09 March 2007

Ahlan Wa Sahlan

I am taking an Arabic class. Why? Yes. Interesting question. Just becasue? No, not really a good enough reason to tackle a language where one can seemingly both conjugate, abbreviate and predicate every single word in the language. I know that's not true, but after yesterday's three hour class on marks that aren't really even letters, but just help you pronounce things, but no one uses them except children and slow learners, I am starting to think this might be a bigger undertaking that previously thought. I could cop out and say things like "Well it's best to know why those A-Rabs hate us so much, and all the better speaking A-rab." But really, I've been around the block enough times to know that "they" hate us for many reasons (many of them good reasons- crushing poverty, our own hypocritical realpolitik practices, American Idol's Ryan Seacrest), and that, really, "they" includes a lot of groups, most of them not Arabs.

Do you want to know the real truth? I like the script. It looks awesome. And I wanted to be able to read it. And write in those long, drawn out words that drip off the pen like water, except lazier. I love the way it flows, and how words look like flattened clouds.

I know. I'm totally lame. And I'm fine with that.


Sassenach said...

There are worse reasons for taking a class.

I used to have a co-worker who was fluent in Farsi. He would take notes in meetings in the language -- better even than shorthand in terms of keeping private notes private (or writing out your grocery list while pretending to be attentive.) It did get him thrown out of a meeting at DIA once.