Monthly ArchivesSeptember 2017

Best Practices in Arabic Comprehension image

by Jozeca Lathrop Learning to read is an important part of learning language within a literate society. Just like children learn to understand and speak before they learn to read, as language learners we want our communication ability to lead our reading and writing ability. Arabic literacy presents unique challenges. The script is very different from Roman script in shape and direction, letters that look similar have completely different sounds, letters change shape based on location in the word, and dots fall above and below the text line. Apart from that, vowel markings that impact pronunciation, meaning, and grammatical function are rarely written. The challenges associated with the script are minimal in comparison to Arabic’s diglossia, the use of two ...

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Undershirts and Tuna: 5 Behaviors Foreigners Should Avoid in Jordan image

Do you ever wish someone would just tell you directly if you’ve embarrassed or offended them? In Jordan, you will rarely find that someone. Chances are, they will discuss our behaviors with others, but most would rather not share with you directly if something you have done is considered disrespectful or socially unacceptable. As a foreigner who has lived in Jordan nearly a decade, I now know that there have been dozens of times my knowledge of local culture was inadequate and, consequently, I did not behave in culturally appropriate ways.  It wasn’t out of malice, but rather lack of awareness on my part. Working in an intercultural development center that emphasises cultural awareness as an essential aspect of language ...

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Shababeek is the best place to learn Arabic! I planned to travel to Jordan to learn Arabic and a friend told me to get in touch with Shababeek. I am so glad I did!  They told me about the method used, which is called GPA. I had never heard of it, but I trusted the team.  I think it is one of the best choice I’ve ever made in my life! After just 4 weeks of sessions, I learned to understand and speak Arabic so that I was able to have a 5 minutes conversation with a taxi driver, understanding each question and answering with whole sentences. The progress is barely believable! A native Arabic speaking nurturer, dinnerware set, toys, ...

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