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Easy Arabic Script by Jane Wightwick

Easy Arabic Script

by Jane Wightwick

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Easy Arabic Script by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar is similar in many ways to The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read & Write It. The focus is largely on handwriting, providing practice space in the book and "master calligrapher tips." This is great for people who are planning on doing a lot of writing in Arabic. However, I am more interested in reading inscriptions, books of poetry, etc. Easy Arabic Script also covers numbers and some ligatures, but these are toward the end of the book as more advanced topics, rather than being integrated with the other content. Similar to The Arabic Alphabet, basic vocabulary is incorporated into each section to illustrate and expand the use of the letters as they are each introduced. There are also plenty of examples via cartoons and photos for practicing reading comprehension.

Easy Arabic Script is divided into 21 units and four parts. Part 1 covers the basic letter shapes (units 1-16), with "extras" that address vowels and other diacritical signs, long vowels, hamza, and numbers. Part 2 discusses letter combinations (units 17-21). Part 3 has fun activities to practice reading comprehension and writing skills. Part 4 is the obligatory basic reference table of the alphabet. Again, a very accessible and useful book, but not quite the focus that suits my personal goals. ( )
  justchris | Sep 3, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0071462090, Paperback)

An exceptionally clear and accessible reference and workbook for students of Arabic

Whether you are a complete beginner or just want to sharpen your writing skills, you’ll learn quickly from Easy Arabic Script. Clear explanations and graphics, along with exercises and activities will help you develop fluency in both reading and writing Arabic.

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