Biography

Hanna H. Farha was born on March 29, 1938 in Marjeyoun, a town in Southern Lebanon. He grew up there alongside his seven brothers and sisters, and went on to graduate from Marjayoun National College in 1958.

Hanna would serve the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the U.S. State Department between 1959 and 1976, and worked in Beirut, as well as in Washington D.C. and Tunisia.

During his time with the FSI, he taught Arabic to dozens of prominent ambassadors and Assistant Secretaries of State, such as Richard William Murphy, Morris Draper (Middle East Envoy tasked with leading the Lebanese-Israeli talks of 1983), Fred Galanto, David Newton, Dr. Nathaniel Howell, Kenton Keith, George Lane, Charles Widney, Robert Polletro, and the distinguished Edward Djerejian, who served in eight U.S. administrations (from Presidents John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton).

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Books

Arabic Writing: Learn to Write and Read Arabic in 14 days

As an experienced instructor to the English speaking community in Arabic language, it has come to my attention that the recently acquired importance of the Arabic world both politically and economically has created a greater need for the English speaking diplomats, business communities and others, to acquire a working knowledge of the written Arabic language.

Practical Arabic – “A”

This course is a result of 20 years of experience in teaching Arabic to diplomats, businessmen, correspondents, university professors and students, in Beirut, Tunis, USA and Riyadh.

Practical Arabic – “O”

This course is a result of 20 years of experience in teaching Arabic to diplomats, businessmen, correspondents, university professors and students, in Beirut, Tunis, USA and Riyadh.

Courtesy Expressions In Spoken Arabic

Foreigners can become proficient speakers of Arabic, but complete mastery of the language, requires that they acquire a command of the kinds of expressions presented in this book. Thus, he will discover that he feels himself at home with this language, and how his mastery of using them will make it easy for him to participate in exchanging courtesies with any Arab individual, just he will discover how the right usage of right expressions at the right time will by all means open to him doors of friendship and mutual understanding.

Modern Spoken English

This book is written mainly for those who know some English (beginners + intermediate) and wish to reinforce their conversational capacity and fluency. The book is very simple, and easy to use. Each lesson except the 1st is composed of:

Basic Dialogue

  1. Basic Dialogue
  2. Useful Vocabulary
  3. 4 Additional Dialogues
  4. A Small Story
  5. Exercises

Every word and sentence is translated into Arabic and recorded on the accompanying tapes (3 tapes). This course is undoubtedly very useful to all newcomers to the Western World and need to speak and understand the English language well.