews for Arabic Voices 1

  1. jim

    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.)

  2. Jabal wahesh

    I like this book because the text and audio files are very good to develop my arabic listening ability. You can learn 9countries accents from native arabic speakers. It sounds different from news caster or professional narrator but I think it is more natural and daily speaking. It is very slow speed of talking so if you have finished beginners texts, you should try to it. I will buy 2nd book too. Thank you

  3. 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!!

  4. mar

    I have worked through all of the chapters in this book/resource and definitely concur with the other reviewers that this (along with many other Lingualism products) is an excellent resource for students of Arabic. The recordings are generally of good-to-great quality, the topics are diverse and interesting, and the overall structure of each chapter is very conducive for self-study. I highly recommend Arabic Voices 1.

  5. Ndrew (verified owner)

    In the past I have struggled to find authentic and extended listening texts to support my Arabic studies. Typically, the listening activities that I found were short, inauthentic and limited to functional situations. I was therefore was very pleased to discover Arabic Voices. I am gradually working my way through the Modern Standard Arabic chapters. I have downloaded the audio tracks to my phone and try to listen to them regularly. I also read and listen together. The vocabulary load is quite high so I spend quite a lot of time practising the vocabulary in isolation. The parallel English and Arabic texts has made it very easy to pick out useful words and phrases and to see how they are used within a sentence; it also enables you to check the meaning quickly when practising Arabic reading if you encounter a difficult phrase. I like that the book begins with introductions by each of the speakers before moving onto more sophisticated topics; this naturally grades the difficulty of the texts. My only qualm is that there are no speakers of Gulf Arabic as I am resident in the Arabian Gulf. However, overall I would highly recommend this book to intermediate speakers of Arabic who are motivated for study-study.

  6. Fan (verified owner)

    Great. Recommended

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