When I first came to Shababeek I was very nervous about language learning. I figured the process would be discouraging and difficult. By the first orientation I realized that Shababeek and the GPA process was going to be quite different. These past 8 months of learning Arabic have been encouraging, fun, empowering and have opened doors to a new world. I could not have asked for a better language learning experience. On top of the incredible fact that I already can have basic conversations in Arabic, I feel Shababeek has also given me amazing friendships. The nurturers have been my brothers & sisters who continue gently bringing me further into their culture. I can say I love Arabic and never thought I would.