Thursday, June 09, 2011

And they're talking it to me

Standing at an intersection for an hour can be exhausting. Taking two Arabic lessons for two hours is exhausting. I did both of those things today... one after the other, since my Arabic teacher unfortunately had some kind of issue with her in-laws or something like that. At any rate, I ended up standing on the curb with the taxi drivers where she was going to pick me up for more than an hour.

She got there eventually though, and I was able to take my second Arabic lesson. They are pretty intense. I had tried to study Arabic a few times before, but it was modern standard Arabic, which is quite different from Lebanese Arabic––a whole different ball game. Things are generally spelled the same, but pronounced almost completely differently. Apparently people in other Arabic speaking countries consider it to be a kind of snooty, pretentious version of the language, kind of like Castilian Spanish vs. American Spanish or something like that... which is kind of funny.

I was originally only planning on taking a couple lessons, but even though it's kind of demanding, I decided I'll probably keep doing it as long as I'm here... when else will I have the chance to take private Lebanese Arabic lessons?

1 comment:

eanthony4507 said...

Good luck with the language. You'll pick up a little after a while! And yes, there is a huge difference in the American Spanish vs. the other. Glad you're having a good time! :)