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From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Monday, September 4, 2000, 7:51
Chollie wrote:

> Luca Mangiat wrote: > "It could sound strange, but I have some money in my wallet (my
> insisted on tipping me for my results at school...)." > Lucky you...
: ) Well, the results were all good (Italian, Latin, English, German and Philosophy among the best ones)... if we exclude helly Maths and Physics (only 6/10!).
> I assume that you wish to learn Classical Arabic. If that is the
> and you already know German, then the world is your oyster! More work has > been done about Arabic in the German tongue than just about any other > language.
What I originally wanted was a Classical Arabic grammar with exercises and some references to modern dialects (as those fantastic Greek grammars with references to Eolic, Doric etc.). Is it available?
> You'll probably want a good Arabic dictionary. Hans Wehr's
> is the standard; it was originally composed in German but was translated > into English by J. Cowan (!). It is generally quite expensive, but you
> find used copies on the Internet for less than thirty bucks. Try > and look for "Wehr, Hans."
I'll take a look to this Bookfinder, then.
> Looking at my own bibliographic notes, I see a couple of good
> grammars in German. Recently, Wolfdietrich Fischer wrote a "Grammatik des > Klassischen Arabischen," which I have yet to read. Generally, we in
> use Wright's grammar, which is very old-fashioned but very thorough (as
> old-fashioned grammars tend to be). Wright originally translated this > grammar from (what else) a German edition written by a fellow named
> so I wouldn't be surprised if there was an Italian version as well. On > Advanced Book Exchange, I see a copy (in Latin) for 50 bucks. > If, on the other hand, you wish to learn spoken Arabic, the book I
> was entitled "al-kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya (a Textbook for
> Arabic)" which was published by Georgetown. It's used in many American > universities and has been recommended for private study, although I have > never seen it used outside of a classroom. The authors are K. Brustad, M. > Al-Batal, and A. Al-Tonsi. Another reference is J.R. Smart's book on
> in the "Teach Yourself" series. This will be much cheaper than the rest, > but you will get what you pay for. This book is wonderful for introducing > oneself to Arabic grammar, but don't expect to be able to > speak/write/understand Arabic after reading it.
My goal is getting a 'linguistic' knowledge of it. Knowing how it works, and, if possible, a little of spoken Arabic.
> As far as Italian references go, I'm afraid that I don't know of any > off hand. Italy produced many great Semitists, however, so try looking
> books written by Levi della Vida (an Arabist), Garbini (a NW Semitist), > Moscati (ditto), etc. > Good luck - and, a word of warning - books in Semitics tend to be > overpriced when they first come out. It's always best to shop for > second-hand books in this field because the book inevitably drops in
> Actually, it plummets.
: )
> -Chollie