Arabic: Kicking my Butt, Rachel: Kicking Back

Posted: July 1, 2011 in Arabic, Arabic, Language, Lebanon
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This week I’ve started taking Arabic classes at Saifi Institute in Gemmayze.  It’s about a 20 minute ride from Middle East University and normally this would be a small issue, but given the public transportation system, or the lack thereof, it’s a bit more complicated.  There isn’t a traditional public transportation system, but there is a system.  My options are a bus, which I could catch after getting “down the hill” or a series of “service” (pronounced ser-vees) taxis.  The services are on a fixed route, they stop if they see you walking and ask where you’re going.  If you’re headed in the same direction as they are, they’ll pick you up and take you to the farthest point they can on their route for a mere 2,000 LL or $1.50.  If you haven’t reached your destination, well, find another service!

Since my Arabic skills are still being developed and I don’t have the patience of a saint, I’ve been taking regular taxis, making my transportation costs about the same as my tuition costs.  Nonetheless, given what I’ve been learning, it’s worth it so far.

At the school, I was placed in level 2.5, however my listening comprension prevented me from being very comfortable in the class, so the teacher encouraged me to move to level 1.  While there, I felt as though the challenge was gone, and I’m all for the challenge.  Challenge and competition are my fuels, they drive and motivate me.  So now I’m struggling in level 2.5 again.  It’s kicking my butt, but dangnabit, I’m kicking back!!

Exercise from Chapter 1

Teacher from my Level 1 class

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Comments
  1. Sasha says:

    Yes!!!! Now u can speak to Aisha!! Lol jk (being ignorant). Awesome!! Is the teacher hot????? It looks like it 🙂 #motivation lol

    • sandpail says:

      haha! no not hot. my teacher’s a woman….oh! i remember the pic i have up. that was from a different class. i moved out of his class to another one…but i can see how a hot teacher would be a great motivation!

  2. Thank goodness some bloggers can write. Thank you for this read

  3. This surely makes perfect sense..

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