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Foreign Service Institute
Department of State
The Course Used by Diplomats
Learn Arabic the proven way -- just like a diplomat!
Over the years, Audio Forum® customers have successfully used our courses to learn Arabic entirely on their own -- in as little as 25 minutes a day. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to achieve fluency in Arabic using this proven audio/text method.
The Arabic language encompasses numerous dialects. Levantine Arabic, the dialect of Beirut, can be understood by speakers of the urban dialect of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel. This course covers the major points of phonological interference -- crossover of sounds from another language resulting in a "foreign" accent -- between Levantine Arabic and English, as well as significant phonological contrasts within the dialect itself. Please Note: This program is intended for those who have already learned to speak a dialect of Arabic.
This FSI Audio-Forum® Course Features:
* 8.9 hours of audio, 19 sections (units)
* 100-page text
* Romanized text of Arabic
* Familiarization drills
* Reading drills
* Dictation drills
* Discrimination drills
* Recognition drills
* Mimicry drills
* Transformation drills
The U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute developed full-length courses specifically for diplomats, the very people who must learn a language quickly and effectively. Having worked with FSI authors and instructors, these courses have been fully tested through usage before release to the public. For over 40 years, Audio-Forum® has been the original and most trusted source for Foreign Service Institute language courses.
About the Language
Arabic is spoken by over 250 million people in the Middle East, across northern Africa, and in much of southwestern Asia. While Modern Arabic is written the same everywhere, many regional spoken dialects have developed, some of which diverge so widely that they might be considered separate languages. Nonetheless, speakers from different parts of the Arab world can often understand each other, particularly if they come from similar educational or cultural backgrounds.
Enhanced PDF Features
The Audio-Forum® Difference: Audio-Forum® PDF books are enhanced with links to MP3 audio files. Speaker icons in the text allow you to hear the corresponding audio. The MP3 files can also be loaded onto your MP3-compatible CD player or digital media player. The PDF books may be read (without enhanced features) on tablet computers. A 10-inch or larger screen is recommended.
System Requirements for Enhanced PDF Features
Mac® OS X® 10.5 & up
512 MB RAM
Windows® 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP
233 MHz or faster processor
128 MB RAM
Additional Courses Available through Audio-Forum®:
* FSI: Reading Modern Written Arabic (Level 1)
* FSI: Reading Modern Written Arabic (Level 2)
* FSI: Saudi Arabic Basic Course (Level 1)
* FSI: Iraqi Dialect Orientation Course (Level 1)