It's common knowledge that Fishbein is a genius with language. Anybody who's passionate about the language will of course be gifted at it. I'm surprised that most of the evaluations here aren't bad mouthing the guy. That's a real shocker to me because most people that i've spoken with about Fishbein say the guy's a big prick. I've never had any class with the man but have spoken with him on several occasions during his office hours and he gets very irate over nothing. but that's just how some people are. that's life.
Winter 2016 - It was an honor to take a class with Professor Fishbein. He had previously been retired but came back to teach! This class was great. Fishbein explains the grammar very well and in very minute detail. He knows so much and his passion for Arabic is so evident when he lectures. He is also, as he put it, "كريم" when it comes to grading!