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Kullu Tamam! An Introduction to Egyptian Colloquial Arabic [Paperback]

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Pages   332
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2004
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774248422  
EAN  9789774248429  

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There are basically two types of Arabic: the local vernaculars - which are used in everyday life - and Modern Standard Arabic, which is restricted to writing and to speaking in formal settings. Anyone wanting to have a good command of the Arabic language must learn both varieties.
kullu tamam! takes account of this diversity in two ways: it introduces the student to the language by means of Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, and provides a basis for those who want to go on to learn Modern Standard Arabic. This is done by using the grammatical terminology common to both varieties of Arabic, by offering many vocabulary items current in both the vernacular and the standard variety, and--in the later lessons--by introducing the Arabic script.
kullu tamam! uses a cognitively oriented approach, presents Arabic mainly in transcription, gives grammatical rules, and presents a wide range of pattern drills and translation exercises (with key), as well as vocabulary lists for both Arabic-English and English-Arabic. Illustrative texts are either short dialogues, as may be encountered in daily life in Egypt, or descriptive passages dealing with more abstract topics and using a vocabulary typical of Arabic newspapers. The accompanying audio CD carries recordings of the texts, made by Egyptian native speakers.
For over ten years now, the Dutch edition of kullu tamam! has been used successfully as a textbook in first-year Arabic courses at university level in the Netherlands. Now students in the English-speaking world can benefit from its clear, fresh approach. kullu tamam! is also suitable for self-study purposes.

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Too difficult for non-linguistically educated people  Jul 10, 2007
This book is intended for use in a university with language students, who are used to terms like paradigma and possessive suffix. For people with no linguistic background who want to learn Egyptian, it is not very useful, and the academic lingo can put people off.
Also, it is plainly intended for use inside an environment where there is a native speaker teacher, as there are very few dialogs or texts and most of the book is filled with grammar and grammar exercises. The CDs are not very useful: The student who has a native speaker teacher will learn more from listening to the teacher, the student who attempts to plough through this book alone will have very little use from the CDs as they make no allowances for people whose ears are unused to Arabic: the dialogs are in normal conversational speed which also can be very offputting to students.

The book is thorough and the way the Egyptian Arabic grammar is categorized is unparalleled. But it is only useful in the environment for which it was originally created: For university language students who have a native speaker teacher. For anyone else, I would advise to look for a simpler course that will maybe not enable you to fully grasp the transition of second person plural active to passive; but will let you have a conversation with an Egyptian on the street.
What an excellent book!  Jul 25, 2006
After I was at a fairly advanced level of MSA, I was introduced to this book to improve my ECA. The transliteration was a bit odd considering that most people first start with MSA and then move on to ECA, but it helps those who do it the other way around. The vocab in the book, the transition between lessons and the audio files make this book one of the best resources for learning Egyptian Arabic! I highly recommend it!
For Egypt, this book is awesome  Feb 18, 2006
For those used to learning arabic already, the transilitiration will take some getting used to, but in terms of what is available, there is nothing else like this book. My Egyptian friends went through this book with me amazed at how appropriate the vocabulary and grammer is, something you simply will not find in most of the Arabic language books that are available. For teh beginner who does not need to learn the writing (which is something completely different from colloqial Egyptians Arabic anyway) than this book is perfect. Highly reccomended before you begin tackling the MSA if you have the time.
Not for a beginner  Aug 26, 2005
I know some Egyptian Arabic so the book is somewhat useful for me but the dialog that is written in the book is strange and does not use proper Arabic writing so it is hard to make out how things are said.

The CD that comes with the book does nothing but repeat the words said throughout the book.

This is more of a phrase book than a Book that would teach one how to speak Egyptian Arabic

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