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Start your review of Kullu Tamam! A good editor could bring the current text in a revised edition up to four stars. Fundamentally, if your goal is to be able to talk with people in Arabic in Egypt, this book can work for you. Students who already know Arabic will find Egyptian Arabic easier to learn if they can read the words in Arabic, rather than in transliteration.
Additionally, if working with an Egyptian tutor, Arabic script will be easier for them to adjust to than will learning a new representation of the language. Two weeks ago, I travelled to Upper Egypt, where the dialect is very similar to Cairene Arabic, but has some pronunciation differences. This is frustrating for me: I tend to remember vocabulary best when I learn it in context. I suppose that for others, they may just be extra words.
In the latter chapters, several lessons use vocabulary which does not appear in the vocabulary lists. Most of this appears in the glossary at the end of the book, but I recall one case where I had to use an external dictionary. The exercises are mostly not very good for the independent learner, tho I think they might work well with partners or in a classroom environment. I have found the English-Arabic translation exercises to be the only ones that actually helped me improve my Arabic.
I wish, too, that there were more full example sentences for the rules of grammar. Several rules are given in seemingly arbitrary places, not having been used in the lesson-initial dialogues or readings. The stress accent rules of Egyptian Arabic are not very complicated, but are very important. It would have been good to include them. That system might even have been a better choice. Lesson XVII teaches some of the basics of the Arabic script, but uses only material from previous lessons.
There are, unfortunately, not many texts available for self-instruction. But your mileage may very well vary. Also the German version contains more textual Still one of the best introductions to Egyptian Arabic on the market - by one of the best specialists.
Also the German version contains more textual materials and more "extend your vocabulary" sections. The big plus of the English edition is tha accompanying CD with all the texts. And the big plus of all the editions: good texts that even after only a few lessons present authentic material, an approach that focuses on grammar and precision - quite to the contrary to some newer textbooks that leave the student guessing the rules almost by himself and the transciption only approach - here I stongly disagree with the other reviewer.
So - get yourself the German version plus the English one because of the CD and start learning.
Kullu Tamam! Introduction
Kullu Tamam!: An Introduction to Egyptian Colloquial Arabic