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Arabic Learning through Music
Kilma Hilwa
Egyptian Arabic through Popular Songs: Intermediate Level
Bahaa Ed-Din Ossama
A new approach to learning Egyptian Arabic through the songs
of Umm Kulthoum, Mohamed Mounir, and many others
One of the best ways to learn a language is by studying the media that native
speakers themselves listen to and read, and popular songs can also reveal
much about the culture and traditions of a country where the language is spoken. Egypt, as one of the great cultural production centers of the Arab world,
enjoys a particularly rich musical scene, with songs in many styles in both
Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Here, Cairo-based
Arabic teacher Bahaa Ed-Din Ossama presents twenty songs in Egyptian Arabic performed by popular singers from Umm Kulthoum to Mohamed Mounir
and builds a variety of language lessons around them, with notes on vocabulary, grammar, and usage, and communicative exercises in listening, writing,
and speaking. The songs are graded from easiest to most difficult, and each
lesson includes a link to a performance of the song on YouTube, the lyrics of
the song, and notes on the songwriter, the composer, and the singer.
Students using this unique book will not only improve their Colloquial Arabic skills but will also gain an insight into the cultural landscape of Egypt. The
book can be used in the classroom, for self-study, or simply for interest and
sheer enjoyment of the songs.
Includes songs by:
Ali al-Haggar
Amr Diab
Dalida
Farid al-Atrash
Laila Murad
Latifa
Medhat Saleh
Mohamed Abd al-Wahab
Mohamed Fawzi
Mohamed Mounir
Nagat
Riham Abd al-Hakim
Sabah
Samira Said
Shadia
Suad Hosni
Umm Kulthum
Bahaa Ed-Din Ossama teaches Arabic to foreign
learners in Cairo. He has a BA degree in Greek
and Latin from Cairo University, and has translated works by Ovid from the Latin to Arabic.
180pp. Pbk. June
978-977-416-708-9.LE150. World.
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