Sunday, April 25, 2010

Arabic 3, Quran 1—look out world, here I come!

I started my Arabic 3 class today, which will also have a Quran 1 (reading) class attached to it starting in week 5.

This is like, a major accomplishment for me because these classes are only 10 weeks long each and it's taken me almost two years to get to Arabic 3. I took a session off for Ramadan and other things, then my dad got sick and I missed so many of level 2 that I repeated it last time.

If you know me, you know that I am extremely busy (even if you don't know me, you must have guessed by my posting infrequency) and really don't have time for a weekly three-hour class. However, this blog is all about motivation, so I'm going to list all of the reasons why I want to keep going so that I don't flake out on any more sessions (I don't count helping my dad as flaking out FYI):
  1. I want to read Quran and understand the real meaning—not just the English translation, which is not technically the Quran.
  2. I work for or serve on the board of three Muslim organizations. Since Muslims come from all over the world, the only common language you can usually count on is Arabic. If I am fluent, I will be able to talk to a lot more people, especially East Africans, in my work.
  3. The language is beautiful in the way it sounds, the way it looks, and in its complexity/simplicity—I can't really explain, but I love Arabic.
  4. I am always starting things and not finishing them. I am sick of being the one who gets all excited, spreads that excitement around, and then ends up slowly backing out because I can't handle it/am lazy/lose steam.
I'll start posting about my progress here from time to time, but for now, take my word for it that I know the alphabet and vowels/writing rules, can read words and sentences, and am slowly adding grammar and vocabulary.


  1. Eeeeeeeeeeeee that's so exciting!! Dang work, I'm going to quit just to attend the classes on Sundays. I'm telling you! I'm so excited to hear more about your progress.

  2. MashaAllah, this is great progress! InshaAllah we can all keep moving forward and making the commitment with our time! It is all about priorities!