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About Arabic for Nerds

The best place for people who are addicted to Arabic

Arabic for Nerds is a home for anyone who is passionate about Arabic.

At Arabic for Nerds, you will find…

Gerald Drißner
Gerald Drißner

Who runs Arabic for Nerds?

Gerald Drißner (Drissner), an award-winning journalist and economist, was born in 1977 and grew up in the Austrian Alps (النِمْسا), where modern skiing was invented. But this is not the story here.

Gerald is addicted to Arabic.

He has lived in the Middle East and North Africa for more than a decade where he has studied Arabic extensively. Gerald wanted to share his passion for Arabic with others and create a place where people could learn and share information about this wonderful language.

That is why Gerald Drißner founded Arabic for Nerds in 2015. Since then, he has been writing about fascinating and interesting things related to Arabic. If you like it more structured and in-depth, you can check out his books on Arabic grammar.

Don’t miss  In this interview Gerald Drißner talks about his journey to Arabic and why he finds Arabic fascinating.

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Arabic for Nerds is also the name of a series of books written by Gerald Drißner.

So far, Arabic for Nerds 1 (270 questions about Arabic grammar) and Arabic for Nerds 2 (450 more questions about Arabic grammar) have been published.

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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.

Dominic Herbert October 27, 2023
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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.

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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.

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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.

Dr. Sorcar May 27, 2023
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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 !

Kurt Johnson October 31, 2022
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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!!

Reece Dreavyn January 7, 2022
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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

Pastry World November 18, 2021
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Ottimo manuale vale 200 euro

بارك الله فيك

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Enjoyable learning

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

Be kind March 22, 2021
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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...

Relentless_explorer March 18, 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT COMPENDIUM OF ARABIC GRAMMER

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.

Carlos C. Huerta February 4, 2021
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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.

Amazon Customer Chad I. November 18, 2020
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Buenisimo

Maravilloso , lo recomiendo 100% explica la gramática de forma sencilla estoy contentísima con esta compra.

Tamara October 18, 2020
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Maravilloso , lo recomiendo 100% explica la gramática de forma sencilla estoy contentísima con esta compra.

Indignada con AMASSON October 18, 2020
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VERY USEFUL BOOK

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.

Steve October 10, 2020
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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

JMC March 3, 2020
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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.

Tim January 31, 2020
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Perfect 👍

great work!

M. Nur October 26, 2019
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Must have!!! Comprehensive book and much easier than to read than Traditional works!

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

Ali B August 26, 2019
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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.

dcchamberlin July 25, 2019
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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.

P Flynn June 14, 2019
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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).

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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.

Yamani May 16, 2019
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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.

Maximus February 18, 2019
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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!

C C YU January 26, 2019
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Intelligent

Intelligent grammar that my Arabic native -speaking teacher approves of.

Hooley January 5, 2019
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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.

Hameed December 11, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Details of product

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

MARY December 3, 2018
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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.

Adrisman Yunus November 15, 2018
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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

renuka October 22, 2018

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