By Geertjan-Oracle on Jan 15, 2008
I learned an incredible amount of Arabic for the time I spent there (much more than last time in Alexandria). Now, I can write Arabic (albeit badly), read it (though slowly and without necessarily understanding what I'm reading), and have small conversations with real Arabic people (so long as they're Egyptian and so long as they need to be told "go left, here, right here, now, right now, no, the second one, and please turn right, not left, please"). And a lot more. I surprised myself at the amount of Arabic I learned. It's a lot less scrawly than it seems at first sight.