[quote=Butros]oops, I study MSA.
Thanks for all the feedback so far.
On Amazon.com there was one dictionary that a reviewer seemed to indicate was arranged alphabetically and not by root, but I can’t be sure. Time will tell.[/quote]
I don’t think arranging an Arabic dictionary by actual word would be more effective than the established method of arranging by root. It is hard to use one like that when your vocabulary is in its infancy, but as you acquire more words it is really very useful. Especially since the Morphology of Arabic is predictable, in most cases. Add a t after the second root letter and, wallah, such and such a function appears. Put an M in front of the word and you’ve created thus and such. Put an alif after the first letter, and you have the active participle. I don’t know what level you are at, Butros, but trust me, the root system for arranging word in the dictionary is preferable to giving each word its own entry. It’s so hard to build your, how shall I put it, framework, during the gruelingly hard first two years, but then things start to pick up. Of course, I am coming from the vantage point of a native English speaker with no background in the Semitic languages; if you know a lot of dialect things may be very different for you.