First off to let me share, I have invested well off $1500.00 in Language Study Materials in the last 6 months with all the Languages I will be learning. Ex. I have Spanish, Latin, Chinese, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Greek, Russian, Hebrew, Portuguese, and Korean. Publishers ranging from Teach Yourself, Michel Thomas, Paul Noble (Collins), Barron's, Mc Graw Hill, Living Language, FSI, Dr. William Blair, Behind the Wheel, Berlitz, Pimsleur and Assimil.
In those 6 months I listened to Dozens of Experts and Polyglots via You Tube (Hundreds of Hours). So right now I'm re-learning my Spanish and learning new Languages of French and Arabic which I Started the First of the year. I was having a HARD Time with French (using mainly Assimil and secondary Berlitz) in the month of January, until I started using Living Language French. Wow what a difference. So this week I started Arabic (my friend and house mate wanted to learn it so I said what the heck) I've chosen for us to use the Living Language Complete and Behind the Wheel ARABIC (which I would highly recommend too) publishers.
Living Language Arabic, Complete Edition is a great multimedia course in Modern Standard Arabic that takes you from a beginner to an advanced level in one Single package. It is an Awesome value for your dollar. So with Arabic you have to understand there are So many Dialects out there. This course will give you what is called MSA Modern Standard Arabic, which is used in the News, Newspapers and most Music. MSA will give you a Great Foundation... then you can build upon it learning such dialects as Egyptian, Palestine or Lebanon.
At the core of Arabic, Complete Edition is the Living Language Method(tm), based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. It teaches you the whole language, so you can express yourself, not just recite memorized words or scripts.
* 4 Books: 46 lessons, additional review exercises, culture notes, and a grammar summary--plus a complete guide to Arabic Script
* 9 Audio CDs: Vocabulary, dialogues, audio exercises, and more--listen while using the books or use for review on the go
* Free Online Learning: Flashcards, games, and interactive quizzes for each lesson
The Living Language Method(tm)
* Build a Foundation
* Start speaking Arabic immediately using essential words and phrases.
Progress with Confidence by starting with these basics first.
* Build on each lesson as you advance to full sentences, then actual conversations.
* Retain what You've Learned
* Special recall exercises move your new language from short-term to long term memory.
* Achieve Your Goals
* Don't just mimic or memorize. Develop practical language skills to speak in any situation.
Build A Foundation ...Work with what you have. The easiest way to learn a new language is to use the same learning strategies that have worked for you in the past and let your native language serve as a bridge to your new language. Begin speaking immediately using essential words and phrases.
Progress with Confidence...Languages are complex systems, but can be broken down into simple steps. By following a building block approach, you can learn a language in small pieces, each piece reinforcing the previous one, while preparing you for the next one. Advance from words to full sentences, then to actual conversations.
Retain What You've Learned ...It's easiest to learn and remember a new language when you use more than one sense. The combination of audio and visual input, along with written, recorded, and interactive digital practice, creates a true multimedia learning experience that actively engages you in your new language right from the start. In addition, special recall exercises move your new language from short-term to long-term memory.
Achieve Your Goals...You don't just mimic or memorize. To speak a new language, you need more than words and memorized phrases. With clear and simple explanations of grammar, you'll develop practical language skills to speak with confidence in any situation.
Here are the KEYS why all this WORKS...
* The dialogues are short and easily managed, and they include examples and vocabulary and grammar which will be covered later in the lessons (after you hear the dialogue). The dialogues are recorded at regular speed, then at slower speed and last it is broken down in parts with pauses (so you hear it 3X's very cool). The recording s are very High Quality, using male and female actors.
* Following each dialogue you get these notes that refer back to words, expressions, constructions, or even bits of the cultural information around the dialogue. The note may include grammar reminder of something you learned in last lesson as well.
* You will get a List of words that are rooted out of the dialogues, but also a list words relating to the topic or theme of the lesson as well. The new words that were not in the dialogues will be heard by a native speaker/actor and will give you a chance to repeat them too.
Grammar and Usage
* Each lesson teaches you 3 to 6 grammar points that apply to the Dialogue. They are explained in plain English, and there are plenty of examples of each new construction. There are also plenty of exercises so you get the rules ingrained. The rules of the past lessons of also used as reminds to help you get the BIG picture.
Pronunciation and Script
* This course presents a clear and comprehensive focus to Pronunciation on each lesson. It also builds on the lessons previous so you do not feel over whelmed. Arabic has sounds our Western tongue, mouth and lips have NOT performed before, so it is a workout but in a fun way (HAVE FUN WITH IT- OVER EXPRESS THE WORDS).
* The script is eased in to each lesson of the lessons, so you never feel over well with this either.
Good Luck and have FUN