• Arabic (Egy) Phase 1, Units 1-30

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Egyptian Arabic with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Speech
  • Release date: 02-01-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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The Pimsleur® Method: the easiest, fastest way to learn a new language. Completely portable, easily downloadable, and lots of fun. You’ll be speaking and understanding in no time flat! Egyptian Arabic Phase 1, Lessons 1-30 includes 15 hours of spoken language practice and one hour of reading instruction in thirty, 30-minute lessons. In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.

In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Arabic alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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"Pimsleur programs provide plenty of positive reinforcement that will keep learners on track, and we found that Pimsleur gave us more proficiency and confidence in speaking the new language than any of the other language programs we reviewed." ( AudioFile magazine)

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Good course overall

This is my first time using the Pimsleur approach to language learning and so far it has been the best language learning course I've found on CD. What I like about it is the practical approach they have for teaching a foreign language. First off, they have the native speaker say a new word slowly, enunciating syllable by syllable. Too often these courses have the speaker say something at normal speed so you have to listen to the word over and over again to try to break it down so you can try to imitate it. The other thing that helps is they repeat the same info in subsequent lessons so you are constantly reminded of words or phrases that you learned in previous sessions so this reinforces what you've already encountered. Too often as you progress to new material, you forget stuff you learned in a previous chapter. Then they ask you to use what you've learned to make sentences on your own which compels you to have to think about the language and its structure so it deepens your understanding of vocabulary, syntax, and grammar. So you're not just repeating what you've heard, but you are thinking in their language. Each session starts with a short conversation between two people, and it's very satisfying to listen and realize you are understanding a language that was previously just gibberish to your ears.

No for some constructive criticism. There were thirty lessons on this course and in all that time, they didn't offer enough practical vocabulary for issues that a tourist might require in a practical setting like a hotel, a restaurant, an airline ticket counter, or a vendor. To be fair, they do cover some of this stuff and you learn the numbers, the type of currency used in Egypt. How to ask how much something cost or talk about money in general but when it comes to things like food, I don't think they mention anything about how to order the chicken or ask if they have any fresh fruit. On the section about family, you can ask someone if they have any children but don't include any response that says I don't have any children. They don't teach you how to say that you are trying to learn how to speak Arabic which is one of the first things I like to inform the native speaker of so they'll understand that I am struggling with the language. I also don't know how to say "sorry". They teach you pardon me but not "Sorry". What if I spill food on someone at a restaurant? There needs to be more time dedicated to practical and probable interactions between tourist and locals and that was deficient for me. A little more cultural context would help as well. Tips for what is appropriate and not appropriate in talking to natives would help.