So I was catching up on some episodes of NCIS Los Angeles (is there any one more dreamy than LLCool J?— plus his character speaks Arabic! loving it!)
and there was a two-episode arc where… well no need to explain the entire plot, but suffice it to say LLCool J’s character goes undercover to Yemen to unravel an al-qaeda like terrorist group. And you know what? I recognized almost immediately that the characters were not Yemeni from the Arabic they spoke!
Syrian Arabic class is actually teaching me something!!!!!!!! I just sat there going, wait a minute…. Yemenis don’t say this … and they don’t say that… these people are Levantine!
and To boot in order to beef up my Spanish skills I watched a program called 21 days living like a Muslim and I missed the fact that the first family that the reporter lived with was from Syria. but I heard one of the sisters pronounce a name in a a very Levantine way which cause me to exclaim… ain’t no way they are Moroccan!…lol
Realizations like these are always cool because I feel like my cultural acumen is increasing… things that would have gone over my head before are now glaringly apparent to me. .. That’s progress, right? eh.