Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds [With DVD]

ISBN-13: 9781589016323

ISBN-10: 1589016327

Author: Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi

Edition: Third

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Georgetown University Press
Paperback 251 pages
Linguistics & Languages
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Acknowledged author Kristen Brustad wrote Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds [With DVD] comprising 251 pages back in 2010. Textbook and etextbook are published under ISBN 1589016327 and 9781589016323. Since then Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds [With DVD] textbook received total rating of 4.5 stars and was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $15.16 or rent at the marketplace.


The best-selling Alif Baa is the first volume of the Al-Kitaab Arabic language program and is now available in a new third edition. In this new version of the introduction to Arabic letters and sounds, English-speaking students will find an innovative integration of colloquial and formal (spoken and written) Arabic. Together, the book and new companion website provide learners with all the material necessary to learn the sounds of Arabic, write its letters, and begin speaking Arabic, including interactive, self-correcting exercises to enhance learning. The online component also gives instructors additional online grading options.


• Four-color design throughout the book features over 100 illustrations and photographs

• Gives learners and instructors color-coded options for the variety of language they wish to activate in speaking: Egyptian, Levantine, or formal Arabic (MSA)

• Introduces over 200 basic vocabulary words in all three forms of spoken and written Arabic side by side, including expressions for polite social interaction, and activates them in interactive homework exercises and classroom groupwork

• Includes video dialogues in Egyptian and Levantine, filmed in Cairo and Damascus

• Includes video footage of an Arabic calligrapher, capsules on Arabic culture, and images of street signs from Morocco, Egypt, and Lebanon

• Includes new English-Arabic and Arabic-English glossaries, searchable in the companion website

• Textbook includes a convenient DVD with the basic audio and video materials (no interactive exercises) for offline study that will play in iTunes and compatible MP3 players

• New companion website (sold separately)——features a fully integrated set of interactive exercises with all the video and audio materials and additional online course management and grading options for teachers

Alif Baa provides the essential first 20-25 contact (classroom) hours of the Al-Kitaab program, accompanied by 40-50 homework hours. Students who complete Alif Baa should reach a novice-intermediate to novice-high level of proficiency.