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Odd Topics and Language Barriers

…or What Energy Efficient Toilets Look Like Around the World

pArabic is a dominant language in the Middle East and is, of course, used by immigrants around the world. Including it in official documents is becoming more common, even in the U.S. Students of international affairs are signing up for classes to learn the letter set and spoken language. It is not easy for westerners, and it pays to start young. It is practical to learn Arabic these days given its widespread use.

It is a Semitic language related to Amharic, Tigrinya, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Maltese, and the alphabet is difficult to decipher in a short period of time. The written signs are graceful and elegant. You can also find the symbols on most computer word-processing software or can buy special programs for this purpose.

Our website is designed to help you learn Arabic along with any other resources you might find. You can learn to read, write, speak and develop fluency if you are more advanced.

Arabic is not as difficult as it seems if you devote yourself to it for a concentrated period of time. Like any new tongue, it requires repetition and consistency. Many users attest to the efficacy of our program. I hope you will join them in pursuing the study of an age-old tradition going back to the first to fourth centuries CE. Soon you will enjoy the art and literature of a rich culture. Think of the extraordinary mosques laden with glorious tilework. If you are from Europe or America, you will enter an entirely exotic realm.

When learning vocabulary, sometimes there are stumbling blocks. Sometimes you can’t find an exact translation or there are several options from which to choose. When cultures are vastly different, this is exacerbated. One student confessed confusion over the word for toilet. It is rather necessary if you travel. Plus, you need to know the etiquette for asking and using personal facilities. It is not as easy as “ou sont les toilettes? Or “dónde están los baños?” Then if you want to talk about “energy efficient” toilets, you have a real challenge. Sure, they exist in most countries where Arabic is spoken, but people don’t generally need to ask because you have to use what is there, low-flush or not. Imagine what a study of toilets around the world would reveal. Oddly enough, most travelers to foreign countries love to recount the horrendous public bathrooms for a good laugh.  I don’t know why this is so funny, but throw in harsh toilet paper and the room is in an uproar. This is not typical outside of the West, but it is a real obsession for some reason.

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