"Urban Arabic" Books
September 10, 2016 10:45 AM   Subscribe

Hi everyone, This question is a shot in the dark, but I'm trying to find a way to purchase a hard copy or PDF of the Saifi Institute's Urban Arabic books 4 & 5. This would be easy if I was in Lebanon, but I'm in the US.

I contacted the school and haven't received a response. I'm wondering if anyone out there has extra copies or can help me figure out a way to get them (without going back to Lebanon). Thanks!
posted by Penguin48 to Education (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Have you checked some, er, torrenting sites? Or maybe a local university? My university lent books out to the general public, you just had to go through a few hoops and the number of checked out items was limited. What about like, free book websites?

Good luck though, from one linguistics aficionado to another.

posted by erattacorrige at 11:35 AM on September 10, 2016

No luck with any of those links. The textbooks haven't been published by a publishing company as far as I know - they're more like spiral-bound printouts.
posted by Penguin48 at 5:50 PM on September 10, 2016

Do you have any friends in Lebanon who would go to the school, pay for a copy and ship it to you?
posted by fritillary at 5:54 PM on September 10, 2016

Ebay? International sellers would likely ship it here for you.
posted by fshgrl at 7:11 PM on September 10, 2016

Maybe try something via interlibrary loan. Gee, I hate it when I can't find the book I like and need. (Cue my obsession with the Pashto language.)
posted by erattacorrige at 8:32 AM on September 11, 2016

You could try phoning the school at the number on their website (Skype or something similar wouldn't be too expensive) to ask a person.
posted by Hal Mumkin at 4:46 PM on September 12, 2016

Not available on eBay or through interlibrary loan where I am. I've checked all the common sense places. The school is still not responsive, and I'm not sure how I would pay them since things like PayPal are blocked in Lebanon. I may have to wire money to a friend to ship them to me if the school doesn't respond soon. These books really should be more widely available than they are!
posted by Penguin48 at 4:20 AM on September 16, 2016

Is there any possible book that could work as a substitute?
posted by erattacorrige at 8:04 AM on September 16, 2016

مرحبا! يمكنك الآن استخدام "باي بال" في لبنان. يجب عليك الاتصال الصيفي مرة أخرى
posted by standardasparagus at 6:07 AM on February 13, 2017

As standardasparagus noted, PayPal can be used in Lebanon now. I did contact Saifi a few more times and was able to get the books shipped to me within about two months.
posted by Penguin48 at 12:12 PM on February 25, 2017

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