July 07, 2004

Arabic class

Just thought I'd update everyone on my attempt to learn Arabic. Basically I got about as far as I could on my own, listening to the tapes and writing the lessons in the book, and it was starting to get hard without anyone to speak to (and learn vocabulary from).

So last night I started Arabic classes at NYU. I've got two hour-and-fifty-minute classes a week for the next six weeks. I'm a bit ahead of the rest of the class in writing, since I've practiced a bit, but I'm already learning a lot from the speaking and listening exercises.

Hopefully, someday I'll be able to read al-Jazeera in Arabic.

Posted by richard at July 7, 2004 04:22 PM

It would also be cool to hear what Arafat says in English and what he says in Arabaic. I actually thought about taking Arabic a year ago, but wimped out and took Spanish instead . . .

Posted by: Mike F. at July 7, 2004 08:25 PM