Arabians learn Arabian with the speed of summer lightning

I am fascinated by the idea that the words for beautiful (جميل, jameel) and sentence (جملة, jumla) come from the same root in Arabic. Beautiful sentence! This is especially confusing to me because when I hear جملة I keep translating it into French in my head, and I wonder why the topic of jumelles (twins and/or binoculars) keeps coming up in class.

Alas, my progress this semester has not been up to the standards of previous semesters. I think that part of this is due to the content: It's a lot easier to make progress when you're starting from nothing. It's easier to look impressive when you start with nothing and can suddenly use new letters and words. It's less impressive when you go from one-clause sentences to two-clause sentences and start using pronouns.

I think it's also due to the structure of the class. I work a lot better (and I think languages, in general are easy to learn) when I have class every day (or Monday-Thursday as it was last year). This year it's Monday-Wednesday-Friday, which gives me more opportunities to slack off in between class sessions and save my homework till the last minute.

And finally it's due to my lack of motivation, which mostly comes from the previous two AND the fact that I am not taking the class for credit this year. Last year, for some reason, I was taking it for credit that I was never going to use, and paying hundreds of dollars to do so. Now that I'm auditing, I don't have as many impressive things to show off, I'm not working as hard and I have no financial pressure to succeed, so there isn't much motivating me to study.

The end of the semester looms frighteningly near. Classes are over next Friday, then I suppose it's on to Arabic 202 (if I pass!).

srah - Wednesday, 28 November 2007 - 10:37 PM
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Comments (4)

gravatar alfie - November 28, 2007 - 11:53 PM -

My Fair Lady.

gravatar Aunt Pat - November 29, 2007 - 12:14 PM -

I knew that.

gravatar katie - November 30, 2007 - 5:11 PM -

I audited a class one year when I worked at UVM, but the professor tried to make me take the exams, so I dropped it. I just wanted to listen to the lectures!

gravatar Ralph - December 6, 2007 - 12:07 AM -

Hmm. My favorite word duality has always been "gift" in Swedish. The notion of that "marriage" is "poison" is kind of entertaining.

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