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Where does Rapid Arabic: Volumes 1 & 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I was surprised how much I like this program, considering it could be written off as a bit cheesy at first listen. It's in my top Arabic learning programs so far (and I've tried quite a few.) The reason I purchased the program was because I liked the specific music track behind the program on the sample. It was soothing and added to the learning experience. Some of the music on the Rapid programs samples for other languages seemed a little annoying to me, but I'm glad I went ahead because on the Arabic tracks the music actually fades into the background and helps with learning the vocabulary and phrases. There is plenty of useful dialogue on this, as well as explanation of what you're hearing. The "learner" on the tracks will often respond with helpful insight about what he has just heard which makes the words and phrases make much more sense than a simple repetition track. I find that the vocabulary and dialogue given in this method are easy to remember because you are experiencing the conversations and not just repeating sounds that have little connection with you. You won't learn everything, but as a complete beginner it's been hard to find ways to hear and learn vocabulary to go with the grammar and script learning that one has to do when starting Arabic.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This is useful if you picture the thing/ scene the words represent in your mind as the words are being said. Follow along in mental pictures.
Motivated by learning Arabic, I have tried several methods (generally of the type with no explanations " here's what you say when you want to see the menu, now memorize it"). This one is the only one that has enabled me to make significant progress. With a rythmic background beat, repetition is given the priority it deserves. This works for me because I need to hear structures and vocab several times clearly to give me the time to memorize them and understand how they work. This latter concern is facilitated by very simple explanations (this is when speaking to a woman, this is when speaking to a man, this suffix added to a noun means there's two of them etc) that are helpful. Maybe some more in-depth explanations would be welcome. One last significant detail: the scenario here is a female teacher teaching to a male student, doing rôle-plays. At the end of each rôle-play there's a challenge where the student reinvestes the essence of what he's learnt. It's all about learning to speak; there's very little in the way of audio comprehension unfortunately. The voices make for easy listening (mildly spoken but engaging with received prononciation). The Arabic taught here is standard Middle Eastern I'd say and takes a wee bit of getting used to when you're familiar with Magreb Arabic. This is not a bad thing.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
impossible to learn anything. Music plays in the background constantly, and echoes ans reverb throughout