I jokingly say that I am in the top 10% of the bottom half of my Arabic class and that might be an overstatement. Maybe I should try writing entries in Arabic again, but I am so self conscious about my writing. I took the placement exam and according to that, I am supposed to be in the intermediate class. After one session I realized that that was not where I needed to be and have been in the advanced class since then.
The trouble is I am the only person in there who didn’t place in, granted I am also the only person in there who hadn’t studied Arabic for a whole year beforehand, but still. Alhamdullilah I am understanding what is going on in class, i.e. following the lectures and conversations, but there are a lot of words that I have forgotten and or/have been using incorrectly…
و فوق ذلك كله فهناك كلمات كثيرة لا اعرفها
Sometimes I wonder if I am the only one who isn’t try to play it up like I know what’s going on all the time… oh well. Case in point, today in class, we had to work with a partner to analyze this piece of poetry. Well I didn’t understand any of the words from the first question, my partner, who happens to be a Spaniard, even translated the directions for me into Spanish and I was still giving him a blank look… … oh well, InshAِِِllah this will pass.
It’s just frustrating that it’s hard to speak Arabic outside of class. This is the one thing I miss about the Middlebury program, we were forced to get our Arabic on!…lol… Here it’s like no one speaks Arabic… even when you address people in Arabic, they answer in English. Argh!
This too shall pass. I am still hoping to really develop/improve over the course of the year, I guess I just have to be more forceful about speaking Arabic to people.