In order to actually find the verb you want to conjugate, you have to know what root letters are. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It also vsrbs one of the largest list of Arabic verbs in this format todate. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!
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To reflect correct Arabic style, Arabic Verbs has been printed back cover to front and back page to front. Verbs are arranged alphabetically in a table format, one verb per page with English translation, and conjugated in all tenses and forms. However, the lack of English indexing is extremely frustrating. PROS: 1.
Even for the beginner, seeing all of this laid out for each verb in one place will give you a good visual schema for how Arabic verbs work. Each verb comes with three or four example sentences using different forms of the verb in context. Each verb comes with its verb pattern wazn, I to X and root jadhr.
The book is alphabetized by jadhr, just like Hans Wehr. The verbs are also indexed at the back of the book alphabetically in Arabic as well i. A lot of Arabic texts are written in smaller print than this anyway.
CONS: 1. Although each verb comes with the English meaning, there is no way to look up a verb by its English meaning without flipping through the entire book. This quickly becomes really annoying. It would have taken the publisher a couple of hours and added only a few pages to the end of the book to include an index of the verbs by English definition. This is by far the biggest problem with the book. Without this problem, this would be a five-star book.
So the index numbering is completely useless. A big oversight. To make this book even better, it would help to have a the plural of the verbal noun masdar listed since these are often irregular and b the prepositions that are used with each verb. Missing a verb index in English By J. Adams on Oct 14, This book does not contain an index of the verbs in English. When I heard there was an opportunity to get the same book now with verbs and examples I jumped at the chance I bought it a day after it was available at Amazon.
However, the layout of the new edition is poor. This detracts from the users ability to see the "whole" picture for that verb. I understand that with the addition of the examples more space is needed, but alas this is a painful compromise. I saved the best for last. The index of this book is BAD. I mean really BAD. The previous edition, although disliked by others, was after a while self explanatory and logical.
I will try and contact the publisher and see if they will produce and make freely available an index based on the previous form. A great book that has had its potential straight-jacketed. Helpful and well organized By Paul Stevenson on Apr 17, The introduction is a clear explanation of Arabic verbs written for non-experts. In the paradigms, the 14 personal forms of each aspect "tense" and voice are clearly laid out. The third masculine singular perfect form is at the top of each paradigm because it is always the simplest form of each verb.
The only complaint I have about the two indexes is that there is no distinctive first page for each index. Each just starts at the very top with the title in the upper margin. At first I thought that the alphabetization was messed up, but finally I noticed that at the top of the first six pages was one title, and on the last six pages there was another title.
But this is, ultimately, a minor quibble. Once you notice the different titles, the organization becomes clear. An English index would be nice, but it is hardly indispensable, since students can and should consult dictionaries anyway.
Although no individual paradigm goes across pages, some people would like to see all the forms of each verb on a single page.
To accomplish this with Arabic, though, you would have to use microscopic print, have much larger pages, or omit the examples. All things considered, I think the publishers have made reasonable choices. I speak as a linguist who has spent many years using numerous reference works for many languages, and also as a professional editor who is familiar with the kinds of trade-offs that have to be made when planning any publication.
You have to compromise somewhere; the compromises in this book are, at least in my view, acceptable. That is, if you are a beginning student of Spanish and look in Spanish Verbs for verb that appears in your introductory textbook, you are virtually certain to find it.
If you are a beginning student of Classical Arabic and look in Arabic Verbs, you have about a chance of finding it. Arabic verbs are just a whole lot more complicated than Indo-European verbs.
There are two indices for each word; one by the root order the other by the whole word order; both given in alphabetical order with page number. The usual information is given for each. The verb is written in Arabic with the English translation. The root and its Form are given. The author gives an explanation of each of the ten forms in the introduction section at the beginning of the book. This too is extremely helpful. Check out this Introduction. Its full of useful information.
But what makes this compilation invaluable as a learning aid is the examples of the meaning of each word in at least two English sentences. Usually three or four examples are given. I do agree with some of the other reviewers that an English word index would be helpful to facilitate the learning process.
It took a couple of days and then it was done. I highly recommend this book for anyone studying the language. Great tool for advanced learners By S. I will say, however, that you need to have an intermediate-advanced understanding of the vast amount of verb tenses and rules in Arabic. You are even given sample sentences of said verb in differing contexts.
Each root is organized by the form number in chronological order and the number of listed verbs per root is dependent on which verbs are important and relevant to the actual language. Anyone who asks for more than this is not appreciative of the enormous amount of dedication and diligence required to come up with such a reference guide. Like I said before, this book will be difficult to use if you are a beginner.
Those who are complaining about the lack of an English-Arabic index are either beginners or lazy. Those who need to come up with translations from English to Arabic-- for the sake of understanding how to phrase their own expressions-- are still at a level where much of the Arabic vocabulary has not been retained.
In order to solve this problem, you must study the language effectively and rely on other books and resources to build your vocab. There are plenty of dictionaries and online resources that will translate an English word into Arabic-- this book is not one of them. Now Arabic has belatedly made it to the big time in the arena of foreigh language education in English, and this work will make itself very useful to its students- and not just to those in the beginning stages of Arabic study.
The Arabic verb mirrors the character of the language itself- based on very simple and logical principles which turn out to be complex and daunting in practice.
There are basically two tenses and an imperative the future, subjunctive and jussive are basically just small and entirely predictable variations of the imperfect , practically no irregular verbs to speak of, and verbs with more complicated and abstract meanings are derived from the basic forms by means of a small number of again quite predictable formulas. So how does it get hard?
The answer basically lies in the forms of some of the three-consonant roots that Arabic uses not only to build up almost all of its verbs but its entire lexicon as well. The verbs themselves have been well-chosen, there is a preliminary section that, although brief, explains all of the essentials of how Arabic verbs work, and along with the tables of conjugations illustrative sentences for each verb are given. The verbs are indexed both by alphabetical order and by root a system that learners should master as soon as possible because it is the system used by the best Arabic dictionaries.
Hopefully a future edition will correct this omission. But in the meantime this is still a very helpful reference to have handy- learners will continue to turn to it long after they have passed their beginning stages.
Sadly, this falls far, far short. The poor indexing has been addressed in oterh reviews. The print is very small, leaving the reader to guess or get a magnifying glass to make out the tiny details of the words. Secondly, was there a particular reason to omit the prefixes and suffixes? Why would it hurt to add the prefixes to the verb forms? This can be an important and useful reference, but it is greatly inferior to the other verbs for other languages.
It is hardly useful at all. Really good reference with some drawbacks By Dan Kim on Jul 31, As several other people mentioned, the indexing of this book leaves much to be desired. I knew this going in, but I still find the book very useful. I like the fact that the book reads right-to-left. I thought it was a nice touch, and it gave me a nostalgic feeling about my days in the classroom. I actually decided to make an English definition index with page numbers.
Took me about 2 hours, but now the book is even more useful to me. Let me know how I can make it public, and I will. This may be the only book you will ever need in order to learn Arabic.
I studied Arabic in school and could read and write and new the basic words but was always a little behind with my structure of verbs and this book i take everywhere now and it really has helped me in developing the language.
Dont spend your money those silly learning Arabic where its majority words you already know, if you know how to read and write in Arabic get this book! Not bad but perhaps confusing for those new to arabic By Rmatila on Jul 07, I thought this would be very useful as someone who was learning arabic, in my second year.
However the organizational structure of the book is a little tricky to understand and simply not user friendly, at least not to me.
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