Status of My Language Learning

So I finished the book of Iraqi poetry a few days ago, and now I’m moved on to Easy Arabic Reader by M. Gaafar and J. Wightwick. It’s pretty good, but it’s obviously fus7a. I’ve decided to separate my fus7a and my amiyya notebooks. Namely, amiyya will be on WordPress, while fus7a will be in real notebooks. Amiyya will be more extensive, while fus7a will just be the occasional vocab word. For instance, most pages in this Arabic reader have one or two words I’d like to jot down.

As far as amiyya, I finished the 8-CD Pimsleur course on Levantine Arabic that I got from the Daniel Boone Regional Library. I could have continued Pimsleur’s Unit 1 by buying lessons 16-30 from their website, but I don’t expect they will be much of a challenge, so I decided to skip ahead. I have bought lessons 1-10 of Unit 3 (the final unit) and they’re definitely a good challenge.

For instance, there is على مهلي for “slowly” referring to myself, versus على مهلك for “slowly” referring to you. Pronunciation of the Damascene dialect is definitely getting more comfortable, but I ought to use HelloTalk more to supplement Pimsleur. Just because someone on HelloTalk seems cool, doesn’t mean I should spend a lot of time with them, if they are from Egypt or the Gulf or whatnot. I should probably be focusing on people from Jordan, Syria and Lebanon – they’re definitely out there.

Anyway, the main resources I’m relying on right now are as follows:

  1. Pimsleur Levantine Unit 3
  2. Easy Arabic Reader (I plan to finish in 4 days by reading 38 p. daily)
  3. Georgetown’s Syrian Colloquial Dictionary

Resources that have fallen by the wayside for now include

  1. Memrise (whoa, maybe I should bring it back – for fus7a only, this time)
  2. News podcasts
  3. Hans Wehr
  4. “Easy Fun Learn Arabic 1-6000” App
  5. Forvo
  6. Reverso
  7. iTalki
  8. ConversationExchange.com
  9. Reddit
  10. LangMedia (this was good, but it’s not interactive like Pimsleur)

There are some things distracting me lately, namely Javascript, Travis picking (legitimate distraction), stupid YouTube videos, and Borges. I might not finish this Borges book, after all. I don’t know. He seems weirdly inspiring when it comes to writing lyrics, in which case I want to stick with it. Should I stick with Javascript? Hm… I think it’s something I can re-enter later once I have a job. This week is not special when it comes to coding opportunities – it is special when it comes to songwriting opportunities.

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