What is the difference?
Arabic has one standard, formal, written form, Modern Standard Arabic or MSA, that is used and understood throughout the Arab world. While primarily written, MSA is also spoken in highly formal situations, in higher education, in sermons, and in the courts of law. In the reading component of the Pimsleur Arabic courses (Egyptian and Eastern), the Arabic alphabet is introduced in MSA. In its every day spoken form, however, Arabic is represented by many regional, generally mutually intelligible dialects. Of these many dialects, the seven primary ones are: Eastern Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, Gulf Arabic, Iraqi Arabic, Saudi Arabic, North African Arabic, and Yemeni Arabic
Eastern Arabic is the dialect spoken in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine, and is also very well understood in eastern and southeastern parts of the Arab world. Pimsleur’s Eastern Arabic is based on the dialect of Damascus, Syria.
Egyptian Arabic is mainly spoken in urban Egypt and has also gained a high degree of acceptance throughout the Arabic-speaking world because of its use in films. Pimsleur's Egyptian Arabic teaches the Cairene dialect, the dialect of the Egyptian capital.
Modern Standard Arabic:
Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is the standard and written form of Arabic used and understood throughout the Arab world. Though primarily written, MSA is also spoken in formal situations, higher education, sermons, media, and in the courts of law.
Pimsleur Arabic - Learn on the Go! Having a busy life shouldn't keep you from learning Arabic. The Pimsleur Arabic course is all audio which means you can learn anywhere. No books to hassle with, just pure audio learning. Learn Arabic while you're driving, exercising, cleaning, etc. The ease with which you'll learn Arabic is amazing. After just the first lesson, you'll be on your way to communicating. The Pimsleur Method will teach you to speak the most amount of Arabic in the least amount of time. Dr. Pimsleur's unique approach will make you wonder why you didn't start sooner. Perfect for your busy lifestyle.
What is the Pimsleur Difference?
The Pimsleur Method provides the most effective language-learning program ever developed. The Pimsleur Method gives you quick command of a new language's structure without tedious drills. Because of this, learning to speak becomes enjoyable and rewarding.
The key reason most people struggle with new languages is that they aren't given proper instruction - only bits and pieces of a language. Other language programs sell only pieces - dictionaries; grammar books and instructions; lists of hundreds or even thousands of words and definitions; audios containing useless drills. They leave it to you to assemble these pieces as you try to speak. Pimsleur enables you to spend your time learning to speak the language rather than just studying its pieces.
When you were learning English, could you speak before you knew how to conjugate verbs? Of course you could. That same learning process is what Pimsleur replicates. Pimsleur presents the whole language as one integrated piece so you can succeed.
Pimsleur is like having your own personal tutor. With Pimsleur language courses, you'll save money and actually have the same interaction as you would if you have your own personal language tutor. Every lesson starts with a conversation in your new language. From there, a narrator will go through the words and phrases part by part. The lessons then become interactive. The narrator will ask you a question to which you will respond. After you have said your response out loud, you will hear a native speaker give the response to make sure you are correct. With Pimsleur you will pay anywhere from $4-$7.50 for a 30 minute lesson. You'd pay hundreds of dollars for the same amount of time with a personal tutor. Save money and learn with Pimsleur
The Pimsleur Method The unique method developed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur lets you learn a language the way native speakers do - exposing you to vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation all at once, in everyday conversations. And by applying Dr. Pimsleur's two key proven principles - the Principle of Graduated Interval Recall and the Principle of Anticipation - this program delivers results faster and more effectively than any other language learning method, whether classroom or packaged.
Who is Dr. Paul Pimsleur? Dr. Pimsleur devoted his life to language teaching and was one of the world’s leading experts in applied linguistics. After obtaining his Ph.D. in French from Columbia University, he taught French Phonetics and Phonemics, and supervised the language laboratory at UCLA. He went on to become Professor of Romance Languages and Language Education, and Director of The Listening Center at Ohio State University; Professor of Education and Romance Languages at the State University of New York at Albany; and a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Heidelberg.
After years of research and development, including field studies of spoken language training with adults, Dr. Pimsleur created a new method for self–instruction in spoken languages that is based on the way the human brain takes in language as speech. Of the several unique features of the Method, two key principles: the Principle of Anticipation and a scientific principle of memory that he called Graduated Interval Recall This is the only language teaching program which incorporates these essential principles to provide you with the most easy–to–do, amazingly rapid, and highly cost–effective learning method available.
The Principle of Graduated Interval Recall is a complex name for a very simple theory about memory. In his research, Dr. Pimsleur discovered how long students remembered new information and at what intervals they needed to be reminded of it. If reminded too soon or too late, they failed to retain the information. This discovery enabled him to create a schedule of exactly when and how the information should be reintroduced.
The Pimsleur programs are designed to remind you of new information at the exact intervals where maximum retention takes place. Each time your memory begins to fade, you will be asked to recall the word. Through this powerful method, your new language skills move from short-term to long-term memory.
The Principle of Anticipation Before Dr. Pimsleur created his unique teaching method, language courses were based on the principle of repetition. Teachers drummed phrases into the students' minds over and over, as if language were made up only of words to be memorized. On the contrary, however, neurophysiologists tell us that simple and unchallenging repetition has a hypnotic, even dulling effect on the learning process, completely counterproductive to actually learning a new language. Dr. Pimsleur discovered that learning accelerates when there is an "input/output" system of interaction, in which students receive information and then are later asked to retrieve and use it.
The Principle of Anticipation requires you to "anticipate" a correct answer. Practically, what this means is that you retrieve the answer from your memory based on information provided in earlier lessons.
Pimsleur Results In short, Pimsleur reinvents natural language acquisition - the way you learned your native tongue - and applies it to second-language acquisition. As sufficient structures and vocabulary are acquired, early reading is introduced in those languages that imply a sound-based alphabet. Learners can then process to see how word-sounds become written language.
You'll have a broad repertoire of words, phrases, and sentence structures to choose from as you're able to build longer sentences and have real interactive conversations with native speakers. You'll find yourself subconsciously thinking in your new language before you know it. You'll be amazed at how quickly you begin to understand the words and begin to put sentences together in real conversations.
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