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My adventures learning learning Arabic (العربية)

I starting learning Arabic in 2001 partly because it is a major world language with speakers in many countries, some of which I would like to visit; partly as a challenge, and partly because knowing it would be useful when building Arabic websites.

After investigating the Arabic language courses available at that time, I chose Mastering Arabic, which teaches you Modern Standard Arabic, the lingua franca of the Arabic-speaking world. Before embarking on my first trip to an Arabic-speaking country, Morocco, in December 2001, I managed to work my way through the first ten lessons of Mastering Arabic, which covered pronunciation, the writing system, a few words and a bit of grammar. Unfortunately this wasn't sufficient to hold even a basic conversation in Arabic. This wasn't a problem though as many people in Morocco speak French so I was able to converse with them in that language.

After returing from my adventures in Morocco, my Arabic studies were put on hold and I started learning Italian instead in preparation for a trip to Sicily.

I plan to learn more Arabic in the not too distant future - probably in 2007. I will be learning Egyptian Colloquial Arabic with Pimsleur Egyptian Arabic and Colloquial Arabic of Egypt, and plan to visit Egypt at some point as well. Once I've got a reasonable command of Egyptian Arabic, I may have another go a Modern Standard Arabic.

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Other languages I've studied

Welsh, French, German, Italian, Icelandic, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Korean, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Esperanto, Hungarian, Turkish, Arabic, Czech, Irish (Gaelic), Latin, Manx (Gaelic), Russian, Urdu, British Sign Language (BSL), Hindi, Breton

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