Friday, August 25, 2006
Becoming a student of the Arabic Language
Along with Karate and fire twirling (poi), I have added Arabic to my list of activities I would like to master. With French and Spanish somewhat under my belt, I felt comfortable adding another language. I am always up for a good challenge, and I have a burning desire to be multilingual-in a Jane Bond, woman of the world kind of way. Chinese and Arabic are next on the to accomplish list. I decided to save the Chinese for the Rosetta Stone I am ordering for my birthday. Arabic it is then. I went to the library yesterday to get some beginners books. I have all the confidence in myself that I can at least teach myself to read and write. I checked four books out. Each looked helpful and easy to use. I sat down for my first lesson: the alphabet. Upon studying the characters, I wondered if one could really call it an alphabet because it looked more like a squiggle-bet to me. So much for an ABC sing a long song. This might be a little more difficult than I thought. I'm ok with the reading and writing right to left, but the squiggles with no English equivalents... I might need a little help with this one.