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Austin, TX

Member since:

March 7, 2013

What motivates you to learn Arabic?

I studied linguistics at U.T. Austin and picked Arabic for the non-Western lang. requirement because I loved the sound of it. Now I've continued with it to be able to communicate better with immigrants. (And I still love the sound of it.)

Which dialect(s) interest you? Are you also learning to read and write? (example: Egyptian, Levantine, Gulf, Tunisian) If you already speak Arabic, what dialect(s) do you know?

Whichever make it easier to communicate with the most people, I guess. Egyptian seems to be the most useful, not just because it's the language of media, but many immigrants make their way here with a few years' detour in Sudan, and that dialact (Khartoum, anyway) is similar to Egyptian. I took a year of Egyptian dialect at UT Austin and had one hour/day of Tunisian one summer in Tunis (along with 4 hours of fus.ha) I don't *know* any dialects, though! This is a tough language for me! But worth it.

What is your favourite word in Arabic?

I'll have to think about it. I'll try to know by Saturday.


Hi. My name is Paula.

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