This is the textbook for my Intro to Arabic course. It’s a full year course that meets twice a week. I went to the bookstore on campus to pick it up and laughed to see that the textbook entitled Elements of Arabic (for the course the next level up) was as big as a record and as thick as the phone book. My book, entitled Mastering Arabic is about the size of a small paperback novel. Apparently, you only need a teeny textbook to master one of the most difficult languages to learn.