Wednesday, December 31, 2008

كل عام و انتم بخير


The test came and went. Christmas came and went.


No one back home asked for an impromptu demonstration of my Arabic skills, which was kind of them. I start new training on Monday. It will be a relief to talk about think about dream about... something else.


يا ترى هل هناك خبز الزنجبيل في الاردن؟

Thursday, December 04, 2008

بادرة سيّءة

Today during break I happened upon one of the Japanese teachers in the hallway. Unwisely opening my mouth, this phrase came out:

"先生、wie geht's?"

She wasn't quite sure what to make of this. And frankly, neither was I. It was as if I'd given birth to something two-headed and unholy right there in the FSI corridor. German? Honestly?

I've got less than two weeks until my final Arabic exam, so here's hoping this works itself out.