The Arabic Alphabet

The Arabic Alphabet


9780863569548 February 2006 Paperback 96pp

About the Book

Ever larger numbers of people are starting to learn Arabic, while even more have some contact with the Arab world. Anyone who wishes to learn the language faces the hitherto formidable initial problem: the alphabet.

This book proceeds step by step through all the letters of the Arabic alphabet, showing the sounds they stand for and how they are combined into words. Nothing essential is left out, but no unnecessary complications are added. Readers will find that progress is rapid and will be surprised at the relative ease with which they master the first steps in learning this increasingly important world language.

The Arabic Alphabet belongs on the desk of every student of the language, in the luggage of every visitor to the Middle East, in the briefcases of all business people with Arab clients and in the back pocket of all employees of British or American companies working in Arab countries.

About the Author

Nicholas Awde was born in London in 1961 and spent much of his childhood in Africa. He studied Arabic at London University.
Putros Samano was born in Iraq in 1953. Since 1974 he has lived in Britain, where he studied Arabic and Arabic-English translation and now works as a translator and interpreter.


‘Demonstrates the letters in easy-to-follow, stroke-by-stroke diagrams. Excellent value.’
Library Journal

'Far and away the clearest introduction to writing and recognizing Arabic script.'
Rough Guide to Jordan