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This book is for students who have studied Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) for one year or more and would like to learn colloquial Arabic basics using their knowledge of MSA. It aims at transitioning learners from Novice Mid level to Intermediate Low through presenting situations useful for living in an Arab country. The book has several features including hyperlinks, practice dialogues with open answers, cultural tips, and more.

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Portland State University Library




Arabic language -- Textbooks for foreign speakers, Arabic language, Arabic language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers


© 2018 Lina Gomaa

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This open textbook was originally published in 2015.

Publication of this book was made possible by Portland State University Library PDXOpen Publishing Initiative Grant program.

Accessibility Remediation was completed on the book in November 2020. This open textbook now meets our accessibility standards as adapted from the BCCampus Accessibility Statement.

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From MSA to CA: A Beginner's Guide for Transitioning into Colloquial Arabic