Arabic for Nerds one

FILL THE GAPS – 270 questions about Arabic grammar

October 2015, 548 pages; language: English
Price: €19.99 / $19.90 / £16.99
ISBN-13: 978-3-9819848-7-3
ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-3-9819848-2-8

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Arabic for Nerds one 1


Gerald Drißner has been collecting interesting facts about Arabic grammar, vocabulary and expressions, hints and traps for almost ten years. Finally, he has compiled them to a book: Arabic for Nerds.

This book should fill a gap. There are plenty of books about Arabic for beginners, but it is difficult to find good material for intermediate students.

This book is suitable for readers who have been studying Arabic for at least two years. Readers should have sound knowledge of vocabulary (around 3000 words) and know about tenses, verb moods and plurals.

If a student wants to reach an advanced level, it is not about learning vocabulary lists – it is about understanding the fascinating core of Arabic.

Arabic for Nerds doesn’t teach vocabulary, nor are there exercises. This book explains how Arabic works and gives readers hints in using and understanding the language better. Since most of the Arabic words are given in translation, the reader should be able to read this book without a dictionary.

This is what Arabic for Nerds is all about. It is specifically intended for intermediate learners.


Recommended for self-study (intermediate Arabic).

King's College, London

The author's passion for Arabic makes understanding grammar interesting.

DC Chamberlin,

Gerald Drißner is passionately in love with this language and you can feel it. Unfortunately, most existing Arabic books are a bit outdated or much too stiff. One can simply leaf through this book for hours in the sofa and learn a lot. The fact that a foreigner has written this book is also important: he knows the tricky and difficult things for non-native speakers of Arabic.

Sébastien Gravier,

Arabic for Nerds is not the conventional Arabic "grammar" book, and this is one of the best things about it! It fills in many of the gaps that other books can create, and it explains the concepts it tackles in a clear manner.