Study Arabic Abroad–GoOverseas.com Guide

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Earlier this month, I wrote a piece for GoOverseas.comThe Guide to Studying Arabic Abroad. I’m linking to it here, with these additions:

1. Look at that map! Wouldn’t it be so cool to study in Somalia? One day Inshallah. For now, your options are pretty much: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Qatar and Oman. I recommend Jordan and Egypt, followed closely by Morocco (which I’ve never visited, but hear good things about–even they don’t speak real Arabic πŸ˜‰

2. The third paragraph of the introduction reads:

To become fluent in Arabic, you will have to learn the vernacular (“Amiyya”) and the written (“FusHa” or “MSA”). Depending on the degree of fluency you desire, this will require at least one year of dedicated, intensive study (20+ hours per week) in an immersion environment

What I failed to mention is that that year? Should come after 3 years of college-level Arabic. Then, by the end of it, you’ll be somewhere–and where exactly depends on where/in which program you study.

This is so key–so kay that one day I’ll make it its own post but for now will just be here: the hardest thing about Arabic is the investment. Arabic is enormous. You have to devote so much time to be good at it, and if you want to be good at both spoken AND FusHa? You have to be full-time dedicated to it for years. It’s awesome! It is also overwhelming and discouraging, if never boring πŸ™‚

3. You’re so lucky to have this guide, which includes a scholarship section! Man, when I started studying (2004), I didn’t know anything about how to study it. There were programs then–and way more now–but it was still new and I was fully ignorant. Guys, educate yourselves. Go do some research on programs and scholarships, go abroad and immerse yourself in the language. It’s the funnest way to do it. It’s also, really, the only way to do it πŸ™‚

(I mean, right? Are there other ways I don’t know about? Does DLI send its students abroad?) (I mean, uh, other than to deploy them.)

Next week, Inshallah, we’ll have the guide to studying in the Middle East. Stay tuned!

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