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EMSA is a widely used course in modern written Arabic aimed at students of university or equivalent level.It begins from scratch with script and pronunciation and goes on to cover the fundamentals of Arabic grammar and the most essential vocabulary By the end of the course you will be well equipped to read Arabic newspapers, booklets and to take a crack at simpler literature eg Tawfiq al Hakim , provided you have Hans Wehr s dictionary close at hand The course consists of 45 lessons, so it is quite feasible for a diligent student to complete it in a year, breaking the illusion that Arabic must necessarily take years to learn The first part lessons 1 30 covers the fundamentals of the language, whereas the second part units 31 45 reinforces this, covers the most important deviations from the rule and prepares the student for the intermediate course should he wish to coninue with it The course is accompanied by cassettes which are well worth getting, as they help greatly towards good pronunciation.Strengths of the course Excellent explanations of the grammar, which is one of the hardest parts of the language to master This means the bright self student can if needs be learn without a teacher, consulting ordinary educated Arabs as and when he needs help.The course is not too brief, giving the student enough time, explanation and exercises to assimilate the language.There are a large number of exercises which help the student to master new material and revise old.Vocabulary is limited and frequently repeatedmeaning that it is easily learnt.Later lesson texts include useful and interesting cultural material and are written in an excellent Arabic style.Weaknesses The course is very traditional in form text, grammar and exercises English teaching as a foreign language gave up on these methods abouut 50 years ago Less dedicated students may get bored of this approach.The course is fairly highbrow, students without a background in languages or of further education may find it heavy going intellectually.The course has no rough input ie genuine texts perhaps containing words and structures that the student has not yet learnt taken from newspapers or similar Such texts could in themselves consitute a valuable way of learning, and give insight into the culture.The earlier lessons content is very much orientated towards American university students, which is boring if you don t happen to be one.The texts are a little dated, countaining no reference to developments in the Arab world since the seventies.Some lessons are very long.There is some unnecessary input on phonological rules of weak verbs that may confuse than help.Recommendations for effective use of the course Despite its weaknesses EMSA is an effective tool for Arabic learning and is all you need apart from a dictionary the Hans Wehr dictionary of Modern Written Arabic Arabic English is highly recommended and the Oxford English Arabic dictionary is also recommended.Work thoroughly, especially if you are working alone, as I did Do every drill Read aloud every word Try translating the translation of the lesson text back into Arabic and compare it with the original.Complement the course with rough input, i.e by reading real material vowelled texts such as children s books and the Bible may be particularly useful at first You can also try deducing the subject material from newspaper headlines Listen to Arabic on the radio, both passively and actively imitating, listening for gist, or to pick out words.If you don t have a teacher, get help from educated Arabs uneducated ones won t be adequately familiar with MSA in pronunciation, vocabulary and to correct the exercises You may prefer not to ask their help in explaining the grammar since the way they learnt it is quite different from the way EMSA approaches it.In conclusion, EMSA is a useful and self contained course, and particularly effective in overcoming the major difficulties that a student encounters. The Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Course EMSA is the premier introduction, for the English speaking student, to the active written language of the contemporary Arab world Expressly designed for the beginning student, the course is written by a team of Arabic language teachers consisting of native and non native Arabic speakers, linguists and people whose primary interests are literature and allied areas It implements an audio lingual approach to language teaching while presenting the elements of Modern Standard Arabic as written and spoken in the contemporary Arab World Volumeis complete in itself and presents a practical introduction to the writing system of Arabic and to its pronunciation, with reading and writing pronunciation drills Thirty lessons provide a basic working knowledge of Arabic Each lesson contains a text, a vocabulary, grammar and drills including oral and written comprehension passages An Arabic English glossary completes the volume The course continues in Volume , which extends the knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and expression Arabic is a hard language No one is here to debate that fact However the grammar presented in this textbook is very good Arabic is still hard, even using this textbook, but this textbook makes it easier The textbook does require patience, and it probably is best used in a class setting However, it s not impossible to learn MSA through this book In fact that s exactly what I m doing.One thing I find interesting upon reading a lot of the reviews is the confusion on the vocabulary and grammar used in this book This book teaches you high, formal Arabic as used in media throughout the Arabic world It s NOT meant to teach you how to talk about your day, or what the weather is like No ordinary Arab really speaks MSA in their daily life If you re looking for conversational skills look into a dialect of Arabic, don t look here.The course may not always be the most engaging and the drills can be droning, but I find that this course works for me.At any rate, this is a very comprehensive and through, albeit somewhat old school, introduction to MSA Yes, this is the same review for the 1st volume, but they re the same textbook really, so. A scholarly, comprehensive and detailed work One of the very best Student must be diligent very committed in order to gain any appreciable level of success However, verbal skills require practice with native speakers..keeping in mind that there is no substitute for an emersion experience , living with native speakers especially those who are educated in the Classical Arabic, which is the primary, not only, but the primary direction of this literary work Studying along with other committed students would be very helpful. I purchased it because I wanted to have it after I finish the book one addition