This introduction to the spoken language of Iraq is suitable for
classroom use and self-study. It is designed both for people with
no previous knowledge of the Arabic language and those who know
some Arabic and wish to learn the Iraqi dialect. The foundation of
the book is a series of realistic dialogues that increase in
complexity with each lesson. The language is based on the Baghdadi
dialect, which is understood by a majority of Iraqis. All Arabic
words are transliterated into roman script for easy understanding.
New vocabulary is explained prior to each dialogue, while
additional vocabulary related to the topic is also provided. The
grammar, expressions, and cultural material found in the dialogues
are fully explained in their proper context. The grammar is also
presented in a logical, step-by-step manner for easy mastery. Each
unit is supplemented with exercises that test and reinforce the
student's knowledge, with an answer key provided at the end of the
book. The two-way glossary contains more than 5,000 entries,
enabling the book to double as a dictionary for travelers to Iraq.
An audio CD feature accompanies the lessons. Nawal Nasrallah is an
Iraqi native who taught the English language and English literature
at the Universities of Baghdad and Mosul. She is the author of
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