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(R) 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. Of the three major dialects in Saudi Arabic -- Hijazi, Najdi, and Shargi -- Hijazi is used throughout the country for government and commercial purposes, and has become the most widely understood dialect on the Arabian Peninsula. The aim of this course is working proficiency in the language. You'll be able to participate in social occasions and limited business exchanges, carry on general conversations, and understand speech at a normal rate of speed.
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The Arabic language encompasses numerous dialects. Of the three major dialects in Saudi Arabic, Hijazi has become the most widely understood dialect on the Arabian Peninsula. The aim of this course is working proficiency in the language. You'll be able to participate in social occasions and limited business exchanges, carry on general conversations, and understand speech at a normal rate of speed.
This FSI Audio-Forum(R) Course Features:
* 13.8 hours of audio, 50 lessons (units)
* 288-page text
* Pronunciation drills and notes
* Romanized Arabic pronunciation guide
* Practical dialogs and conversations
* Vocabulary drills and notes
* Substitution and conversion drills
* Grammatical explanations and practice
* Situational occurrence dialogs
* Narrations, readings, and writing
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(R) 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(R) Difference: Audio-Forum(R) 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(R) OS X(R) 10.5-10.8
512 MB RAM
Windows(R) 8, 7, Vista, XP
233 MHz or faster processor
128 MB RAM
Additional Courses Available through Audio-Forum(R):
* FSI: Reading Modern Written Arabic (Level 1)
* FSI: Reading Modern Written Arabic (Level 2)
* FSI: Levantine Arabic Pronunciation (Level 1)
* FSI: Iraqi Dialect Orientation Course (Level 1)