March 7, 2013
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.)
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.
I'll have to think about it. I'll try to know by Saturday.
Hi. My name is Paula.