I survived ‘Survival Arabic’. You heard me right. Darryl and I made it through. It wasn’t always easy but I learned so much in 12 weeks. I know all of the Arabic alphabet and can write it and I can recite many general phrases. When people are speaking I can pick out some words and get a gist of what they’re talking about. I can greet you and say goodbye. I can tell my students directions and they understand. I can read signs even if I don’t know what the words mean. I can tell you what I’m doing and describe some things. So, yes it was well worth the money and I’m glad I took the course at TII because several people took Arabic in other places and still wound up in the same class as me with the same struggles.
We are considering signing up for the next level but not right away. After working all day, the last thing I want to do is go back into a school. Maybe next year. I feel like it would be such a waste to stop now with very limited comprehension of the language. I’m inspired to learn more so that I can hold a conversation and improve in my ability to read it with confidence. I know that learning the language will make me more marketable especially over here.