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
It’s Friday night and I leave for Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) on Monday. This past week has been incredibly busy. In addition to cramming last minute Arabic vocabulary, choosing host family gifts, and packing my luggage, I was lucky to spend this week doing one of my favorite things: volunteering with refugees. Every summer, Interfaith Action … Continue reading A Rewarding Last Week in Austin… T-3 Days until my NSLI-Y Adventure!
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
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
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