“For me personally, I believe the diglossia of Arabic, and the vastness of the vocabulary to be the real barrier for most students.” “It is also a language for which traditional methods of study fail to apply. You cannot just go out and speak the language you learn, no one speaks classical Arabic, and conversely you cannot go read a book to expand your vocabulary of colloquial Arabic in context, no one writes in colloquial Arabic.” “My relationship to Arabic, like that of every student, is bi-polar and volatile. One week you will feel on top of the world because you fully understood an article or had a great conversation with some friends of yours from Tunisia, and the next week Arabic crushes you and makes you feel like complete idiot with no future. “


Daniel Joseph CARROLL, USA

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