A perfect beginner-intermediate vocabulary list.
This 450-page handy word list contains over 11,000 terms meant to provide a basic-intermediate vocabulary for ARAMCO's English speaking workers. Even though the book was clearly meant for a specific audience, it will serve as a great vocabulary list for any Arabic beginner. The list is arranged in English alphabetical order and contains both the standard written and common spoken forms of the word. If you cannot read Arabic yet, don't worry. You will still be able to say each word using its phonetic form, which is based on Saudi pronunciations. Although this book let's you get away with not being able to read proper Arabic script, you certainly won't learn any grammar or usage from it. Many English entries, however, are given with multiple Arabic synonyms, which is incredibly useful when you're trying to acquire vocabulary sets and not just individual terms. Otherwise, if you're like me and hate making flash cards but need a big word list, then this book is just what you need. Don't be afraid that it's from 1958, either. The words it contains are basic standard and are still taught today.