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Arabic language course CD?

can anyone recommend a good Arabic language course CD? my wife and i are travelling thru Tunisia, Libya and Niger this winter and would like to have some basic Arabic skills under our belts.

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I have just got a Linguaphone Arabic 'PDQ' course, but not started it yet. Looks okay, but have my doubts about the pdq description!!

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Look here:
http://www.eurotalk.com/Library/fmpr...geID=092&-find

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Arabic will be of very little use in Niger. Practice your French
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I can recommend the 'Teach Yourself' series.
The Arabic CD's ISBN is 0 340 80282 0, it comes with a book which is ordered separately, but worth getting.
The course deals with not only speaking day-to-day arabic, but also reading and writing the language.

Be warned though, I found it a very difficult language to learn and once I was on the road, the differing dialects from region to region meant that what I had learnt was not as helpful as I had hoped.

For this reason I would also suggest learning some French.

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I have just travelled through Tunisia for almost 50 days, and I'm now in Cairo.

I blitzed through the PDQ course mentioned above before I left the UK, and I also had some lessons through my Uni (UCL in London - the lessons are available to non-students, office is at the top of Gower Street). The PDQ course is OK, but not fantastic. I bought it becauise I have had good experience with Linguaphone, but you're probably better with the full course.

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Aside from a few phrases and words, it has been mostly useless, for the same reasons as Geoff found. You're probably better off just learning a few phrases (water, name, greetings and salutations, "no arabi" etc etc)

For where you're going a good conversational French knowledge will be FAR more useful. Be warned that the others are right - Arabic is fiendishly difficult and variable: phrases from my Lebanese teacher were useless in Tunisia, and phrases from Tunisia sound like nonsense to Egyptians.

In some places in Libya, Italian and English will be OK.

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thanks everyone for the input. sounds like we might be better off with two good phrase books, one specific to Tunisia and one specific to Libya. i found this one for Libya:
http://www.libyaninvestment.com/shop..._in_libya.html

does anyone have a recommendation for one for Tunisia? or a better one for Libya?

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