At the beginning of June, I started my second month of Arabic lessons. You can read [here] why I decided to learn the local language. In my second month of classes, I progressed from vocabulary to making sentences. My tutor now expected me to converse with her and to answer questions, which she poses in Arabic, - you guessed it - in Arabic!
Above is a photo of students strolling through the gardens of the Khartoum (Bahri) university. As you can see, I am not in that group of students. Why? Because I am not attending university to study this difficult, yet musical and interesting language! (lol!) I am learning Arabic from my tutor who teaches me the the language as it is spoken and - most importantly - understood here in the Sudan.
At the same time as starting my second month of lessons, I decided to post an Arabic word daily on my blog. The reason for doing this is three-fold: a) to share the word with my readers, b) to imprint the word in my brain and c) to have fun! I am not doing it in order to look clever or to win a spelling Bee. When Sanna teaches me a word, I write it down in a full-scap book: phonetically. This way I remember the word and learn the correct pronunciation. I also remember words by using association. (Is there anyone else out there who does this?)
As some of my blogger friends in the Middle East have pointed out, words differ from country to country. I am grateful when they tell me what the word means in their part of the world. I also welcome it if Sudanese want to tell me if I have the word completely wrong. I'm not at all sensitive or arrogant; it's my desire to speak this language correctly. I will check each "difference" with my tutor and if I've been wrong, I will post the correct word.
So... I will continue to post my Arabic word for the day and apologize in advance to any scholars or learned Arabian readers who may think my words and/or spelling aren't correct.
The Arabic word for university is djama.