Egyptian Colloquial Arabic Verbs: Exercise Book

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Egyptian Colloquial Arabic Verbs: Exercise Book provides extensive drills and learning tips make mastering ECA verbs both manageable and enjoyable.

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Egyptian Colloquial Arabic Verbs: Exercise Book will provide you with ample practice to achieve accuracy and fluency in verb conjugation. The exercises have been designed to guide you through the rules of conjugation step-by-step, starting with the very basics of ECA verbs. Absolute beginners will find the exercises challenging and engaging. More advanced learners will find the first parts of the book a good review or refresher and will, in the latter parts, be able to pinpoint weaknesses in their conjugation skills and knowledge. This exercise book is not meant to be a stand-alone course book.

The focus is the morphology (formation) of Arabic verb conjugation. It is meant to provide supplementary exercises to learners so that they can improve accuracy and fluency in Egyptian Colloquial Arabic’s seemingly complex system of verb conjugation. Learners will come to see that verb conjugation is actually quite straightforward and simple. Note: This exercise book is meant to be used in conjunction with Egyptian Colloquial Arabic Verbs: Conjugation Tables and Grammar.

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3 reviews for Egyptian Colloquial Arabic Verbs: Exercise Book

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    After several classes on the subjsct of ECA verbs I felt confusion and despair! This book, along with the companion book of tables, helped me to develop an understanding of this tricky subject.

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    Ameena Goodine

    As with the other ECA books by Matthew Aldrich…this one is a great resource for solidifying ECA verb vocab….and getting the hang of conjugating verbs…lots of practice and lots of fun.!! Looking forward to more Egyptian resources.

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    Great exercise book. The build, progression and repetition is structured very well. Learning verbs can be confusing, but this book takes you by the hand and walks you through the verbs. You will definitely improve in your understanding of how they work. Learning Arabic starting with verbs early on gives you an understanding the improves your confidence. This book helps you to achieve this goal. I appreciate that Matthew and his team humbly acknowledge that you wont be “fluent” after finishing this book, but they encourage what is needed to be fluent, practice. Not only that but they give you practical suggestions on how to do so.

    The only reason for the 4/5, is more of a personal reason and may not apply to you. I found this book after learning the script. At this point in my language learning journey, I feel more comfortable learning with the Arabic script, but with directions in English. In other words, the transliteration is more of a distraction for me than a help(personal issue). I would have liked to see both provided(similar to the “Big Fat Verbs” book). But there are good reasons for having it in English. It removes the barrier of learning the script, making learning and the language more accessible.

    If you are thinking about purchasing this or any other lingualism materials. Please do so, they are well worth it.

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      Lingualism (verified owner)

      Thank you for taking the time to review this book, JK. I’m glad you found it useful in your studies. And I just wanted to quickly address the reason the exercises are exclusively in phonemic transcription and not in Arabic script. The purpose of the exercises is to show, above all else, the sound changes that occur when verbs are conjugated. In Egyptian Arabic, vowels can be lengthened, shortened, or disappear altogether when suffixes are added in conjugations. Very few of these changes are explicitly shown in Arabic script. For example, a negative verb is formed by adding the prefix مـ and the suffix ـش. So far as the script is concerned, that’s it! But in the phonemic transcription, we learn about all the sound changes that occur inside the word. If the book were presented in Arabic script, it would really only need to be five pages long, but you wouldn’t have learned how to pronounce anything correctly. So, the phonemic transcription isn’t there just for lower-level learners who aren’t yet comfortable with the Arabic script. It’s simply a better tool for these kinds of exercises to learn about the sounds of the language, whereas Arabic script would offer little more than writing practice. I hope that makes sense. 🙂 (And, of course, the Conjugation Tables book this book accompanies shows both Arabic script and phonemic transcription.)

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