Arabic for Nerds two

A grammar compendium – 450 questions about Arabic grammar

August 2018, 828 pages; language: English
ISBN-13: 978-3-9819848-0-4
ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-3-9819848-1-1


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Arabic for Nerds 2


ARABIC FOR NERDS 2 will improve your understanding of written Arabic dramatically. It helps you to achieve your final goal: the superior level (C2).

Have you been in the following situation? You know every single word in an Arabic sentence, but you don’t have a clue what the sentence is all about? The painful reason is: you don’t understand the grammar.

This book aims to transform grammar, a subject that is hated by many people, into an understandable and enjoyable subject. This is not another boring grammar book. ARABIC FOR NERDS 2 will teach you in an entertaining way how to dissect a sentence, how to identify the function of letters, words, and syntax – in short: the I’rab.

The author has compiled 450 interesting questions that mainly deal with Arabic grammar (nahw).

Imagine pushing entire sentences into an MRI machine. After we have examined the structure, we put single words under a microscope. Eventually, we will know how sentences work or why they don’t work.

This book is thoughtfully structured to guide you through

  • the jungle of case endings
  • playing with word order
  • understanding fine points of Classical and Modern Standard Arabic,
  • and how to avoid common mistakes.


ARABIC FOR NERDS 2 is a grammar compendium. It gives you all the tools that you need to properly analyze any Arabic sentence – no matter if it is taken from a children’s book or the Holy Qur’an.

Every Arabic sentence is fully vowelled (Tashkeel) and translated into English.

It is specifically intended for advanced learners.


This book has got to be every serious (nerdy) Arabic student’s dream. It's just brilliant.

The Arabic Pages

The author has managed to simplify the complex issues associated with Arabic and has added relevant information about former Arabic grammarians. Also, by discussing 450 grammatical questions he has succeeded in making learning Arabic relatively easy–a hard task but will-achieved. Highly recommended.

Rami Yelda,

I keep it on my desk and read 2-3 random sections a day. It brings back the feeling of reading dictionaries or encyclopedias as a kid. They are written as though you are sitting with a friend who *really* gets it and is happy to explain it to you. Easy to breeze through, and it isn't difficult to skim through the list of topics if you are looking for something specific.


Gerald Drißner has produced a comprehensive compendium of nettlesome and problematic issues plaguing non-native students of Arabic more likely than not from the first one that ever tried to learn Arabic. The second volume following its concomitant Arabic for Nerds is a heavy tome (both literally and figuratively) weighing in at 828 pages (including the very useful index) and is decidedly not for the faint of heart.

Reginald Lee Hefner, Arabisch-Lehrer, University of Pennsylvania
Arabic for Nerds 1
Als Spion am Nil
In einem Land das neu beginnt
Islam for Nerds
Schwarzer Tee und Blaue Augen