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The Return of Uncle Saleh's Arabic Conversations!

  • Mar 4, 2012 · 5:00 PM
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Our dear Saleh is interested in making a comeback to Yalla Arabi to lead some Arabic language meet-ups since there is a bit of popular demand for his return!

We are finally getting together again for a dose of Saleh's anecdotes, knowledge and comical wisdom! Let's show him how much we appreciate his return with a lot of YES RSVPs! He would be SO very tickled.

If you've *never* met my octogenarian uncle Saleh, he is our resident sage with a wealth of information about the Arabic language. He uses conversational stories that he writes himself and takes learners through various practical, real-world scenarios. He provides Arabic dialogue so that the learners can practice speaking, as well as some Arabic writing for the more advanced students. Pick up some new vocabulary and EXPECT at least ONE good hearty laugh!


Saleh has formally taught both Arabic and English courses. He has a deep grammatical understanding of both Arabic Fus-hah and Levantine Amiyah, so come with questions.

Since most of our members live in the immediate Bay Area, Saleh, who lives in Walnut Creek, is willing to come to Berkeley or Oakland to make it easier for the attendees. We are scheduling the meetup a little earlier than usual to allow him time to drive back to his home before it gets too late (we've often stayed until past midnight at his house!). 

***UPDATE: We found a host home for our meeting. The address will be emailed the morning of the event Sunday March 4th. It's five walkable blocks from the Ashby BART station in South Berkeley.***

Let's make this a POTLUCK celebration! Bring whatever you like! We can discuss details on the event's message board if anyone has questions.

THANK YOU everyone..

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    hello. is this meetup good for absolute pre-beginners?

    August 9, 2013

    • Faiza

      Hi Kitty...you're posting to the March 4th event, but this event repeats monthly, so no big deal. We accommodate all levels of language experience. You may find it challenging as an absolute pre-beginner, but you will definitely learn something. Bring a pen! I will ask Uncle Saleh to bring back the transliteration on the handouts and keep it ongoing.

      August 9, 2013

  • Paul

    I especially liked the handout to refer to later. Many thanks to Uncle Saleh!

    March 5, 2012

  • Faiza

    I will give my Uncle all the feedback! Thanks everyone...our interest level keeps him interested in teaching us...

    March 5, 2012

  • Faiza

    I looked at Dry-Erase boards and they are NOT cheap on Office Depot website! I need to physically go into Michaels since they didn't list prices online.They also seem to have thin flimsy boards but probably not a good idea. Need to shop around. Craigslist didn't have any freebies! I looked! LOL!

    March 5, 2012

  • Faiza

    Yes, he totally agrees to do this once a month-He just wants to see people show up in numbers..Last night was GREAT! He included the Romanized versions on most sentences that he wrote... I think he just ran outta room on the paper or forgot in the cases where that was missing.

    March 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was absolutely worthwhile as it seemed everyone was engaged with the event. I look forward to the next meeting. Many thanks to your uncle for his generosity of time and knowledge.

    March 5, 2012

  • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

    Faiza, please tell your Uncle Saleh that we appreciate him taking the time to teach us! He's a sweetheart-just like the rest of your family! Bring your sister and her kids next time!

    March 5, 2012

  • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

    I love the idea of breaking into groups based on levels too. That maxiizes learning . Those who can read and write can learn more advanced words/phrases and those who are just learning, can learn at their level.

    March 5, 2012

  • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

    Also, it was so nice to Uncle Saleh to go to the trouble of creating handouts. This is just a suggestion but it would br nice if every Arabic word/phrase had the Romanization for those who can speak Arabic but don't know how to read it. Also, some can read Arabic, but can't read riq'a (handwriting). Nornally, I wouldn't recommend this but we have various levels of Arabic ability and want to accomodate all.

    March 5, 2012

  • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

    Faiza, I love your Uncle Saleh! I think we totally bonded! LOL! I had a great time and I learned some new words and phrases. The food was really yummy too--I especially loved Moni's brownies and Stephanie's fet/pepper dip with the Yemeni bread!

    I think it's a great idea to do this once a month if Uncle Saleh agrees. I think it might help if Uncle Saleh wrote a on white board, as Gloria suggested to make it easier for everyone to see.

    March 5, 2012

  • Faiza

    Due to the good turnout and this fact very much thrilling my Uncle, we will continue to meet about once a month with him as we have in the past. Let's keep the attendance UP so we can fully take advantage of ALL the language skills he has to offer-PLUS, as you discovered, he's a bit of a character so the evening is usually pretty fun!

    March 5, 2012

  • Faiza

    Uncle Saleh was really pleased with the turnout and the level of Arabic last night. Again, all levels are welcome. We can break up into smaller groups and accommodate varying skill levels.

    March 5, 2012

  • Faiza

    A lot of learning happened last night. Great turnout and good fun! Yes, we can definitely have more conversation as well....we may have to break up into smaller groups. It's doable. Thanks for your thoughts.

    March 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for hosting this event! Uncle Saleh was delightful.

    March 5, 2012

  • Lesley

    If people have enough background, maybe we could work on more conversation too

    March 5, 2012

  • Faiza

    Sorry I forgot to email the address this morning...just got back to the computer...I just emailed the people who rsvp'd YES...see you all soon...I'm excited about the large turnout..Thank you!

    March 4, 2012

  • Stephanie

    I didn't see the address get sent out yet- it's my house but I didn't want to post my address on the internet. Faiza usually is great about spending it out but in case for some reason it doesn't go out in time for planning, you can send me an email at stephanie at incultureparent.com and I will send it to you!

    March 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have not received the email with the address. please send. thank you.

    March 4, 2012

  • Lesley

    Has someone emailed the address yet? I am hoping to attend, glad it's in the East Bay!

    March 4, 2012

  • Faiza

    Thanks Paul! It'll be great to see you again. I just confirmed with my Uncle for tmrw and he's happy you're making a comeback too! He's happy to lead once a month in Berkeley/Oakland if people continue to show interest!!

    March 3, 2012

  • Farah Jahan Siddiqui B.

    Awesome! It looks like between the Yalla Arabi members and the members of the SF Arabic Language group, there should be a good turnout, insha'Allah!

    March 2, 2012

  • Faiza

    ***UPDATE: We found a host home for our meeting. The address will be emailed the morning of the event Sunday March 4th. It's five walkable blocks from the Ashby BART station in South Berkeley.***

    February 15, 2012

  • Faiza

    Chris, oh yes, somewhere in the *middle* of octogenarian and nonagenarian! Alhamd-lil-Allah!

    February 15, 2012

  • Faiza

    Oh, Juliet, thanks for the message. Sorry we will miss you! I hope there will be many more Uncle Saleh lessons too! As long as people are interested he is happy to teach and share. He likes to see people show up in numbers with an interest in learning, so as long as we keep the rsvp #'s UP, he is a sure thing.

    February 15, 2012

  • July

    I'm so sad that I will be out of town! I hope there are many, many more Uncle Saleh lessons to come.

    February 15, 2012

  • Faiza

    Awww. thank you...looking forward to it very much! I hope we get a huge reunion turnout and everyone has a great time and learns a lot!

    February 14, 2012

  • Stephanie

    Nope, we're in the same place and probably will be for at least a year so our kids get into the same school district. It's been too long so we would love to do something with the group! Plus I LOVE your uncle.

    February 14, 2012

  • Faiza

    Yes, I think that would be great! Thank you...Be nice to have a double re-union at your house. Everyone always had a great time with your family hosting. Is it the same place or did you move as planned?

    February 14, 2012

  • Stephanie

    Faiza, we could host it if you think our house has enough space! We couldn't all sit around a table but on the couch with chairs I think 15 would be fine.

    February 14, 2012

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