Today marks two whole weeks since I came back from Jordan, and I wanted to take some time to reflect (in this very long post) on these six weeks that changed my life, and the lessons they taught me. In addition to language and customs, I have come back with a lot of new insight … Continue reading Memories and Lessons: My Takeaway from Six Weeks Abroad
I decided to make another Arabic video today, so that I can practice what I have been learning these past weeks. I am definitely still working on my accent and my sentences are very brief and childish, but I thought it would be fun to chart my growth as I continue to learn on my … Continue reading Arabic Update: What I have been Learning
As I have been moving along with my NSLI-Y Pre-Program course and my independent Arabic studies, I can’t help noticing the intricate interconnectedness between Arabic and my own language: Hindi. I have grown up speaking Hindi with my family, and a few years ago, I taught myself how to read and write in the Hindi … Continue reading Finding Common Ground between Arabic and Hindi
“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
Last fall, I applied for a scholarship to study Arabic from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). NSLI-Y is an organization funded by the U.S. Department of State, which sends high school students abroad on fully covered federal scholarships to study critical languages. The application and selection process took about six months but … Continue reading NSLI-Y: The Journey Begins
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!
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