They say that the best way to learn a language is through absolute immersion. It has been scientifically proven that after acquiring some basic prerequisites, the most effective means of becoming fluent is by surrounding oneself with native speakers. When seeking for ways to improve my French, I thought about how I could achieve the … Continue reading French Immersion in Austin!
A Long Journey to Closed Doors: By Shraddha Joshi, 2016 “Life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.” The basic rights that every American deserves. Citizens all across the country take these privileges for granted, and few have ever taken the time to envision what life would be without them. It’s the “American Dream,” right? However, just … Continue reading OPINION: Why Unaccompanied Central American Child Migrants Should be Granted Refugee Status
I was overwhelmed by the wonderful response for my production, “Displaced”. It was truly gratifying to see how the Austin community came together to support this cause. We were able to raise about $6000, which will all go towards supporting refugee girls in our city! According to a GirlForward representative, this was one of their … Continue reading “Displaced”: Response
After nearly a month, the videos for “Displaced” are finally available! The production consists of the stories of five different child refugees from across the world. Each story includes a narration, followed by a dance piece, and concluded by a video clip. As you can see, the recording of the entire production is listed here, … Continue reading “Displaced” Videos
I have been extremely busy in the past few weeks, but I decided that I needed to spend more time doing things that I honestly cared about, and that would be important to my life. So, what better way to spend a Saturday morning than by learning Arabic! Here are some notes that I took: … Continue reading Learning Arabic Online!
As many of you may know, it has nearly been a month since I staged “Displaced”, a production that conveys the global refugee crisis through the use of dance and storytelling. The idea for “Displaced” came from a school project called the Personal Project. This year-long endeavor required students to create a product on a … Continue reading “Displaced” 2017: A Journey
At first sight, the Arabic Naskh script appears daunting, with swirling lines and hovering dots that go from right to left. To add to that, there are 28 letters, and each letter has three different forms, depending on where it is located in a word. I won't lie. I was overwhelmed. In fact, I nearly gave … Continue reading How to Read Arabic: Fast and Free