Although I study German, English, and Russian at Exeter, one of my favorite foreign languages is Arabic. I’ve taken some Arabic before and I got the opportunity to continue my Arabic studies through the Startalk Program in Annapolis, MD. Over the course of the month, I studied Arabic from 9-3 every day.
The program took field trips into DC so that we could visit the Islamic Center of DC, a Maronite Catholic Church, the Delegation of the PLO, and the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center. It was a great way to continue my Arabic studies without going abroad.
Arabic is read and written right to left, unlike English, and has 28 letters. A few words in Arabic that are useful are شكراً, pronounced shukran, which means thanks. And اهلاً ة سهلاً, ahlan wa sahlan, means hello. اسمي, ismee means my name is and مع ابسلامة, ma salama, means goodbye.
! مع ابسلامة