1 Saturday, September 21, 2019 1:00 p.m – 4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kifah Abdulla
Price: $60 (Please note: there is no discount on workshops)
Do you know that more than 280 million people speak Arabic as their native language around the world? And do you realize how cool it is for a Westerner to speak a language that so few people speak in our part of the world?
From its beautiful calligraphy and intriguing sounds to understanding Islam, visiting the many countries where Arabic is spoken or simply reading 1001 Nights in the original version, the reasons for wanting to know a bit more about the Arabic language abound.
But the task may appear daunting and you may want to have a bit more information before you decide to commit – or not – more time and resources to learning the language.
If you find yourself in this situation or simply want to learn the very basics of Arabic, this workshop might be for you!
We propose to give you a sufficient understanding of how the language works and sounds to satisfy your curiosity and at the same time whet your appetite! In broad strokes, we will paint an overview of the countries that use the Arabic language, discuss how the language evolved and traveled, and shed some light on the mysteries of Modern Standard Arabic and the various Arabic dialects.
Among other takeaways, you will go home with a few fundamental skills in Arabic calligraphy, the basics of the Arabic alphabet, and some conversation starters (hello, how are you, what’s your name, etc.) for a first encounter with an Arabic speaker. And we might even treat you to a more tangible taste of some of the cultures the language embodies…
Who knows… you might decide to sign up for a weekly class after all!