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The ARABIC Language:
Today Arabic is spoken throughout the Arabian Peninsula and also in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Mauritania, and Chad. It is the mother tongue of over 180 million people in Africa and Asia. In addition, Arabic plays an important part in the lives of all Muslims, for it is the sacred language of Islam and its holy book the Qur'an.
The Arabic language can be characterized as having one standard, formal, written form that is used and understood all over the Arab world. However, in its spoken form, it is represented by many regional, generally mutually intelligible dialects. The standard form (called Classical--or Literary--Arabic) is used mainly for writing, but is also used orally in highly formal situations (such as, in written media and books, and in the spoken media, higher education, religious sermons, and courts of law).
The basic difference between the formal language and the dialects is that the latter are used in everyday oral interaction, and reflect the popular spoken language of specific geographical regions. The differences in the dialects spoken in various Arabic-speaking countries or regions is similar to the differences between English-speaking countries and regions. Pronounciations (accents) differ, such as the accent of a person from New York compared to someone from the Deep South (in the United States). Minor differences in vocabulary are also found: a "drinking fountain" in Arizona, is called a "bubbler" in Wisconsin, or a "soft drink" in one region, is called a "soda" in another area.
The differences in English are even more distinct between North Americans and Britons, or Britons and Australians. Yet all are native speakers of English--we all can communicate with spoken English, read the same newspapers, and watch the same television programs, essentially without difficulty.
The communication skills learned in either the Pimsleur Eastern Arabic course or the Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic course, may be used successfully with any other speaker of the Arabic language.
Eastern Arabic is the dialect spoken in: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. Eastern Arabic is also very well understood in the eastern and southeastern parts of the Arab world: Arabia, the gulf region and Iraq due to the fact that millions of Syrians, Palestinians, Jordanians, and Lebanese have worked and are working there. Additionally, there is considerable intermarriage among these groups. Eastern Arabic, although a general term, is based on the dialect of Damascus, which is the largest city in the area (with more than five million people). Moreover, it has been the center of power, culture, and education over many centuries. Individuals learning this dialect will have no trouble understanding neighboring dialects nor making themselves understood.
Egyptian Arabic is mainly spoken in: Egypt. Egyptian Arabic has also gained a high degree of acceptance throughout the Arabic-speaking world because of its use in films. The Cairene dialect of Egyptian Arabic is the variety spoken in the Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic course. It is the standard for spoken Egyptian and the people are extremely proud of it.
The Pimsleur Method:
With Pimsleur language courses, you will quickly learn to speak a new language and understand it as well. You're not just learning "phrases" with the Pimsleur method, you're acquiring essential, conversational language skills! You'll be thrilled to discover you can hold real conversations in your new language when you have finished the course. Dr. Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of research and development, including field studies of spoken language training with adults, Dr. Pimsleur created a new method for self–instruction in spoken languages that is based on the way the human brain takes in language as speech. Of the several unique features of the Method, two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory that he called Graduated Interval Recall This is the only language teaching program which incorporates these essential principles to provide you with the most easy–to–do, amazingly rapid, and highly cost–effective learning method available. To learn more, click here.
Can I really learn to speak a new language?
Learning a new language can be as easy as when you first learned to speak English. Dr. Paul Pimsleur's original and unique method enables you to acquire new language ability as effortlessly as children absorb their native language. You will succeed because the Pimsleur program makes sure that you learn vocabulary and grammar correctly and easily in convertional settings without mindless repetition. Pimsleur is the only language program that includes exclusive, copyrighted memory training that ensures you will always remember what you have learned.
One of our customers told us he learned more from the Pimsleur language courses than he did from his personal tutor. Another customer told us she learned to speak better French from the first 30 lessons of the Pimsleur course than she did in 4 years of college where she minored in the French language.
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Dr. Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After years of research and development, including field studies of spoken language training with adults, Dr. Pimsleur created a new method for self–instruction in spoken languages that is based on the way the human brain takes in language as speech. Of the several unique features of the Method, two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory that he called Graduated Interval Recall This is the only language teaching program which incorporates these essential principles to provide you with the most easy–to–do, amazingly rapid, and highly cost–effective learning method available.
What Pimsleur Method Students Say About the Program:
"WOW, IT REALLY WORKS! Yes, it really works..If the first tape gives me this fluency/confidence; it goes without saying that the rest will do the same. I started speaking in German with my friends. Buy it, listen to it and find yourself speaking German."
--Ik Soo Lim, Lausanne, Switzerland
"I found Pimsleur Portuguese VERY EASY TO USE. I have other self-taught programs, but this was by far the best. The speakers enunciated well and allowed you enough time to repeat the phrases without rushing. There is no writing or reading to be done. Using my walkman, I found it convenient to carry with me and listen. The key to this program is the repetition. I enjoy using it."
--John Holmes, Burtonsville, MD
"Excellent! WELL WORTH THE MONEY. These tapes are tremedous for learning to speak the language. They train you to actually think in German - you are not just regurgitating set phrases, but learning to use the language in many different ways. I am saving my money for the second set - if the first set is this good, I can only imagine how much I could learn from all three sets!"
--Wendi Dunlap, Seattle, WA
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--D.M. Rothschild, Ph.D.
"It's great! This audiobook made me and my little sister learn the basics of the French language. It's really effective. Well, Dr. Pimsleur's method works for both the young and the old. Now, I YEARN TO LEARN MORE!"
--Leah Nillas, Quezon City, Philippines
"Top-quality teach-yourself Japanese, no reading involved. LEARNING LANGUAGES WAS NEVER THIS MUCH FUN...I would recommend this to all who would like to begin their study of the Japanese language...the Pimsleur method is very easy to learn from, hear and repeat."
--Christopher Muro, Pittsburgh, PA
"Very quick start to German. These tapes allow you to learn as quickly or slowly as you like. Also, the way that it is presented allowed me to retain the skills much longer than I was able to using book or book-and-tape methods. Perhaps most importantly, by learning aurally and practicing orally I DEVELOPED VERY GOOD PRONUNCIATION."
--Damien Del Russo, Dusseldorf, Germany
What Pimsleur Method Critics Say About the Program:
"Pimsleur Method programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur Method gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed."
"EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE...each section within the lessons is short enough to hold our attention, and there is enough repetition to teach even those who consider themselves slow learners...Pimsleur Method [programs] are extremely thorough and easy to use--quite lively!"
"Learn French while commuting, German while jogging, Spanish (or Russian, Italian, Japanese) while cooking all with NO WRITTEN MATERIALS!"
--New York Daily News
"Designed for the ear and not the eye...the lessons provide PERFECT 30-minute bites of work."
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Learn to habla español or parlez français before your next trip abroad. The interactive LESSONS CHALLENGE STUDENTS to use new words in conversation instead of memorize them."
--American Way (American Airlines inflight magazine)
"I tried other language programs with little success...This is the best by far!"
--Pamela A. Mitchell, Pilot, International Society of Women Airline Pilots