By Clive Holes

This re-creation of Colloquial Arabic of the Gulf has been revised and up-to-date to make studying this number of Arabic more uncomplicated and extra relaxing than ever before.

Specially written by means of knowledgeable for self-study and school room use, the path will give you a step by step procedure to spoken Arabic of the Gulf, together with an creation to examining symptoms, company playing cards, ads and different realia. No earlier wisdom of the language is required.

Each unit provides a number of grammatical issues which are strengthened with a variety of workouts for normal perform. an entire solution key are available on the again in addition to important vocabulary summaries throughout.

Features new to this version include:

  • a ‘Cultural aspect’ part in every one unit on very important points of Gulf tradition, society and historical past, with photos and realia
  • a ‘Reading Arabic’ part in every one unit, plus a unique appendix at the Arabic script 
  • comprehensive glossaries, either English-Arabic and Arabic-English, containing the entire phrases within the book
  • extra notes at the dialects of Oman.

By the tip of this worthwhile path it is possible for you to to speak hopefully and successfully in Arabic in a large variety of occasions.

Audio fabric to accompany the path is offered to obtain unfastened in MP3 layout from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded through local audio system, the audio fabric gains the dialogues and texts from the publication and should aid enhance your listening and pronunciation abilities.

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Hlan marHába! yaa hála! ⎫ ⎬ ʻWelcome! Hello! ʼ ⎭ The last of these three has a particularly ʻGulfʼ flavour. 30 Unit 3 After the initial exchange, one asks about the personʼs health: chayf il Haal? ⎫ chayf Háalik/ich? ⎬ ⎭ shlóonak/ach? (lit. ʼ (lit. ʼ) (lit. ʼ) A number of replies are possible, which may be used singly or in combination: il Hámdu lilláah! bi xayr! zayn! állah yisálmik/ich! ʼ After replying to the enquiry after oneʼs health, one then in turn asks after the enquirerʼs health. It is quite common for the greeting sequence to go on for some time, with the same questions about the other personʼs health being repeated in different forms!

The Kingdom Unit 1 of Saudi Arabia (ʻBʼ), formed in 1932, part of whose coastline is on the Gulf, is usually known colloquially as is-sa9úudiyya, although among themselves Saudis often simply refer to it as il-mámlaka ʻthe kingdomʼ. However, this term is now potentially ambiguous since Bahrain also became a kingdom in 2002. Contrary to popular belief, not all the Gulf States are oil-rich: Bahrain, although it was the first Gulf country to strike oil in the 1930s, never had much oil and now earns a large proportion of its export receipts from refining the oil production of other Gulf countries, as well as producing aluminium; and, in 2005, only about 6 per cent of the GDP of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, was derived from oil and gas, its main high earning activities being trade, re-export and financial services.

Ay wállah, fii faraaríish thnáyn. uu draywilíyya … kam fii? wállah, maa mish draywilíyya il-Hiin. nzayn … uu fii 9ummáal? ay ná9am. cham wáaHid fii? 9áshra. 4 Translate into Arabic: 1 – How many boys are there in the class? – Nine. 2 – How many days are there in the week? – Seven. 29 Unit 3 3 – How many rooms are there in the house? – Five rooms and two bathrooms. 4 – How many engineers are there in the company? – There arenʼt any. 5 – How much money is there in the wallet? – Seven dinars. 4 Greetings Greeting someone in Arabic can be a somewhat elaborate business, particularly in the Gulf.

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