I have lost my PDF/MP3 files. Can you send me a free replacement? When you buy a download from our site, please back up your files. Keep them safe. Print a hard copy. Burn CDs. Do whatever it takes. If you do lose your files, we can replace them and will charge a small admin fee to cover the time it takes us to process your request. Email us here with a copy of your original receipt.
Can I buy the book and audio material at a book shop? The book is now out of print except via Lulu here. If you find our book in a bookshop or elsewhere online then it is an illegal pirated copy. We would be grateful if you could let us know.
If I want a hard copy, what should I do? You can buy printed (hard) copies from Lulu here, or you can buy the digital version here and we give you permission to either print the material out yourself and bind it or put it in a folder, or ask one of the many photocopy/binding shops available to do it for you for a small fee. We find that a large spiral bound format is the most comfortable for this size of book. If you do photocopy the book, please remind your photocopy service provider that this work is copyrighted and that they should not make more than the copy you have ordered.
I am a teacher and I don't want my students to have the answers. Do you have an edition without the answer key? Yes we do, both digitally (buy here) and in hardcopy (buy here).
I am a teacher and want to buy bulk copies for my class. Do you offer a desk copy or discount? We do not offer free "desk" copies. We do offer discounts for bulk digital orders as follows:
I have searched and searched for a course to use after yours. Do you know of one? I am beginning to feel that I am searching for something that does not exist. Sadly, I do not know of a course that follows on after mine. There are a few options you can consider.
Redo my course. You will be at a higher level and pick up things that may have slipped by the first time.
Redo my course to go over all the basic forms and vocab AND supplement with additional authentic material (audio, visual, written if you can find it)
Work only with authentic material (audio, visual, written if you can find it) and use my course as a reference.
When I personally reached an advanced stage (post my course) I worked purely from authentic materials, particularly wonderful classic Syrian films and a weekly radio show 'crime and punishment' which also was published as the first colloquially written book. So find something that you really enjoy listening to/reading/watching and use that.
I found this book is available for free download on several peer-to-peer sites; some say they have the copyright approval to offer the book free. Is this true? No. Anyone downloading the full text and/or audio files free from any site other than www.syrianarabic.com is breaking the law. We do not charge a lot for our material and all income goes toward running this site. We invite you to honour our work and let us know if you find any other site offering our material either for free or a price.
What is the difference between Syrian and Egyptian Arabic? Great question! Read our summary here.
Can you recommend any other courses I could use? Our course is really the only one available when it comes to Syrian Arabic. If you are interested in Arabic more broadly, this site about nothing offers a great selection of reviews.
When will the other modules of your course be available? Life changes has meant we have chosen to abandon the original, ambitious plan and we will not be able to write any more Integrated Arabic modules. We do, however, encourage other students of Arabic to adopt our method and structure and create their own modules to share.
How long will it take to complete the course? This is really up to each individual student. You could read the whole book in one day. A normal person who had absolutely no Arabic to start with, could get through the material in about six months, studying everyday. However, if you really want to feel comfortable with Arabic (colloquial or otherwise), you will need two years of full-time, intense study. And then another few years to refine what you have learnt.
I want to study in Syria. Where should I go? Do you run a school? No, we don't run a school, nor are we able to provide advice on where to study in a school in Syria or anywhere else. Sorry!
Why didn't you publish the material through a traditional publishing house? When we wrote the material, no publisher was willing to take on our textbook because it was 'too big for a niche market'. So we decided to self publish and offer the material free to download and charge only for the printed copies, which we did for 10 years (the downloadable files were poor quality and corrupted in places).
During this time, we had several publishers interested, however, they usually asked us to shut down the website and not give any material away for free. In 2008 we significantly upgraded the illustrations and website, corrected the corrupted files and discontinued printing hard copies. In 2011, we re-published the printed version (hardcopy) including a 'student version' (without the script/answer key) at Lulu.com
Some of the fonts appears to be pixelated and hard to read. What's wrong? We are sorry that the quality of all the fonts is not as high as we'd like. We wrote the book using software that is no longer available (it was the best available at the time). When we upgraded the illustrations in 2008, we were no longer able to access the original fonts. The only option would be to completely re-typeset the whole book, which is currently not an option.
I found some mistakes. Yes sadly we have errata. All care has gone in to producing this material. Despite our efforts, some diligent readers have discovered one or two mistakes/typos, for which we thank them. So, please note that in the Answers section on page 380, Chapter 3, Function D, Exercise 5, the answer for B should be 1967 (in Arabic 197V) but it reads 1976 (in Arabic 19V7) and Answer C should read 1986 (in Arabic 19/\7) but it repeats B's answer of 1976 (In Arabic 19V7). Found any more? Do let us know.