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Total Arabic [Audio]

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Introduction; how the course works History and development of the Arabic language. Standard Arabic and spoken dialects. Similarities. Position of Egyptian as most understood dialect. Instant vocabulary of English / European words adopted into Arabic English / European words slightly adapted to Arabic speech patterns Arabic words taken into English Basic requests using "mumkin - possible" No words for "a / an" in Arabic. "weh - and" Pronoun "I - ena". No word for "am / is / are" in Arabic. Arabic distinguishes masculine and feminine "you - enta / enti" Use inflexion for questions. "-a" = feminine ending. Adjective (descriptive word) endings Arabic uses "wanting - cawwiz " for "I want / you want" etc. Behaves like adjective Pronouns "he / she - huwwa / heyya" "the" = "il". "l" of "il" sometimes absorbed into following consonant Arabic "going (to) - raayiH", "coming (to) - gayy". No word needed for "to". Sentences using "alashen - because" Word order with question words (e.g. "where - fayn") Arabic possessive adjectives ("my" etc.) are tagged on to the end of the word they describe Arabic names Arabic demonstrative pronoun ("this / that") changes for masculine "dah" / feminine "dee" Making sentences negative with "mish" (= "not") Arabic objects and ideas all either masculine or feminine (no "it") Feminine words add "t" before possessive endings "iHna - we" and "humma - they" "-een" plural ending for people and adjectives Arabic has plural "you" - "entu" Questions with "leh - why" and "imta - when" Time phrases Expressing possession: English uses "I have"; Arabic "at me" with tag for "me" etc. Indefinite words "someone / something"; "another"; "every" Arabic consonantal "roots" system "il" (="the") needed with any definite description (e.g. "the large house", "his large house" = "the house the large", "his house the large") "there is / are - feeh"; "there is / are not - mafeesh" Ways of forming Arabic plurals (more than one): add "-een" for people; add "-aat" for some things; other plurals change internally (as English "mouse - mice") Arabic verbs: in addition to "wanting" for "want", Arabic also has verbs that change at the beginning according to who is doing the action Arabic construction "he wants to go" = "he wanting he goes"; "can he go?" = "possible he goes?"

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Michel Thomas (1914-2005) had an amazing life. Born in Poland, he spent his early years in Germany and then in France, where he studied psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris. When war broke out, he fought with the Resistance and suffered imprisonment in slave labour camps. At the end of the the war he joined the US liberation army and later settled in the US where he established his world-famous language school. For more than 50 years he taught languages to the rich and famous and was the world's most sought-after language teacher.


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