Arabic for Nerds two

A grammar compendium – 450 questions about Arabic grammar

  • August 2018
  • Publisher: pochemuchka books
  • 548 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-3-9819848-0-4
  • ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-3-9819848-1-1
  • E-book, paperback and hardcover are available at amazon and almost all other booksellers.
Arabic for Nerds 2

Summary

Have you ever been in the following situation? You know every single word in an Arabic sentence, but you have no idea what the sentence is about? The painful reason is: you don’t understand the grammar.

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

It is specifically designed for advanced learners.

Reviews

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

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.

What readers say

4.7
Based on 50 Reviews

Niveau (C1+)

Livre pour niveau avancé (au moins C1+) qui explique clairement et de façon attrayante les subtilités de la grammaire arabe. On peut lire quelques petits articles chaque jour. Très utile pour progresser logiquement et efficacement.

Niveau (C1+)

Livre pour niveau avancé (au moins C1+) qui explique clairement et de façon attrayante les subtilités de la grammaire arabe. On peut lire quelques petits articles chaque jour. Très utile pour progresser logiquement et efficacement.

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Dr. Sorcar
2023-05-28

5.0 out of 5 stars This book explains the logic of Arabic grammar

I bought the Kindle version of "Arabic for Nerds" almost a couple of years ago. I find myself returning to it whenever traditional grammar books fall short and reference books feel obscure. As my grasp of the language grows, so does my fascination with this book. This intrigue even led me to acquire the hardcover editions. So, what is at the heart of this fascination? Despite its casual title, the book deals with pretty sophisticated stuff. It effortlessly goes deep into the complexities of classical grammar, all the while offering riveting explanations in a style that contemporary readers will find appealing, and even entertaining. The book provides plenty of examples drawing both from classical and modern texts to illustrate the usage. Such a unique blend of a contemporary approach in grammar is a rarity. The author keeps you engaged with enticing phrases like: "Arabic has a sophisticated approach for this…" or "There is a mysterious connection between...". He brings your attention to unexpected aspects of the language with stimulating statements such as, "There is a cryptic grammar term for this…" or "There is a delightful grammar trick for this...", "Let us look at the DNA of the expression…". His writing will sustain your curiosity even when the complexity of the subject might nudge you into disinterest and disengagement. Occasionally, he will alert you against pitfalls with labels like, "WATCH OUT:", because in your quest to comprehend, you might inadvertently draw incorrect conclusions. He will summarize the rules for you, or even give you a "RULE OF THUMB" after discussing a lengthy topic. How can you do without a book like this? Diving into studies with Mr. Drissner offers more than mere explanations of a set of grammar rules. He navigates you into the hidden beauty within Arabic grammar. He aids you in forging a deep connection, sparking in you a passion for a subject that might have appeared intimidating previously. He will show you the exceptional logic of Arabic grammar, a phenomenon he aptly dubbed as "the internal harmony of the language". You can trust Mr. Drissner to be your guide for an expedition into the magnificent logic of a subject that might have eluded you. I have searched extensively, both online and for printed books on Arabic grammar. I found nothing as resourceful in a single book. I can now confidently say that these two volume books are the most comprehensive yet captivating book on Arabic grammar in English.

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Kurt Johnson
2022-11-01

Excellent resource formatted by bite sized consumption

Amazingly helpful and thorough resource on Arabic grammar It is clear, insightful, full of engaging examples, and formatted perfectly for jumping in/out of topics due to its modular format I look forward to Gerard’s next Arabic publication !

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Pastry World
2021-11-19

Excellent for grammar lovers. I love this book and enjoying it infact having fun reading it.

I’m using it for additional support for my Arabic teaching. So much to learn from it and great for brushing up on Arabic grammar

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Be kind
2021-03-23

Enjoyable learning

Best arabic grammar book I found to date easy simple to understand a big thank u to the author of the book

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT COMPENDIUM OF ARABIC GRAMMER

This is such a great book that I am thinking of getting a second copy to store when I wear out the first copy . My first copy came a little damaged but that was the fault of the shipper not the book publisher. Strongly recommended.

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Tamara
2020-10-19

Buenisimo

Maravilloso , lo recomiendo 100% explica la gramática de forma sencilla estoy contentísima con esta compra.

Maravilloso , lo recomiendo 100% explica la gramática de forma sencilla estoy contentísima con esta compra.

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Steve
2020-10-11

VERY USEFUL BOOK

This is an excellent book which covers the finer points of Arabic which are so often difficult to find answers for - if you are serious about learning Arabic, this book is essential reading. Used in conjunction with Modern Literary Arabic- a reference grammar - by Dr. Ron Buckley - I can find answers to must problems encountered.

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JMC
2020-03-04

5.0 out of 5 stars A Brillant Resource !

If you are serious about learning the finer nuances of Arabic grammar, then this resource should be in your possession. The format of this book has been very thoughtfully laid out in giving the serious student a comprehensive blueprint of the necessary grammatical concepts that gives one access to the embedded meanings within the structure of the Arabic sentence. I have a number of Arabic grammar resources in my library. What is amazing about Arabic for Nerds Two is that it is both a key and bridge to effectively understanding the seminal classical Arabic texts. The more that I am learning about Arabic grammar, the more the value of Arabic for Nerds Two becomes. It is my primary go to resource. I am glad that I found this resource and I thank the author for his knowledge and vision for producing such a gem! JMC

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Tim
2020-02-01

5.0 out of 5 stars Your nerdy best friend explains *more* Arabic grammar!

I bought both of the Arabic for Nerds books, they're fun to read and flip through! 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 though the list of topics if you are looking for something specific.

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Ali B
2019-08-27

Must have!!! Comprehensive book and much easier than to read than Traditional works!

Must have for any student learning Arabic! Most grammar books widely used like Hidayatun, Sharh Qatar an Nada can be difficulty for the new learner and technical. This book is written in simple English and will definitely assist you in learning Arabic. As a student of Arabic (Fusha) for many years, I would strongly recommend

5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Explanation of Nettlesome Arabic Grammar Issues for Non-Native, Non-Heritage Speakers

Gerald Driβner 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 807 pages (including the very useful index) and is decidedly not for the faint of heart. Drissner makes clear that the text is intended for Intermediate High to Advanced level students and contends that mastery of its contents could push one to the ACTFL Superior level, though this reviewer retains serious doubts about the latter claim. Nonetheless, the text focuses on the thorny issues of proper iraab (formal voweling in Modern Standard and Classical Arabic) in the light of works by native grammarians (taking both a diachronic and synchronic view of the issues) who are cited with proper sources, legibly printed Arabic examples in an easily accessible font style and English translations with notes on how iraab can change the precise meaning, particularly in idaafa consructions. Toward that end, Gerald Drissner has succeeded remarkably well in providing a very lucid, informative, and fascinating book on not only Arabic now but also its development over time, replete with examples from various dialects, Classical Arabic, and Modern Standard Arabic. This reviewer would highly recommend this book and its predecessor as in invaluable fount of knowledge on the Arabic language and how to improve one's use and understanding of the language. Reginald Lee Hefner, M.A. (Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language [TAFL]), Middlebury College and currently Lecturer in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, and Modern Hebrew at York College of Pennsylvania (YCP).

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Yamani
2019-05-17

5.0 out of 5 stars A 'go to' book for learners of Arabic. Indispensable.

A cornucopia of Arabic grammar terms you will not find any Standard Arabic Grammar book very clearly explained. It is about I'raab or understanding the shape and function of each word in an Arabic sentence. With the knowledge of I'raab and widely available vocabularies of the Quran, you will read the Quran without the need of a translation. A companion website poses 20 Questions to prominent Arabs and non-Arabs involved in Arabic either authors, diplomats and celebrities about their experience with Arabic. Excellent contribution making you ask for more.

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C C YU
2019-01-27

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful

If you want to deepen your understanding of Arabic, not just always remain in the beginner level, Arabic for Nerds 1 & 2are for you!

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Hooley
2019-01-06

Intelligent

Intelligent grammar that my Arabic native -speaking teacher approves of.

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Hameed
2018-12-12

5.0 out of 5 stars Must have books - Arabic for Nerds 1 & 2

Many books have been written on learning and teaching Arabic Language by orientalists since the early 19th century for English speaking people. Many books have been written by native speakers too but none have succeeded in explaining the nitty- gritty of the language in away that will encourage a student to learn a challenging language like Arabic. I have been learning Arabic for some time and in my search for books i found Arabic for nerds book 1 which i bought from Amazon and read it from cover to cover. When i finished it i heard about the 800 odd pages book 2 which i immediately bought. Having used both the books i wish to advise all aspiring students who are trying to learn Arabic Languge to place your hands on these books. You will find answers you will never find in any other books on the subject on this planet. I am serious. I recomend these books very much that is why i spent time writing a review.

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Adrisman Yunus
2018-11-16

5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to help you with I'raab (Arabic Grammar Analysis)

Learning grammar for any language normally is boring, but this book really changed my mind. I really enjoyed studying Arabic grammar through this book. The author used Q&A method to teach you anything you want to know with Arabic Grammar. I studied and read a lot of Arabic Grammar books, but I never found any book which taught you how to read I'raab (Arabic grammar analysis), but this book does.

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Richard H
2018-09-16

Excellent grammar companion for advanced learners

This is a formidable achievement by Gerald, who has comprehensively covered a multitude of questions of grammar that the advanced learner may come across. I particularly found the structured layout to be of benefit, as it allows the reader to quickly identify any particular aspect of grammar/i3rab about which you may have doubts, and read more deeply into the subject. A must have for anyone serious about improving degree-level Arabic.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the study of the Arabic language

Thorough analysis regarding the syntax and grammar of the Arabic language in an easy to digest format.

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Isaac
2018-08-20

5.0 out of 5 stars A Helpful Book of Arabic Grammar

The author published "Arabic For Nerds" in 2015. The present book is a follow-up to it. Both books are helpful to all students of the Arabic language. The author has managed to simplify the complex issues associated with Arabic and has added relevant information about former Arabic grammarians. Also, by discussing about 450 grammatical questions he has succeeded in making learning Arabic relatively easy--a hard task but will-achieved. Highly recommended.

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Ammann Paul
2018-08-19

Grossartig!

Die Breite und Tiefe der Information über die arabische Grammatik ist bewundernswert. Ich bin begeistert!!

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Nina
2018-08-07

5.0 out of 5 stars A very informative and helpful book for Arabic Learners

The book magnificently simplifies the Arabic Language for learners. It makes it easy for the reader, first to understand history and components of the Arabic Language, and second to know the meaning behind specific grammar rules. The book avoids complicated contexts that make it difficult to follow the grammar rules. The book provides the logic behind using the verbs in different tenses . I highly recommend reading this book if anyone wants to read and speak the language.

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