We met with Kristín Halla Helgadóttir, from Iceland. Kristín is a PG Arabic alumni studying for MSc Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic at the University of Edinburgh. In an interview with Kristín, we asked her the following questions:

Tell us about yourself

My name is Kristín Halla and I am from the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík. I studied Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of Iceland and graduated in 2018. I am now doing an MSc in Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic and will graduate in 2021.

What made you decide to study the Arabic language and culture?  What & who inspired you?  What were your motivations?

As a part of my Linguistics study in Iceland I had the chance to take two Arabic language courses. I have always been very interested in the Arab World but through studying the Arabic language, I developed an even greater interest. I then decided that the topic of my Bachelor thesis would be the status of Arabic in the Arabic language community, both its current status as well as its status in the course of history. I think Arabic is beautiful and very interesting but I also see it as a way of gaining a deeper understanding of the Middle East. Also, there aren’t many Icelanders who speak Arabic but the Arab community in Iceland is growing very fast. I hope that in the future I can be of help to Arabic speakers adapting to a new life in Iceland.

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