The book, broken. The house, broken. The room, broken. Practically everything is broken. Confused? Allow me to explain. With Arabic school a few days in, we have started diving into more vocabulary and of course, grammar. Currently we’re studying the plurals, which can either be masculine, feminine, or broken, which basically means that the word structure completely changes! Worse yet, there is no way of telling whether a word is broken or not, and if you happen to figure it out, there are ten possible broken patterns so… you have to memorize!! (Why couldn’t they just add an “S” at the ending?)
Fortunately, our teachers at school are amazing and they are making learning a lot of fun! We have four classes each day, two taught by one teacher, and the other two by another. Our first two classes focus mainly on vocabulary, while the latter two detail grammar. Though we are covering content at an incredible pace, and we have a lot of homework, in class, it is all about games and conversation. We practice dialogue, play a lot of team games (which sometimes get too competitive :D), and get a lot of time to ask questions to our teachers, since there are only seven students in my class. For me, this is quite the utopia: going to school for four hours a day to study a foreign language and then working on homework for another few hours without the slightest threat of math and science eclipsing my day. Frankly it might be hard to go back to regular schooling after experiencing this.
Not only do I love the educational environment of our Arabic school, Qasid, everyone there is so open-hearted! Today, our grammar teacher, who is so encouraging and helpful, brought us Nescafe and Nesquik, as well as Dairy Milk, one of my favorite chocolate brands that I
Back at the house, I find myself getting closer to my host family. They always go the extra mile to make me feel welcome and part of the family. Yesterday, a lot of us NSLI-Y students decided that we would do something special for our families for the Fourth of July. For some, it meant s’mores, and for others, pancakes. I decided to make brownies for my family! While ideally, I would have made them from scratch the way I do in the States, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to acquire the ingredients, so I brought some with me in the form of Ghirardelli Double Fudge Brownie Mix! I had a lot of fun making the brownies with my host sister, Rand, and the whole family was able to enjoy the treat!
I am extremely tired, so I think I should take myself to bed. You see, I didn’t describe this in detail last time, but Jordanian families don’t have regular sleep schedules during the summer. They’re practically nocturnal. Because Ramadan ended recently, and the kids don’t have school, families stay up until two or three regularly. That means that you’re either yawning in Arabic class or falling asleep during an after-school activity. So, I’ve decided to adhere to an early bedtime schedule, especially because I have to wake up at six for school tomorrow!