Then and Now: Gauging my Arabic after Jordan

Before I left for Jordan, I made a couple of videos in which I practiced Arabic and shared what I knew. Now, after my NSLI-Y experience, I wanted to make another Arabic video, just for comparison’s sake! Actually, when I told people I was in Jordan studying Arabic, a common question I got was, “Are you fluent now?”. Fluency. I wish…. Although I think I’ve definitely improved since before, I’m still a beginner, and I feel like the skills I’ve developed in Jordan have laid a solid foundation for my future studies!

Anyways, here’s the video; please give me corrections/feedback! I am sure there are a lot of mistakes in my Arabic (due to vocabulary limitations and grammar inconsistencies), so it doesn’t help that the English translation makes it sound a lot worse than it actually is. Enjoy!! 😀

Also, as a very random update, I video called my host family today!!!!!! It was so nice to see them again, and two-year old Hashem kept on telling me to come back!

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“حبايبي”/”Habaibi” (my darlings) all dressed up for Eid!

8 thoughts on “Then and Now: Gauging my Arabic after Jordan

  1. Fabulous! I am so proud of you! Your video almost brought me to tears. You are speaking so confidently and well. Keep doing what you love. I miss you!

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    1. MRS. BOECKING!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh– it’s so great to hear from you!!!! I was just thinking of you yesterday! I miss you, your class, your roasts, and our political rants so much! It heartens me that you appreciated my video! (My mom was laughing at it, despite knowing any Arabic. :D)

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  2. I don’t know Arabic but I watched some of the video and it certainly seems like you learned a lot! So proud of you, Shraddha!

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    1. Awwww…. thank you so much Mrs. Holcombe! That means so much! I’ve heard Mr. Holcombe speaks some Arabic; it would be cool to see if I could understand some, even though the dialect would be very different!

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  3. Dear Shraddha, I listened to the video along with its English translation and I was really impressed by your fluency of the new language. With your determination, you will definitely scale new heights.

    So, keep up with your enthusiasm.

    With our best wishes, Nana & Nani

    On Sun, Sep 3, 2017 at 4:02 PM, Connecting the Dots wrote:

    > ShraddhaJoshi posted: “Before I left for Jordan, I made a couple of videos > in which I practiced Arabic and shared what I knew. Now, after my NSLI-Y > experience, I wanted to make another Arabic video, just for comparison’s > sake! Actually, when I told people I was in Jordan studyi” >

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  4. Shraddha – Watched your video today .. you sound so authentic .Congratulations my dear linguist-dancer-chronicler-volunteer ! I love how much heart and soul you put into your learning and I am sure you will go places with your talents……. literally !!! 🙂

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