Arabic Primer

Sir Arthur COTTON (1803 - 1899)

“Languages”, Sir Arthur Cotton writes, “are usually learnt as if it took a long time to learn the grammar &c., but that to speak with a good pronunciation and expression, and freely, and to catch the words from a speaker by the ear were easily and quickly acquired, but this is exactly contrary to fact.” Cotton’s “Vocal system” differs from the traditional grammatical method of learning languages in that it emphasises the development of correct pronunciation and the gradual acquisition of correct expressions and vocabulary. This is achieved through listening and repeating words and phrases uttered by a teacher. In the case of this audiobook, the teacher is the reader himself. The Arabic Primer contains only the simplest and most basic Arabic words. It allows the student to gain a foundational knowledge of the sounds and expressions of the Arabic language. Having mastered this work, the student can continue to develop his or her knowledge of Arabic through more advanced textbooks. (Summary by Nicholas Bridgewater)

Genre(s): Language learning

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Directions for Using the Books of the “Vocal” System Nicholas James Bridgewater
00:14:31
Play 01 The Alphabet Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 02 Pronouns, Demonstrative Pronouns, Relative Pronouns, Possessive Pronouns Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 03 The Article Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 04 The Cardinal Numbers Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 05 Ordinal Numbers Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 06 The Names of the Months Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 07 The Days of the Week Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 08 The Four Seasons Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 09 Sounds Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 10 First Thirty Words Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 11 First Set Nicholas James Bridgewater
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Play 12 Second Set Nicholas James Bridgewater
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