Michel Thomas Beginner Arabic, Lesson 1

  • by Jane Wightwick, Mahmoud Gaafar
  • Narrated by Hodder & Stoughton
  • 1 hrs and 17 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

What is the Michel Thomas Method?
The Michel Thomas Method teaches everyday conversational language that will allow you to communicate in a wide variety of situations, empowered by the ability to create your own sentences and use the language instinctively, having absorbed the vocabulary and grammatical structures. These all-audio courses were perfected over 25 years by gifted linguist and teacher Michel Thomas, and provide an accelerated method for language learning that is truly revolutionary.
Lessons 1-8, the Beginner course: This course makes no assumption of knowledge of any language other than English and gives the beginner practical and functional use of the spoken language. It is also appropriate for anyone who has studied Arabic before, but has forgotten much of it or does not have confidence in speaking. The Beginner course is designed to take you from complete beginner to intermediate level.
Lessons 9-12, the Intermediate course: This course is for those with an intermediate-level foundation in Arabic, or those who have completed lessons 1-8 and want to take their learning to an advanced level and speak Arabic proficiently and easily.
How does it work?
Unlike most language courses that focus around topics or grammar forms, the Michel Thomas Method works by breaking a language down into its component parts, enabling you to reconstruct the language yourself - to form your own sentences, to say what you want, when you want. Within the first 10 minutes of the course, you will be generating complete sentences on your own. It is important that you complete the lessons in order. The Method is successful because it builds on the language you learn in each lesson and 'recycles' language taught in earlier lessons, allowing you to build ever-more complicated sentences. Because the Method is based on understanding, not memorisation, there is no set limit to the length of time that you should study each lesson. Once you feel you have a good grasp of the language taught in one lesson, you can move on to the next.
In lesson 1 of the Arabic Beginner course, you’ll be able to make simple statements, ask questions and say what you want with…


Course teaches Egyptian spoken Arabic
Instant vocabulary of English/European words taken into Arabic (slightly adapted to Arabic speech patterns), and Arabic words taken into English: 'bank', 'film', 'CD', 'cola', 'cinema', 'pizza', 'supermarket', 'sandwich', 'telephone', 'doctor', 'radio', 'kebab', 'falafel', 'bazaar', 'souk', 'camel', 'sugar', 'tea', 'salad', 'macaroni' (= 'pasta' in general), 'rice', 'omelette', 'potatoes', 'tomatoes'
Social communications: 'may I have?' (lit. 'possible?'), 'please', 'no', 'thank you'
No words for 'a', 'an' or 'some' in Arabic
Pronouns: 'I', 'you' (masculine and feminine forms), 'he', 'she'
No words for 'am', 'is', 'are' in Arabic
Use intonation for questions
Pronunciation of vowels in Arabic
Feminine endings
Nouns: 'manager', 'water', 'hotel', 'coffee/café', 'Port Said'
Adjectives: 'thirsty', 'Arabic', 'tired', 'Saudi'
Pronunciation of Arabic sounds 'ain' and 'hamza' (glottal stop)
Verb: 'wanting'
'The': in English words like 'algebra'; elides with certain following consonants
Time expression: 'now'.
In the next lesson you’ll be able to talk about places and family members and learn to use the possessive pronoun 'tag' ('my').

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What did you love best about Michel Thomas Beginner Arabic, Lesson 1?

Good introduction for absolute beginners like me. I especially liked Mahmoud and Janes's interventions/explanations of the origins of certain words.


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I really did not like this teaching method of sharing the class with two other 'students'. At first, I thought it was a clever idea but then found it distracting and annoying to have to wait for their answers. Also, often, when Jane was asking to repeat something, I did not have time to press 'pause' to think of my answer, one of the two students already was starting to answer and spoil it for me. hahaha. I felt like the two other students were waisting my time.

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- Annabelle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-15-2013
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton