I have spent the week learning from Hanane and continuing my own studies using Alif Baa. Here's my attempt to introduce and talk about my self in Shaami (Levantine) colloquial Arabic. Enjoy! 🙂 Request to my Arabic speaking friends: I really want to improve, so I would love it if you could give feedback in the comments … Continue reading A Daring Attempt…
“Ma ismuka?” I asked my Syrian friend’s little brother, expecting him to answer with his name. He looked at me, confused. I had just made a big Arabic learner faux pas: dialect confusion. As I had learned a while ago, there are two most common types of Arabic: colloquial and literary. Literary Arabic, or Fus’Ha is … Continue reading الشامي, School, and a New Friendship
Music. To some, it is entertainment. To others, an escape from the world. To me, it is one of the best ways to learn a language. Throughout my years learning Spanish and French, as well as my more recent Arabic self-study, it has always been music that has provided the best supplement to my formal … Continue reading The Language of Music
Eleven weeks till Pre-Departure Orientations! I am so excited to say that I have officially started my Mandatory Pre-Program Language Course (MPPLC) for the NSLI-Y program! As you may know, prior to the actual study abroad experience, NSLI-Y students have to complete a 10 week online course in the target language, so that they can … Continue reading Pre-Program Studies Begin!
As I wrote earlier, I have been volunteering as a Youth ESL Tutor for refugee children with iACT, the Interfaith Action of Central Texas on Saturdays. Today, I was volunteering in their other location for the first time, and I expected the general routine: come in, help out the kids, take them outside for some … Continue reading A Happy Coincidence