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Learning Arabic Tips: A Reference Grammar for Modern Standard Arabic

by Omar Matadar


Posted on March 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM.


I know that grammar often makes students groan with agony but I think in terms of a resource Karin Ryding’s A Reference Grammar for Modern Standard Arabic is a must.


We have already discussed many of the best dictionaries used by students of Arabic. Now I would like to introduce you to a very useful resource that I wish I had when I was first studying Arabic. I know that grammar often makes students groan with agony but I think in terms of a resource Karin Ryding’s A Reference Grammar for Modern Standard Arabic is a must. One of the great features of her book is the plethora of example she uses to illustrate the grammar points she is discussing. Another helpful aspect of the book, which is different than almost any other Arabic grammar book is that she includes transliteration as well as translation of all of the Arabic words, phrases and sentences she uses. This makes the book useful not only for advanced learners but for beginners as well. Another great aspect of the grammar book is that the examples reflect Arabic often used in media. For someone who wants to learn to read and understand Arabic news, this is very helpful. One of the best sections in the book is the section on the ten forms of the Arabic root. This section appears near the end of the book but is quite thorough and clearly laid out. If you are a serious student of Arabic then a solid grammar reference should definitely become a part of your Arabic library. 


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