What readers and language learners have to say about “Habiba Draws Dahab” and “Yum!
I stumbled across your website while looking for arabic-english books. I am teaching
myself arabic and it's not exactly an easy task. I want to learn both Egyptian and
Levantine dialects as I have a lot of friends that speak either or, plus the music
I listen to.. but then came the issue of my love for books. Which leaves you with
MSA. So I've been juggling both Egyptian and MSA lately..
Anyways, I wanted to tell you that I think it's an AWESOME thing that you are doing.
I love writing as well, mostly music and poetry, and eventually want to be able to
write in other languages. Needless to say, that your work is helping with that dream
i stumbled upon your website the other day and i was relieved to find great books
in order to learn egyptian arabic.
I just discovered your cute Habiba stories and wanted to thank you for taking the
time to write and illustrate them and offer them on-line. I have begun learning colloquial
Egyptian Arabic in preparation for a trip to Egypt later this year and am having
a hard time finding interesting beginner level resources. I had hoped to begin by
listening to and reading children's storybooks and quickly discovered that everything
is written in MSA. I have tried watching some of the Disney films as I've been told
the Arabic versions are dubbed in the Egyptian dialect but am overwhelmed by the
quantity of vocabulary.
Have you thought about making audio recordings available for Habiba's stories? They
would help me immensely.
Please continue writing your stories.
Note: We do hope to have audio recordings available in the near future!
Have comments or suggestions? Send them to us at bernadette AT bernadettesimpson