|The keys to success - mastering Arabic - speaking or writing, 7/29/2012|
By Muhammad In'aam ( )
I am from the United Kingdom. I have been studying the ‘Arabic Language and Literature’ for a few years. I have come across a valuable book that benefited, facilitated and assisted me in my studies, in speaking and writing Arabic. This book is authored by Shaykh Mahdi al-Dajaani (Hafizahullah): entitled as ‘Mausu’Atu-MafaateeH-al-Kalaam’ - An Encyclopaedia of the Keys to Kalaam. I see this book as treasure of gold. It enables all new or native readers and learners of Arabic to enrich, beatify and perfect their sentences in monologues or dialogues. This book without doubt enhances, improves and upgrades ones vocabulary with various antique, precious and profitable words and phrases that can impress future employers, guests or even professionals and scholars. For this reason, I think this book: an ocean of pearls and rubies of the Arabic language should be used and utilised in the curriculum of all secular or Islamic academic societies and academies teaching the Arabic Language. I hope this book reaches everyone who knows even a little Arabic, as this book would come in handy on a daily basis and for a complete lifetime.
|An Invitation to love Arabic, 7/25/2012|
By Ibn Sidki ( )
The introduction indicates that the book wants the reader to love Arabic based on the assumption, it seems, that such love is a necessary condition for having a fluent Arabic tongue. It also touches on the philosophy of the notion of speech itself. The book aims at inviting the reader to train his/her mind to be able to synchronize entering into a specific station of speech with uttering the right and relevant connective and transitional statement.
|Rich, Comprehensive, and a Teaching Tool, 7/22/2012|
By Muhammad Jad alHaq ( )
Well, I’ve got to say that this book turned out to be more than what it promises. And I’m truly struck by the sheer comprehensive effort the author put into it. Not just in terms of the large number of phrases and their variations, but the precision with which the author identifies the stages of speech and writing and provides phrases for many different situations and aspects of those stages.
More to like, or rather to enjoy, is the eloquence of the language used. It’s standard Arabic (fusha), and sometimes quite literary and poetic, yet very accessible and -- importantly -- adaptable. I imagine one can easily infuse many of those phrases into his or her casual conversation, hence bridging the divide between dialect (‘amiya) and formal Arabic “fusaha”.
For non-native Arabic students, I think the book is a very efficient language learning tool because getting the phrases right allows them to be fluent as they get the logic and pattern of how and when (and when not) the native speakers put words together. So it’s a reference and Arabic language teaching tool.
Book printing and binding quality is very good, though I prefer an off-white paper for inside pages.
|A wish comes true..., 7/22/2012|
By Khalil Ibrahim ( )
At last, an Arabic reference book that meets the practical needs of students, writers, journalists and other professionals who are seeking the right expression for their work, the easiest way. I fell in love with it the very first moment I got hold of it. It quickly became indispensable and will certainly not leave my desk. I always wished in the past, when I was a student, to possess such a handy reference book; well, a wish comes true... though I had to wait a long time.
|Mafteeh El-Kalam, 7/15/2012|
By Abu Aly Abu Aly ( )
I got this book two years ago. I found it very helpful in improving my Arabic. Particularly it enriched my connectives and transitional phrases which made my speaking and writing smoother and more eloquent. It’s a kind of reference that stays with for a long time in that you use over and over whenever you feel the need. It is not the kind of book that you use once and that is it. In short it’s a book which improves composition skills, both oral and written and presentation skills. I forgot to say that it also helps in organizing and structuring your speech and writing. It is a bit big. But it is like dictionaries and other valuable references. It’s a practical phrase sdictionary.
|mawsuat mafateeh al kalam, 7/14/2012|
By abu ahmad abu ahmad ( )
This new reference in the field of Arabic language studies has been released by Dar Al-Ilm li Al-Malayin, the esteemed Arab Publisher.
The Mawsua’a shows the reader the main stations (manazel at-ta'abeer) which the writer/speaker usually passes through while writing a composition or giving a speech. The Mawsua’a also shows the reader other stations which the writer/speaker passes through in order to make his writing or speech more coherent. The Mawsua’a includes several hundreds of such stations.
In addition, the Mawsua’a includes in every station a good number of model phrases (mafateeh at-ta'abeer) which the writer/speaker may use in expressing himself while passing through the relevant station. The book includes several thousands of such model phrases of Keys of Expression.
This encyclopedic work falls in 566 pages. It was inspired by the Islamic traditional sciences and genres such as adb al-mundhara, al-jadal, and ilm al-mantiq, which modern Muslims today have unfortunately lost. This work incorporates these traditional sciences and reintroduces them in an accessible fashion for the modern reader.
The Mawsua’a is an indispensable source for:
a) Mastering the methodology of designing an integrated and cohesive body of expression both in speaking and writing (“linguistic architecture”), and
b) Gaining the power of structuring opening and transitional phrases and connectives.
The Mawsua’a is designed to be used as a text book for students whose first language is Arabic as well as students who are learning Arabic as a foreign language but who are familiar with the basics of Arabic.
The Mawsua’a relied on traditional and contemporary sources. The objective of this is to introduce the reader to the various manifestations of the beauty and majesty of the Arabic language.