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In this book the author has drawn extensively on his experience of nearly thirty year of teaching the Arabic language to non-native students. The layout of this book, the texts and exercises of the lessons bear clear witness that hard-work and sincerity put together can ultimately and assuredly achieve good result. This book is specially designed for beginners who aim to learn Arabic quickly and accurately.

 

About the Author

 

S.A. Rahman is currently professor of Arabic in the Jawaharlal Nehru University at New Delhi, where he has teaching since 1974.

 

Introduction

 

India is a country where the tradition of Islam and Arabic studies stretches over centuries. There is no dearth of books on Islam, Arabic literature and other related subjects, Arabic language and its grammar. Whether it is a madrasah for religious studies or a school, college and University of modern education, the Arabic syllabi invariably include Arabic grammar. Indian scholars of the Arabic language have till date prepared a large number of books in an attempt to teach Arabic grammar in order to strengthen the foundations of the student of the Arabic language. Superficially and according to the abilities of the students some of the books have come to be known as good books and some others as bad books. However, I am of the conviction that no book on any subject and more so of the Arabic grammar should be compared with other books and classified as good or bad because every author prepares his book to the best of his information and ability and for a specific group of people with specific end in mind to achieve. Similarly no two persons or students will learn equally from the same book or the same teacher. Every author has his past experience in the field of the subject on the basis of which he builds up his book and every student has his own level of intellect and motivation to learn.

 

No single information can ordinarily be acquired from a single reading of a book and no single book can be read repeatedly due to monotony and boredom and hence he needs to read the same information encoded differently before it becomes a part and parcel of his acquisition.

 

It is more true of grammar of any language particularly for those who learn a foreign language in a foreign milieu through the grammar and not the grammar through the language like in the case of native languages.

 

Every author desires and tries to place his subject before readers in a way that he thinks is better and easy to comprehend and thus is created a corpus of reading material on the subject that provides choice to the readers and students.

 

In this book I have also tried to put things the way I think better and with my teaching experience spread over more than thirty long years. I believe that this book in hand will be of great utility for the students of the Arabic language anywhere and specially anywhere in India. I have employed the same method of placing things before the readers as I used in teaching my students in the classroom and since I had achieved good result with my students. Unlike many other books on Arabic grammar most favoured and popular with the students, I have written my own texts with specific grammar point in mind to teach through the lesson and precisely this is the reason that I could feed in the texts the grammar points I wanted and give maximum number of examples. It is of course not possible to write a lesson with only one grammar point, however, it is very much possible to teach only specific things through one lesson and indeed this is what I have tried to achieve. I think this could be possible for me because I have improvised texts for each lesson in preference to borrowing readymade texts from established writers of renown, or poetry, or the Quran and the Hadith of the prophet which is generally the case with a large number of books. I am fully aware that my improvised texts may not be very ornate and rhythmical as in some other books, however, I am confident that they are good enough to serve my end that is to make the readers and the students understand that they need to understand in an easy way and to achieve this end I am prepared to make any sacrifice.

 

In each lesson the text has been written and divided in lines in such a way that the meaning of the Arabic word, and phrase can be given just in front of it in order to make the things easy for the readers and our success rate is quite high. It has also been attempted that only specific grammar point/s should be dealt with in each lesson and the readers should work to concentrate to deal only with that much.

 

As far as possible adequate explanation has been given with examples. At the end of each lesson a list of difficult words used in the lesson has also been provided with their meanings in English.

 

I have detailed major grammar points in thirty-five lessons and some essential points have been briefly summed up under “Arabic Grammar on Finger Tips”. These include points which have either been discussed thoroughly in the lessons and I have mentioned them here just to serve as reminder while some minor points that do not merit detailed explanation but are considered vital, have been mentioned with adequate explanation and examples.

 

Through each book is complete in itself, however, no book is ever a final word on the subject. I believe that each book is complementary to the others on the subject as it provides another opportunity for the readers to compensate for what he or the authors might have missed in the others.

 

I have taken several books written on this topic of Arabic grammar as my model and tried to do this book in a different way-in a way that I considered better and closer to the ability of the students to understand.

 

It may be noted that I have basically prepared this book for the students who want to learn standard written Arabic outside its native milieu in most of the cases. I believe this book will be of great help for such people.

 

Before I finish I like to thank all those people who were in anyway helpful to me in preparing this small handbook of Arabic grammar and very specially Mr. Saniyasnain, the publisher of this book and who had actually prompted me to do this book about more than a year ago.

 

Finally, I thank God who gave me good health and ability to complete this work as best as I could.

 

Contents

 

About the Book

 

List of Abbreviation

 

Names of Arabic Vowels

 

Names of Arabic Cases

 

Names of Arabic Tenses

 

Lesson-l

17

Arabic Alphabet

 

Lesson-2

20

Peculiar Arabic Sounds

 

Lesson - 3

23

How to Write Arabic Letters

 

Lesson -4

25

Different Shapes Of Arabic Letters

 

Lesson - 5

29

Vowels

 

Lesson - 6

34

Words And Parts Of Speech

 

Lesson - 7

38

Moon And Sun Letters And The Definite Article

 

Lesson - 8

41

Nominal Senter.ces, Gender And Number

 

Lesson- 9

47

The Pronouns: The Nominative Pronouns

 

Lesson - 10

50

The Pronouns: The Accusative/ Genitive/ Possessive Pronouns

 

Lesson - 11

55

Demonstrative And Interrogative Pronouns

 

Lesson - 12

62

Proper Noun

 

Lesson - 13

66

Verb: Past Tense And Cases

 

Lesson - 14

79

Verb: Present Tense

 

Lesson - 15

88

Simple Past Tense

 

Lesson -16

96

Negative Verb: Past And Present

 

Lesson - 17

107

Derived Forms Of Verbs

 

Lesson - 18

118

Numbers

 

Lesson - 19

131

Verbal Nouns: Active Participle And Passive Participle

 

Lesson - 20

142

Duals Of The Verbs And Pronouns

 

Lesson - 21

150

Possessed And Possessor Or The Construct Phrase

 

Lesson - 22

156

Adjective And The Noun qualified

 

Lesson - 23

164

Imperative Verb And Negative Verb

 

Lesson - 24

175

Adjective Of The Comparative And The Superlative Degrees

 

Lesson - 25

184

Adjective Of Colours And Physical Defects

 

Lesson - 26

194

The Number And The Noun Qualified By The Number: Cardinal Number

 

Lesson - 27

206

The Number And The Noun Qualified By The Number: Ordinal Number

 

Lesson - 28

215

Particles That Cause Fathah. To The Present Imperfect And Particles That Cause Fatl:zah To Nouns, Pronouns

 

Lesson - 29

222

Exceptives

 

Lesson - 30

235

Verb For Mixed Plurals And Adverbs

 

Lesson - 31

241

Passive Voice Verb: Kaana + Past Tense Kaana + Present Tense

 

Lesson - 32

250

Vocatives, Interrogatives, Weak Verbs

 

Lesson - 33

261

Time And Date

 

Lesson - 34

271

The Relative Pronoun

 

Lesson - 35

281

The Condition

 

Grammar at finger tips

292

Names of Some Spices

 

Names of Some Flowers

 

Names of Some Vegetables

 

Names of Some Fruits

 

Names of Some Cereals

 

Names of Some Animals

 

Days of the Week

 

Names of Months

 

Appendix (Conjugatin Patterns)

328

Translation Exercises (English- Arabic)

355

Translation Exercises (Arabic- English)

404

 

Sample Page


Teach Yourself Arabic (A Modern and Step by Step Approach)

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In this book the author has drawn extensively on his experience of nearly thirty year of teaching the Arabic language to non-native students. The layout of this book, the texts and exercises of the lessons bear clear witness that hard-work and sincerity put together can ultimately and assuredly achieve good result. This book is specially designed for beginners who aim to learn Arabic quickly and accurately.

 

About the Author

 

S.A. Rahman is currently professor of Arabic in the Jawaharlal Nehru University at New Delhi, where he has teaching since 1974.

 

Introduction

 

India is a country where the tradition of Islam and Arabic studies stretches over centuries. There is no dearth of books on Islam, Arabic literature and other related subjects, Arabic language and its grammar. Whether it is a madrasah for religious studies or a school, college and University of modern education, the Arabic syllabi invariably include Arabic grammar. Indian scholars of the Arabic language have till date prepared a large number of books in an attempt to teach Arabic grammar in order to strengthen the foundations of the student of the Arabic language. Superficially and according to the abilities of the students some of the books have come to be known as good books and some others as bad books. However, I am of the conviction that no book on any subject and more so of the Arabic grammar should be compared with other books and classified as good or bad because every author prepares his book to the best of his information and ability and for a specific group of people with specific end in mind to achieve. Similarly no two persons or students will learn equally from the same book or the same teacher. Every author has his past experience in the field of the subject on the basis of which he builds up his book and every student has his own level of intellect and motivation to learn.

 

No single information can ordinarily be acquired from a single reading of a book and no single book can be read repeatedly due to monotony and boredom and hence he needs to read the same information encoded differently before it becomes a part and parcel of his acquisition.

 

It is more true of grammar of any language particularly for those who learn a foreign language in a foreign milieu through the grammar and not the grammar through the language like in the case of native languages.

 

Every author desires and tries to place his subject before readers in a way that he thinks is better and easy to comprehend and thus is created a corpus of reading material on the subject that provides choice to the readers and students.

 

In this book I have also tried to put things the way I think better and with my teaching experience spread over more than thirty long years. I believe that this book in hand will be of great utility for the students of the Arabic language anywhere and specially anywhere in India. I have employed the same method of placing things before the readers as I used in teaching my students in the classroom and since I had achieved good result with my students. Unlike many other books on Arabic grammar most favoured and popular with the students, I have written my own texts with specific grammar point in mind to teach through the lesson and precisely this is the reason that I could feed in the texts the grammar points I wanted and give maximum number of examples. It is of course not possible to write a lesson with only one grammar point, however, it is very much possible to teach only specific things through one lesson and indeed this is what I have tried to achieve. I think this could be possible for me because I have improvised texts for each lesson in preference to borrowing readymade texts from established writers of renown, or poetry, or the Quran and the Hadith of the prophet which is generally the case with a large number of books. I am fully aware that my improvised texts may not be very ornate and rhythmical as in some other books, however, I am confident that they are good enough to serve my end that is to make the readers and the students understand that they need to understand in an easy way and to achieve this end I am prepared to make any sacrifice.

 

In each lesson the text has been written and divided in lines in such a way that the meaning of the Arabic word, and phrase can be given just in front of it in order to make the things easy for the readers and our success rate is quite high. It has also been attempted that only specific grammar point/s should be dealt with in each lesson and the readers should work to concentrate to deal only with that much.

 

As far as possible adequate explanation has been given with examples. At the end of each lesson a list of difficult words used in the lesson has also been provided with their meanings in English.

 

I have detailed major grammar points in thirty-five lessons and some essential points have been briefly summed up under “Arabic Grammar on Finger Tips”. These include points which have either been discussed thoroughly in the lessons and I have mentioned them here just to serve as reminder while some minor points that do not merit detailed explanation but are considered vital, have been mentioned with adequate explanation and examples.

 

Through each book is complete in itself, however, no book is ever a final word on the subject. I believe that each book is complementary to the others on the subject as it provides another opportunity for the readers to compensate for what he or the authors might have missed in the others.

 

I have taken several books written on this topic of Arabic grammar as my model and tried to do this book in a different way-in a way that I considered better and closer to the ability of the students to understand.

 

It may be noted that I have basically prepared this book for the students who want to learn standard written Arabic outside its native milieu in most of the cases. I believe this book will be of great help for such people.

 

Before I finish I like to thank all those people who were in anyway helpful to me in preparing this small handbook of Arabic grammar and very specially Mr. Saniyasnain, the publisher of this book and who had actually prompted me to do this book about more than a year ago.

 

Finally, I thank God who gave me good health and ability to complete this work as best as I could.

 

Contents

 

About the Book

 

List of Abbreviation

 

Names of Arabic Vowels

 

Names of Arabic Cases

 

Names of Arabic Tenses

 

Lesson-l

17

Arabic Alphabet

 

Lesson-2

20

Peculiar Arabic Sounds

 

Lesson - 3

23

How to Write Arabic Letters

 

Lesson -4

25

Different Shapes Of Arabic Letters

 

Lesson - 5

29

Vowels

 

Lesson - 6

34

Words And Parts Of Speech

 

Lesson - 7

38

Moon And Sun Letters And The Definite Article

 

Lesson - 8

41

Nominal Senter.ces, Gender And Number

 

Lesson- 9

47

The Pronouns: The Nominative Pronouns

 

Lesson - 10

50

The Pronouns: The Accusative/ Genitive/ Possessive Pronouns

 

Lesson - 11

55

Demonstrative And Interrogative Pronouns

 

Lesson - 12

62

Proper Noun

 

Lesson - 13

66

Verb: Past Tense And Cases

 

Lesson - 14

79

Verb: Present Tense

 

Lesson - 15

88

Simple Past Tense

 

Lesson -16

96

Negative Verb: Past And Present

 

Lesson - 17

107

Derived Forms Of Verbs

 

Lesson - 18

118

Numbers

 

Lesson - 19

131

Verbal Nouns: Active Participle And Passive Participle

 

Lesson - 20

142

Duals Of The Verbs And Pronouns

 

Lesson - 21

150

Possessed And Possessor Or The Construct Phrase

 

Lesson - 22

156

Adjective And The Noun qualified

 

Lesson - 23

164

Imperative Verb And Negative Verb

 

Lesson - 24

175

Adjective Of The Comparative And The Superlative Degrees

 

Lesson - 25

184

Adjective Of Colours And Physical Defects

 

Lesson - 26

194

The Number And The Noun Qualified By The Number: Cardinal Number

 

Lesson - 27

206

The Number And The Noun Qualified By The Number: Ordinal Number

 

Lesson - 28

215

Particles That Cause Fathah. To The Present Imperfect And Particles That Cause Fatl:zah To Nouns, Pronouns

 

Lesson - 29

222

Exceptives

 

Lesson - 30

235

Verb For Mixed Plurals And Adverbs

 

Lesson - 31

241

Passive Voice Verb: Kaana + Past Tense Kaana + Present Tense

 

Lesson - 32

250

Vocatives, Interrogatives, Weak Verbs

 

Lesson - 33

261

Time And Date

 

Lesson - 34

271

The Relative Pronoun

 

Lesson - 35

281

The Condition

 

Grammar at finger tips

292

Names of Some Spices

 

Names of Some Flowers

 

Names of Some Vegetables

 

Names of Some Fruits

 

Names of Some Cereals

 

Names of Some Animals

 

Days of the Week

 

Names of Months

 

Appendix (Conjugatin Patterns)

328

Translation Exercises (English- Arabic)

355

Translation Exercises (Arabic- English)

404

 

Sample Page


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