Can We Really Have You Speaking Arabic in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Arabic conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Eastern Arabic.
Spoken Arabic consists of several mutually intelligible regional dialects which include Eastern Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Saudi Arabic, North African Arabic, and Egyptian Arabic, amongst others. The Pimsleur Approach Eastern Arabic course is based on the dialect of Damascus, Syria- the largest city in the Eastern Arabic speaking region.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Eastern Arabic the way the Arab people do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Arabic (Eastern)
Today, government officials and diplomats who can speak Eastern Arabic are in high demand. By learning Eastern Arabic, you make yourself a valuable asset to any government agency, or company, that wishes to communicate or do business with countries in the Middle East where the language is spoken.
Bilingual journalists are also in high demand and a reporter who speaks Arabic can become a very valuable member of any news team. Because Eastern Arabic is not a language that's commonly taught in high school or most colleges, having taken the initiative to learn it through other means is a big step towards a career in diplomacy, journalism or global business.
Conversational Arabic vs. Academic Arabic
Studying Eastern Arabic in a class, or trying to learn from a book without ever having seen the language before can be quite difficult. Eastern Arabic doesn't use the Roman alphabet, but a series of symbols which represent consonants. The reader must supply the correct vowel. This is known as the Abjad writing system. In addition, Arabic is written from right to left, and many people find it very difficult to become accustomed to this difference from other languages.
With the Pimsleur Approach, you don't have to worry about deciphering symbols, or reading in the right direction. You'll be able to learn Eastern Arabic more quickly and easily because all you have to do is listen to the native speaker in the audio lessons, and then repeat what is said. There is no writing, and you don't have to learn an entirely new alphabet. You'll be able to learn useful phrases such as "My name is…," "I would like…," "Where is the…," and many more. You'll start conversing in Eastern Arabic in no time.
A Logical Way to Learn Eastern Arabic
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Arabic words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
Eastern Arabic Facts
Eastern Arabic is spoken in only a handful of countries They include Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and the Palestinian territories. However it is well understood across Saudi Arabia, the Gulf region and Iraq.
Several languages have been influenced by Arabic, and even use some Arabic words in their vocabularies. Among them are Urdu, Turkish, Malay, Persian, Hindi, Hausa, Spanish, Portuguese, and Sicilian.
Eastern Arabic is also known as Levantine Arabic. This comes from the Levant, another name for the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. This area is also sometimes referred to as the Fertile Crescent, believed by some to be the cradle of civilization.