Alif Baa with Multimedia

cover art
184 pp., 8.5 x 11
Paperback (1 DVD-ROM)
ISBN: 9781589015067 (1589015061)

June 2009
LC: 2009007016




Alif Baa with Multimedia
Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds
Second Edition
Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, and Abbas Al-Tonsi


Since the release of the second edition of Alif Baa with DVDs in the fall of 2004, thousands of Arabic language learners have benefited from the integrated textbook and DVDs. This new version—Alif Baa with Multimedia—functions even better and features a new and improved digital format.

The content of Alif Baa with Multimedia, Second Edition, including the text and all of the audio and video on the disk, is exactly the same as that of Alif Baa with DVDs, Second Edition. Only the format of the disk has changed so that all files will be easy to play using the free Adobe Flash Player. All units are now included on only one disk. Teachers and students may use both versions of the textbook side-by-side in the classroom and notice no difference in content or appearance. It should not affect the learning experience or require teachers to do any additional preparation.

• Introduces about 150 basic vocabulary words, including conventional forms of politeness and social greetings
• Introduces a range of Arabic from colloquial to standard in authentic contexts
• Includes video footage of an Arabic calligrapher, capsules on Arabic culture, and images of street signs from Morocco, Egypt, and Lebanon
• Provides the essential first 20-25 contact hours of the Al-Kitaab program

The DVD that accompanies Alif Baa with Multimedia plays in any computer's DVD drive. In order to view the files, you will need to download and install the free Flash Player from Adobe's website.

System Requirements:

• 450 MHz Intel Pentium II (or compatible) processor
• MS Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista
• 128MB of RAM and 128MB of VRAM
• Computer with DVD drive
• Headphones or speakers
• Flash Player (free download from

• 500 MHz PowerPC G3 or 1.33 GHz Intel Core Duo processor
• Mac OS X v10.4 or 10.5
• 128MB of RAM and 128MB of VRAM
• Computer with DVD drive
• Headphones or speakers
• Flash Player (free download from

Georgetown University Press is not able to provide technical support for the CDs and DVDs that accompany the Al-Kitaab series.

Kristen Brustad is an associate professor of Arabic at the University of Texas at Austin.

Mahmoud Al-Batal is an associate professor of Arabic and the director of the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

Abbas Al-Tonsi is a professor of Arabic at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

"This introductory text aims to familiarize the student with the pronunciation and writing system and to present a good number of greetings, common phrases and everyday vocabulary . . . An impeccably presented manual."—Forum for Modern Language Studies

"Highly recommend this second edition . . . The DVDs add considerably to students' mastering of the material."—Modern Language Journal