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انا فرحا

I am so excited. I got my acceptance to the Arabic class. The Islamic Society of Wichita as part of their community outreach program, is offering free classes in Arabic. It is be held one of the 2 mosques here in Wichita. It is on Sunday for 16 weeks. When I called to find out about it I asked if it was just conversation or what type of class it was. The instructor told me that it is really a class to learn how to read and write Arabic. He said that as a result vocabulary and conversation will be picked up during the course. My personal guess is that this lesson on how to read the Koran. I guess that my love for interesting languages over rides my dislike of mass indoctrinating religion. If the local Catholic church was offering free class in Latin I might be inclined to take it in order to pick up the basics of sentence structure.

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madknits
Apr. 26th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
I had a semester of Arabic. Tough language. Hope you enjoy it, masha'llah.
kumazuki
Apr. 26th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Allahkem salam, I have studied a bit on my own. I am really looking forward to it. It can't be nearly as tough as Irish Gaelic.
madknits
Apr. 26th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
I never studied Irish. I did study Welsh, and that was bad enough. I had three years of classical Hebrew and thought it would help me in Arabic. I was wrong.

rafdfw
Apr. 26th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
That is really cool. I wonder if the mosques in my area are offering something similar.
bigbear1963
Apr. 26th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Most Masjid's Offer Arabic
Most Masjids and / or Islamic Centers do offer courses in Arabic. If you want to find out, go to http://www.islamicfinder.org/ and type in your zip code, which will give you listings with contact info on Islamic centers in your area. They will also list activities, which may include arabic/islamic studies. For example if you go to http://www.iatc.org/ [ Islamic Association Of Tarrant County ] you will find that they have listed arabic/islamic studies on Sunday's Activities. You would just need to contact them and see about joining the class, or just show up on Sunday and ask. Most courses are ongoing so you could probably join in right away.
rafdfw
Apr. 26th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Most Masjid's Offer Arabic
Thanks, I appreciate that. I've wanted to pick up another language for some time.
kumazuki
Apr. 26th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Most Masjid's Offer Arabic
Cool info. I will have to keep that in mind. Thanks.
oskaar
Apr. 26th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
Silly boy, Latin conjugates EVERYTHING so you don't have to worry about awful things like "word order" =)
kauko
Apr. 26th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Not true, Latin only conjugates verbs, silly :P
oskaar
Apr. 26th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ok, sorry, inflects everything. Yeesh.\
This is why I'm a syntactician and not a semantician.
kumazuki
Apr. 26th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
I think Russian, Finnish and Icelandic conjugate just about everything...
Japanese is so much easier!
bigbear1963
Apr. 26th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
RE: Silly Boy
Bahasa Melayu is wonderful. Just about everything is phonetic. There are dipthongs like 'ng', but apart from that, there are few conjugated words, (if any, I believe). I studied it, but when it comes to languages for me, it's "in one ear and out the other." I can't remember the vocabulary because I don't use it often enough. [sigh]
kauko
Apr. 26th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Silly Boy
I've read that Indonesian is considered the easiest language to learn.
bigbear1963
Apr. 27th, 2007 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: Silly Boy
Maybe. I thought the structure was simple enough. Simple works for me!!
kauko
Apr. 26th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
Every language has its difficulty I suppose, with Japanese you have to learn two different phonetic alphabets and thousands of kanji. I think the hardest part of Arabic will be learning to read it and pronounce it (based on my limited experience with it), Hebrew is so much easier than Arabic.
kauko
Apr. 26th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
that's better, heeheehee :)
bigbear1963
Apr. 26th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
barak allah feek
The real problem is that Arabic is just not offered in many colleges here, which is ridiculous since we have such interest in middle-eastern affairs. Or, rather, interest in blowing-up middle-eastern countries. Be that as it may, I doubt if you go to any faith-based organization you would not be subjected to their ideology. Not to worry, though. Muslims generally do the least in terms of indoctrinatory coercion. You will be studying the Koran, most likely, but that would be a good way for you to learn Arabic, because of the punctuation, which includes vowel sounds. In modern Arabic, the vowel sounds are understood, so they are usually absent. It would also be a good way to learn the Koran, which is often misquoted in order to boost advertising revenues on news programs and by political pontificators ( pun intended ).

Enjoy it!
kumazuki
Apr. 26th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
Re: barak allah feek
The vowels were always my sticking point. I understand the vowels in most diacrital languages, but languages like Arabic and Hebrew where the vowels are somthing that you only know if you already know them. WOW! Crazy.
bigbear1963
Apr. 26th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
Re: barak allah feek
In the Koran, the vowels are marked in there so you will know how to correctly pronounce the words. They appear above and below the writing as apostrophe, comma and circular shapes. When placed above they help the reader pronounce variations of vowels a e & i, and when placed below they usually sound like u. When used in combination they make ae & ei and below au, and eu, etc. You'll get the hang of it. My biggest problem, since I am a visual lerner, remains identifying lower-case letters within words. Because everything is written in script, naturally. It was that way for me when I was in grade school learning English as well. As a matter of fact, if we learned Arabic script to begin with, I probably wouldn't have had much trouble, since once you learn the method, you can pronounce any word correctly, no matter what language it comes from. Arabic is universal.
kauko
Apr. 26th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Re: barak allah feek
There's also the problem that Arabic has so many sounds that are alien to Western ears, making it hard to pronounce.
bigbear1963
Apr. 27th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
Re: barak allah feek
True. You have to dig deep to get some of those gutteral sounds.
kumazuki
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
Re: barak allah feek
I once heard a Jewish comedian say that you can't speak Hebrew (and Arabic for that matter) unless you can bring up a lot of phlegm, with all the guttural sounds... ha ha ha ha
kauko
Apr. 27th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
Re: barak allah feek
At least Hebrew only has 2 guttural letters (both pronounced the same) while Arabic has like 5 guttural letters all pronounced differently.
ex_earthmonk411
Apr. 26th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
that's amazing!
kumazuki
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
yeah! I am really psyced!
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