Arabic, Again

Pic from a few weeks ago at Arabic school in Cairo (left to right: me, Jun a "Doctors without Borders" worker from Tokyo, who sent me this pic, and Francesco, a university student from Italy who really likes "russ bilaban", i.e., rice with milk, which is what you can buy in little stores all over the place):

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.

Comments:

Hmm.

Posted by sohbet on January 15, 2008 at 03:36 AM PST #

Hey! I was wondering when you'd pick the Arabic up again. Did you go with Qortoba Cairo this time, or a different school?

Posted by Lou Ruppert on January 15, 2008 at 04:14 AM PST #

I like the bubble smoke, breath out deeply and smoke....

Arabic is the most difficult I've learned, even more than Chinese

Posted by Ivan on January 15, 2008 at 03:22 PM PST #

You can yse this internet free software to type and email notes in Arabic, Frasi, Urdu, English and other 11 languages without the need to install any software on your mahcine.

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Posted by Mahmoud Elsayess on February 09, 2008 at 03:19 AM PST #

..and here is a much better way to type in Arabic on an English keyboard... just type in English letters and it will convert them automatically to Arabic as you type :)

http://www.yamli.com/editor/

Posted by guest on May 25, 2008 at 09:07 AM PDT #

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