Arabic is a world language and one of the official languages of nineteen countires spread across Saharan Africa and most of the Middle East. It is also one of the official languages of the United Nations. If you are planning to visit or work in an Arab country or are learning Arabic, then this book should help you get to grips with reading and writing Arabic script. It is a step-by-step introduction to reading and writing simple Arabic that should enable you to read Arabic signs, notices, advertisements and headlines. The alphabet is introduced in stages and there's lots of practice of each new letter before the next is introduced. There are also plenty of example words and phrases that are seen everywhere in any Arab environment so that you will begin to familiarize yourself with the most common signs and directions.