! لبنان – بيروت

I have just completed a full academic year of Arabic. !ممتاز I’ve been timid about writing a lot in Arabic, except when we have to write short essays and compositions

Ich bin zzzzzzz….

I had been immersing myself pretty hard into German last Summer and had planned to keep going. But then I made a fairly spontaneous (and pretty fortuitous)  decision to jump

UW Berlin Study Abroad – Summer 2017

This will be the link to all of my thoughts and posts regarding the UW Berlin Honors 2017 Study Abroad Program: Negotiating Identities and Mediating Communities. Stay tuned!

Take two!

If you’ve been reading along, you may remember me talking about a study abroad program to Berlin that I had been accepted to for last Fall quarter. I wound up

!لحَمْد لله‎‎ا

لحَمْد لله‎‎ا means “Alhamdulillah!” which literally means “praise God!” “God” figures quite largely within the Arabic language, but I (and many Arabic speakers) are atheists so in that case it’s an

الموسيقى العربية

These past couple weeks I’m consciously realizing that I need to begin to immerse in the Arabic language. As I’ve had to choose classes for the Winter quarter, I’ve decided that

اللغة العربية

اللغة العربية School is rough going this quarter. I was so excited about my classes last quarter – well… if I think about it, I was really excited about ONE


That word up there is “coffee”, btw. A very important word, always but also one that took me some time to get accustomed to in my Arabic vocabulary. Someone asked

right left right left

marHaba! The quarter began mid last week and this Monday marks the beginning of the first full week of classes. My classes are all interesting and fun and OH MY

love of language

It is well known that I’m obsessed with languages. Most people in my circle understand why a person would be, but occasionally someone will ask why – why do I