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Impressive indeed, Amal. Now you made me feel like reading Dr. Al-Najjar's books.
I didn't know you taught Arabic for non-Arabic speakers, my husband is teaching himself Arabic with books and DVDs, doing well, but it could be so great if there was a way you could teach him through the internet! Maybe one day I'll try to learn Arabic too, although first I would like to learn some Mandarin. My other hobby besides running is languages.
Yes, learning Arabic is quite a feat!
I taught myself the alphabet a long time ago, when I was into calligraphy. And the basics of the language. They have a fascinating lexicon built on triads of consonants.
My husband is a crazy language buff: he speaks 5 languages and is learning his 6th!
Yes, I know the type (have one in my family.)
There is no cure for that disease :-)
Nope, all you can do is feed it.
amal, still in saudi arabia?? please be careful.
Thanks Amal, your story gives me Hope for humanity :)
I just finished reading "In My Father's Country: An Afghan Woman Defies Her Fate" by Saima Wahab. It's a wonderful book, though it seems that she's always been a fairly non-religious person, it was still interesting how she went back from Portland, OR to Afghanistan to be a civilian translator for the US Military, speaking Pashtun and being very familiar with tribal customs of the Pashtun people.
I wonder if you have had a chance to read this book, as it is very enlightening of the culture in many Muslim countries, besides just the Pashtun's of Afghanistan.
In the same type of book, I'm currently reading Infidel which is a very interesting real story of a country Muslim girl from Somalia who became a member of parliament in Holland and currently lives in the Washington DC area with a bodyguard. She is, of course, an atheist now, but she was an extremely devout Muslim when she was young.