19 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'arabic':


WHO wants to be a person who is my VALENTINE?

Step 1: Plan to do Arabic homework (making a Valentine's Day card in Arabic) on Monday, leaving Tuesday open for other things. Step 2: Do not do Arabic homework on Monday. Step 3: Plan to do Arabic homework on Tuesday. Step 4: Do not do Arabic homework on Tuesday. Step 5: Dream, on Tuesday night, that you have come to class on Wednesday morning without having done your homework, and that you are trying - very badly - to fake it and are miserable and embarrassed. Still within the dream, come up with a brilliant idea for a Valentine that...

srah - Wednesday, 13 February 2008 - 6:42 PM
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It's the opposite of watermelon

"You know, the root of the word Miller is a Greek word. Miller come from the Greek word 'milo,' which is mean 'apple,' so there you go. As many of you know, our name, Portokalos, is come from the Greek word 'portokali,' which mean 'orange.' So, okay? Here tonight, we have, ah, apple and orange. We all different, but in the end, we all fruit."- My Big Fat Greek Wedding We have, partway through the fourth semester of Arabic, finally begun learning vocabulary about things like colors and clothing and foods. This comes after our exciting chapters with themes like...

srah - Monday, 11 February 2008 - 11:02 PM
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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....

srah - Wednesday, 28 November 2007 - 10:37 PM
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The Sea of Holes

I have been struggling with my Arabic ever since classes started in the middle of August. It's like all of the vocabulary from my first year is floating around in my head, but I lost all of the connections over the summer. I will think of an Arabic word but it won't be connected to the meaning in English or the Arabic spelling. Or I'll remember how to spell a word, but not how to pronounce it or what it means. Or I will know that I should know how to say something in Arabic - that we learned it...

srah - Wednesday, 12 September 2007 - 9:38 PM
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O how the mighty have fallen! (yom al-thulatha)

Here is how much Arabic I've forgotten in the... oh, two months or so since the end of the semester: I sat down to write something in Arabic and realized that not only could I not think of how to write any Arabic phrases, I couldn't remember how to say them either. So I went to get my Arabic textbook. I couldn't find said Arabic textbook. Finally I remembered that it was in the bookcase in my "office" so I went and grabbed it. I opened it up and realized that I should consult my notebook as well. So I...

srah - Tuesday, 26 June 2007 - 10:54 PM
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Al-imtihan! (Or some such transliteration)

I had my Arabic exam at 7:30 this morning. Who schedules an exam at 7:30am? I don't even have to be at work until 8am. So I didn't sleep well last night - not because I was worried about the exam itself¹, but because I was worried that I would roll over and go back to sleep when my alarm went off. I ended up getting out of bed a half hour before my alarm went off, because I didn't seem to be able to get back to sleep without worrying about that. Then I took some Advil Cold &...

srah - Monday, 30 April 2007 - 12:40 PM
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La aref!

I haven't written anything in Arabic for a while. I am sort of unmotivated. My tutor/student worker suggested that if I'm not feeling challenged, I could ask the teacher for some extra work. Ha ha! No. I am too lazy for that. Instead I will challenge myself by leaving my homework until the very last moment (frequently the morning before I go to work, sometimes later) and end up trying to do the exercise a couple of answers ahead as we go along in class to see if I can get away with it. Often I do. Anyway, I'm still...

srah - Monday, 9 April 2007 - 7:49 PM
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And I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform sort of spell in Arabic

You may be proud to know that I currently have a 4.0 GPA, for the first time... maybe ever. I don't know if I even had a 4.0 after one semester of high school, because I think I took a gym class that semester....

srah - Thursday, 21 December 2006 - 12:02 PM
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No, wait, I live for math

I had my Arabic final exam this morning at 7:30. 7:30? It was still dark out! It was like going to an exam in the middle of the night! I start work at 8am, but that half-hour was enough to make a huge difference in my mental state. And that mental state was: Huh? First of all, I thought it would be really clever not to take my normal class bag with me today, because I wouldn't need books or anything. The load was much lighter, but it didn't speed me up any, because I misjudged where the exam building...

srah - Monday, 11 December 2006 - 10:00 PM
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Sarah wa'sinjab

I have not done an update on my Arabic progress in a long time. It is not because I don't love you or because I don't love Arabic (though it does get harder and harder to catch up every time I go out of town and have to miss class). It is because with increased complexity comes increased difficulty in looking up all those danged letters. I can barely spell as it is, but doing so online means that I have to write a word out as باب to make it look like باب. And that's only a three-letter word....

srah - Monday, 20 November 2006 - 6:50 PM
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Yankee go home!

In my Arabic class right now we are working on how to say "I am from ___" and "Where are you from?" We started out going around the room and saying "أنا من Ann Arbor", etc., but now that we're learning how to say and spell the names of places in Arabic (including the ever useful ويتشتا, or Wichita), we have all been assigned a country and city that we are to pretend to be from, from now on. And where am I from? Mouse over for the translation! أنا من بغداد في العراق...

srah - Tuesday, 26 September 2006 - 5:27 PM
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I think I am right in saying that there is only one here who will understand this stupid joke

Where does an Arab pirate live when he's not sailing the high seas? داررررررر! Where does a French pirate live when he's not sailing the high seas? Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrles! And for all of you English-speakers, who's a pirate's favorite elephant? Babarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!...

srah - Tuesday, 19 September 2006 - 6:39 AM
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Now for the tea of our host!

Today I learned a word that will increase my survival-potential significantly if I am ever plonked down in an Arabophone country: شاي (tea) All I need to learn now is "please" and "thank you" and I'll be all set to get on a plane and go!...

srah - Monday, 18 September 2006 - 12:29 PM
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The pen is mightier

The latest news from my Arabic class is that I got my HIGHEST STEPCOUNT DAY EVER yesterday. Wait, no, that's not related. But I did. The latest news from my Arabic class is that I have a crush on the "calligraphy professor" who lives in our textbook's accompanying DVDs. He's a scholarly, bespectacled type, who knows how to wield a pen. Ah, how I love a man with stylish writing implements! Yes, I am insane. As we learn to connect more letters, I am learning more and more words that can be made out of those letters. So now I...

srah - Thursday, 14 September 2006 - 12:43 PM
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Me write pretty one day

An update of my ongoing progress in Arabic class: We are learning spoken greetings and progressing well with learning the written alphabet, and soon we will start putting the letters together into words and changing their shapes as we do so. We are starting with the six "one-way connecting letters", which don't connect to each other at all - they just sit next to each other and don't change shape. As a result, I can now put those letters together in the following exciting words: راد (house) داو (valley) راز (visit) دود (worms) Come راز my راد in the داو!...

srah - Tuesday, 29 August 2006 - 12:17 PM
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!sت gnipyt m'I

I started my Arabic class on Tuesday and tonight's homework is to practice writing the alphabet, copying each letter over and over again for two lines. For the life of me I cannot write ت without making it look like I'm drawing lines and lines of happy faces. It's the "teh" sound! And it's happy teh see you! Teh heh heh!...

srah - Wednesday, 23 August 2006 - 6:42 PM
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Aux langues, les citoyens!

Je pense que je vous ai dit que je vais commencer à étudier l'arabe en automne. J'ai déjà rencontré le prof; il paraît très sympa et ça m'interesse beaucoup d'étudier le Moyen-Orient et le monde arabophone¹ et de mieux comprendre ces cultures-là. Mais c'est la langue qui me fait peur! Tout le monde m'a dit que l'arabe est très très très difficile et qu'il va me falloir dix ans pour le parler couramment. Ah bon? Il m'a fallu à peu près neuf ans pour parler couramment le français (une langue qui est beaucoup plus proche de l'anglais), alors je suppose...

srah - Tuesday, 25 July 2006 - 7:14 PM
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Jeudi

J'ai passé toute la journée à regarder les nouvelles de Londres à la télé (même s'il n'y avait pas vraiment de nouvelles, parce que rien n'a changé depuis le matin londonien!) et le résultat, c'est que j'ai oublié d'écrire l'article de jeudi. Alors le voilà, très tôt vendredi matin. Comme j'ai dit hier, je suis allée à la bibliothèque pour chercher un dictionnaire espagnol-anglais. Ce que je n'ai pas dit, c'est lorsque j'étais là, devant les livres et les cassettes de langues étrangères, j'ai pris le décision d'étudier une autre langue. J'ai tenté d'apprendre des langues plusieurs fois dans ma...

srah - Friday, 8 July 2005 - 12:11 AM
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The French and Spanish words for peanut

The French and Spanish words for peanut are both "cacahuete" but pronounced differently. In Cuba, they also say "mani", which comes from Arabic. Stephanie says that in Spanish, the sounds "al" (as in Alvarez) and "guad" (as in Guadalajara) originally come from Arabic, too. Historically, it makes sense that Arabic would have affected Spanish, but it never would have occurred to me. I love words....

srah - Friday, 21 December 2001 - 1:54 PM
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