Gerald Drißner writes and publishes books about the Arabic language and Arabic grammar. He also writes non-fiction books (mainly travel writing and economics) and has contributed to academic publications.

Refreshing perspective on a remarkable language

Such a novel approach to Arabic grammar which served to reignite my enthusiasm for this remarkable language. There are not many books on grammar of any language that one can dip into at any time of day for the sheer pleasure of it - but Arabic for Nerds is just that.

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.

Excellent ouvrage

Livre pour niveau avancé (au moins B2+) qui explique clairement et de façon attrayante la grammaire arabe. On peut lire quelques petits articles chaque jour. Très utile pour progresser logiquement et efficacement.

Dr. Sorcar

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.

Kurt Johnson

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 !

5.0 out of 5 stars Arabic for Nerds... Sweet as candy.

Arabic For Nerds 1 and 2 reveal the sugar cane furnishings of the proverbial Arabic steel house. As someone who inched along the path laid out by the Madinah books for almost two years I felt myself losing the spark of interest in studying that I initially experienced. To put it simply, I was burning out on Arabic. This led me to look for alternatives and then finding the Arabic for Nerds series. These books by Gerald Drissner "fill in the gaps" in a couple of ways. Firstly, as the author himself states, there is not much to be found when looking for intermediate to advanced material on Arabic grammar. Although, it is not difficult to locate any number of Teach yourself Arabic style and Arabic grammar books on a beginner level. AFN is targeted to intermediate and advanced learners who want to get into the nitty gritty of grammar. Personally, these books are helping me foster a deeper connection with the Qur'an. Secondly, I am finding that AFN 1 actually *does* fill in the gaps of my knowledge. As I read, or should I say "savor" a particular entry, I find myself saying "Oh! That's what that means." The beginning level grammar books that I've read tend to gloss over topics, not going in too deeply, and leaving the reader with a skeleton or framework for how Arabic works. Arabic For Nerds puts meat on those bones. Mr. Drissner is careful to use the Arabic terminology for grammar devices, something that as far as I can tell is not often encountered in most grammar books written for a Western audience. The books themselves are densely packed with information. Arabic for Nerds 2 is over 800 pages. I own both books and really don't think I will be needing any additional resources for the foreseeable future.

Reece Dreavyn

A near encyclopedia of information!

I'm still working my way through this book but what a superb and clearly written explanation of the Arabic language! Unlike most I've read so far, which have been dry, boring or outdated, the author uses up-to-the-minute clear English and brings his knowledgeable and humorous personality to help with the explanations. Brilliant!!

Pastry World

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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بارك الله فيك

Be kind

Enjoyable learning

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

Very interesting for learners of Arabic

This book is recommended for someone who already has a certain level of Arabic proficiency.... however, I've found it being very interesting even for a beginner, like myself: - The author explains different aspects of the language, randomly going from general to specific subjects (which makes the reading not boring) - The author does a great job explaining unusual grammar or morphological nuances of the language to the audience whose native languages are Romano-Germanic For a beginner the book gives a perspective about challenges at the advanced level...


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.

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Mastering Arabic Grammar

A wonderful book for all those who need to learn the intricacies of Arabic Grammar. Scores of Questions and Answers that help to understand the inner logic of the language and to master its patterns and structures, which the author compares to grandmaster chess-playing and to a 'mathematical game'. The author recommends his book to those who have studied Arabic intensively for a minimum of two years, with a good knowledge of Arabic vocabulary, and 'who know about tenses, verb moods and plurals'. He warns that the book doesn't teach vocabulary and that there are no exercises. While he also cautions that the book is neither scientific nor academic, his love for the language is so obvious and contagious that, along with the easy-going, conversational style and Q&A format, this book will ultimately be most helpful to all serious students of the Arabic language.



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.



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.


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


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.

M. Nur

Perfect 👍

great work!

Ali B

Excellent Resource

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 Buy this book, you will come to love Arabic

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

P Flynn

5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you ever wanted to know about Arabic

This book answered so many questions I had. The Arabic language is like a huge jigsaw puzzle and this book will fill in the missing pieces. A must have for the serious scholar.

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).


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.


Ägypten für Interessierte

Als Ägypten Urlauber wollte ich hinter die ferienanlage sehen und Infos vom Land. Buch war eine interessante, kurzweilige Lektüre.


5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for the Arabic enthusiast!

I actually purchased AFN quiet a while ago and I am just now getting around to writing a review. Arabic is one of those languages that requires A LOT of time if one wishes to become at least partially competent in it. It can definitely become overwhelming at times, especially in the beginning. But then again, I guess it depends on a person's main goal for wanting to learn the language. If it's just be able to talk about the weather, ask how someone is, or order a Falaafal, then it won't require as much time as if someone wants to be able to pick up a text and read away or give a formal speech in front of native Arabic speakers. There are tons of Arabic grammar books out there, some great, some good, some so-so, and to be quiet honest, (and I don't mean to sound cruel), some are so awful I question what the author was thinking in writing it. One thing that I must also say is that any online program or book that promises you that you can become fluent in Arabic in 30 days, 60 days, 3 months, etc., etc. JUST SAY NO! Also one must have a teacher or a knowledgeable tutor to learn at the basics. OK, with all that said, now on to the actual review. 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. It is also great that the author uses many of the grammar terms used by Arabic grammarians along side its English "equivalent". Overall, I would highly recommend to anyone who has been studying Arabic for at least a couple years to get this book.


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!


Great for mid to advanced teaching according to my teacher

Excellent purchase. My Arabic teacher who has studied classical Arabic since her childhood found the book very useful for our lessons. Even this exacting teacher found no more than two or three minor errors.


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.


5.0 out of 5 stars Details of product

It was a gift to a friend. He is very happy with the book.

Einblicke in Kultur und Geschichte

Informationen über land und Leute, die man nicht in Reiseführern findet Hintergrundwissen für eine Ägyptenreise Angenehm zu lesen

Adrisman Yunus

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.


5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Divine!

An excellent book, worth a buy. It takes you back in time to the substratum on how grammar began. Its like the Big Bang of Grammar. Totally intoxicating and worth the hangover. Dr Renuka Karthikayan Malaysia

Richard H

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 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.


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.

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing

This is the perfect manual for students of Arabic who already know grammar. It's very helpful for refreshing memory and filling in gaps.

John Honohan

5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading this book

I really enjoyed reading this book. It's very succinct and a great primer for someone who wants a quick and easily digestible book on Islam. The author discusses quirky cases in Islamic practice and law that make this all the more enjoyable. This is a book both regular people and nerds will enjoy.


Sehr empfehlenswert für alle Tunesienurleuber

Gerald Drißner versteht es, Land und Leute zu beschreiben und geht in hervorragender Weise auch auf historische Ereignisse ein. Ich habe dieses Buch während eines Urlaubs auf Djeba geslesen und verstehe nun viel mehr von Tunesien und der Mentalität der Leute. Dieses Buch kann ich nur bestens weiterempfehlen.

Gabrielle K.

So far the best to explain intermediate topics

Although the layout is a little messy and it is not easy to look up the answer you want, it truly does address the intricacies of Arabic in an appealing way. An important stepping stone into higher levels of this amazing ancient language. The author would do us good by preparing an exercise book to master the grammar points he explains.


5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal resource for advanced students of Arabic. This book ...

Phenomenal resource for advanced students of Arabic. This book addressed so many topics in Arabic grammar that I didn't even realize I was unclear on.

Amazon Kunde

Ein tolles Buch

Ich habe das Buch verschlungen und in 2 Tagen gelesen. Kritische Berichterstattung aus den verschiedenen Regionen und auch interessante Gespraeche mit der lokalen Bevoelkerung. Ich mag auch Sehr den witzigen Stil, wie es geschrieben ist. Kompliment.


Ein tolles Buch

Ich habe das Buch verschlungen und in 2 Tagen gelesen. Kritische Berichterstattung aus den verschiedenen Regionen und auch interessante Gespraeche mit der lokalen Bevoelkerung. Ich mag auch Sehr den witzigen Stil, wie es geschrieben ist. Kompliment.

An excellent book, for those who want to grasp certain ...

An excellent book, for those who want to grasp certain aspects of Arabic grammar this text is very useful. well worth the money


5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, it fills in all the gaps i was missing for grammar

Great Book, it fills in all the gaps i was missing for grammar Great Book, it fills in all the gaps i was missing for grammar

KJ Bakes

A must buy for all Arabists!

I was excited for the arrival of this book and I'm already glued after having it for one day. Grammar is explained really well in a structured, understandable and helpful manner. I know that this book will be essential to reference back to throughout my years of learning Arabic. I agree that its content is for those serious about the language, and with a love for Grammar (boxes all of which I tick), though I disagree with the author saying that it is aimed at advanced learners with 2+ years of Arabic knowledge behind them. I am a first year University Student and we have already covered a lot of these questions in class, and I'm fining the book extremely enlightening. A must buy.

Jimmy K.

Gut geschriebener Reiseeindruck

Ich habe eigentlich einen Tunesien-Reiseführer gesucht. In der Erwartung, einen solchen zu kaufen, hab' ich dieses Buch gekauft. Es ist kein Reiseführer, aber es war trotzdem kein Fehlkauf. Na ja, im Grunde genommen ist es eigentlich ein persönlicher Erlebnisbericht von Gerald Drissner, der selbst in Tunesien lebt und in diesem Buch über seine Erlebnisse berichtet. Das Tolle ist wirklich der Schreibstil - man liest das Buch unglaublich schnell durch. Drissner schildert die einzelnen Episoden auch sehr abechslungsreich und garniert sie mit einigen amüsanten Anekdoten und mit Fakten aus der Tunesischen Geschichte. Man lernt sehr viel bei der Lektüre und sie ist wirklich sehr kurzweilig.


5.0 out of 5 stars I think this book is especially useful to students who have spent more than two years ...

Every serious Arabic learner should get a copy of this -- whenever I have a question the book has an answer to it. I think this book is especially useful to students who have spent more than two years studying Arabic and who wants to understand FusHa grammar inside-out.


5.0 out of 5 stars Important nuances of Arabic grammar explained.

Not for every would-be learner of Arabic grammar, but EXCELLENT for those who want a Western-type analysis of how fine points of Arabic grammar works, those who find discomfort in not connecting the approach of traditional Arabic grammarians to a modern framework. A very succinct compilation of the kinds of commentary/explanation needed by students from a European-American educational background. Perhaps overwhelming for a beginner, but for one with a linguistics or grammar orientation this fills a distinct need.

Ammann Paul

Sehr gutes Buch - sehr zu empfehlen

Jetzt weiss ich z.B endlich, warum ich bis heute - wenn ich unkonzentriert war - sehr oft ذالك statt ذلك geschrieben habe. Von jetzt an sicher nie mehr (siehe Kapitel 23). Thanks!!

Arabic (in English)

Gerald learned Arabic exclusively in Arab countries. Therefore, he explains Arabic (and Islam) from an Arabic point of view, thus closing the gap between Western and Arabic approaches. He self-publishes his Arabic books under the label pochemuchka-books.

His book Arabic for Nerds was recommended by the King’s College London.

Travel writing (in German)

Gerald’s style is a kind of travel realism. He puts himself in the background; he is not concerned with self-discovery.

He travels through a country for several months to get a feel for it. Gerald describes the worries and dreams of the people; he explains to the reader what he doesn’t find on the internet: how a country works and why things there often work differently than we know.

Academic Writing & NON-FIcTION

In academic writing, Gerald focuses on topics related to the Arab world and economics.