Moroccan Arabic - Shnoo the Hell Is Going on H'Naa? a Practical Guide to Learning Moroccan Darija - The Arabic Dialect of Morocco (2nd Edition) (Educational Resources) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/4/7
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Moroccan Arabic was written by a dogged student of the language (and a natural teacher) and it was edited by a native speaker and equally wonderful teacher.
Finally, a straight-forward and easy to use primer for learning Moroccan Arabic - and now, new and improved in this 2nd edition. It incorporates reader suggestions and features more details on the transliteration system, additional words, new word lists, and the text has been completely revised and re-edited.
Practical and witty, it's basically the equivalent of a VCR repair manual, just a bare-bones list of how to do the important things: here's the present tense, here's the future tense, etc, etc. In other words, it's a reference book with simple examples, none of the filler, and a few youthful surprises. It's just the kind of cheat-sheet everyone craves.
Best of all, and unlike the others, everything is provided side-by-side in English, transliteration, and Arabic. And it uses a simple real-word transliteration system that is simply written the way things sound without the use of exotic linguistic symbols.
It's the perfect book for everyone with an interest in contemporary Morocco: travelers, tourists, students, diplomats, business people, academics, artists, Peace Corp volunteers, Fulbright Scholars and student grantees, etc.
Praise for Moroccan Arabic from students, scholars and travelers on both side of the Atlantic:
"Fills a gaping hole in Moroccan Arabic instruction. Based on the first-hand immersion experiences of a native English-speaker who navigated Moroccan culture and language for a year... and as a researcher in Morocco myself, I found it handy." --Nabil Khan, Fulbright Student Grantee
"I love the sense of humor woven throughout - it's an enjoyable read. A great example of collaboration." --Edwin Bodensiek, Dir. of Outreach and Public Relation, CIES - Fulbright, Washington, DC
"A great resource. I wish had this book when I was traveling and researching in Morocco." --Dr Jennifer A Roberson, Professor of Islamic Art, Sonoma State University, California
"Written by a born teacher. This book enhances effective language instruction and builds a collection of everyday conversation resources for Anglo-American students and scholars." --Dr Khalid Amine, Universite Abdelmalek Essaadi and President, ICPS - Tangier
Many people contributed to making this book a reality - and by agreement of all those involved, the proceeds from the sale of this book go to support the publishing program at the International Centre for Performance Studies (ICPS) - Tangier, Morocco.
Initial research for the book was conducted during a Fulbright graduate student grant. The ongoing project (encourage more people to learn Darija, provide improved study materials, and provide a funding stream for ICPS-Tangier) is sustained by the generosity of numerous all-volunteer partners - kindly lend your assistance by sending an email to email@example.com
hard language to learn because of the pronunciation- but im trying.
On a happier note, his explanations are pretty spot on, even if they gloss over the complexities of the language. It is a good starting point, but you'd need a phrase book (the Lonely Planet one is great) to supplement it, as this book gives no explanation of greetings, common expressions, etc.
The introduction notes that the readership can email with suggestions for an upcoming edition. The book is a good start, but needs revising. I hope the next version is more consistent and professional, and maybe then it would justify the price.
like that the book was written by a Fulbright language-study grantee -
he knows the little nuggets that help most. It clearly explains in
detail all the most important stuff: all the different types of nouns,
adjectives and verbs, plus it covers the Nisba, question words, money,
telling time, conjunctions, prepositions and also has tons of useful
words and phrases organized by subject. And since it's lightweight,
easy to use and cheap, I decided to get a second copy for friends and
family to use when they visit.