What’s Next?

Where Have We Been?

When I look at this question, I interrupt it as where have we been as a civilization. For example, before we were born … before anyone was born for that matter, our civilization started from tiny little organisms, into larger animal with opposable thumbs, to us: the dominant species, humans. with technological advancements we as a civilization were able to evolve into the world we live in today which. Many advancements and improvements we have made have happened recently comparing to the time of evolution and with these advancements we have been able to reach to where we are today.

Where Are We Going? 

Although the question above strikes me more as civilization and the evolution of man (or woman), this question makes me think about technology. This is because when I think about where we are going, I think about where are we going with the next technology update, product, or software. I believe that right now we are advancing at an incredible speed with the tremendous help from technology which makes me always wonder and think what’s next? Will these technological updates benefit humankind? Harm humankind? Or is this it? Are we going to reach a plateau where we no longer evolve? Where there is nothing more to invent? However, these questions also raise cautions as to what if it is all going to fast? Will the rapid evolution of mankind suddenly stop and be the end of us? All these questions raise interesting discussions about predictions of what might happen in the future, however, these questions will all remain unanswered until that time comes in our life … whenever it may be.

In-Depth Post #4

Wow almost March and seeing all the progress has been absolutely amazing!! From ice hockey to singing, all the passion that has been going into these posts and studies has been truly inspiring. It’s so nice to see everyone learning new things and developing new passions each and everyday it truly defines the greatness to these studies.

Now on to me, my progress has been successful yet time consuming. I say this because the process of learning a language and becoming automatic takes repetition and I spend majority of my time rewriting letter, words, and phrases; however, I can definitely feel and see progress with my writing as this repetition has made it easier for me to remember what letters to use, how the orientation of the letter should be in the word, and where to use the nuqta. As I have mentioned before, having that extra help at home has been a great advantage to me as my progress could have been a lot slower without it. Asking questions and getting extra explanations has been great as I just review it with Maysa when I see her instead of waiting 1 week to meet with her again.
As for my mentoring sessions, they are coming along very nicely. My mentor and I have developed great chemistry and comfort. I am very comfortable around Maysa and very comfortable asking for help whenever I need it. She has begun to give me particular phrases and small paragraphs and has had me rewrite them a few time to really get the feel of how to fluently write in Arabic. I think this technique has really helped me as it has helped me become more automatic with my skills. However, I sometimes find that I am repeating myself in some of the questions that I ask, so, last week I decided to use De Bono’s how to listen and really try and put pieces together to minimize the redundant questions and save more time for actual practice. Although, this doesn’t mean that I completely neglect the thought of asking questions. Sometime when I feel like I don’t fully understand the answer to my question I use another part of De Bono’s wisdom and ask for further explanation to my question. This helps me understand the concepts I have confusion about fully and confidently.
Overall, it has been a great fit for me and I’m so excited to continue to learn and develop my language skills. I hope you enjoyed! 🙂
PS – sorry for the late post, the system crashed last night and my whole post got deleted.

In-Depth Post #3

With each day passing by quickly and counting down the days to In-depth, I thank myself for picking such an intricate yet fascinating skill to learn and master. Learning more and more about Arabic everyday has made regret not starting this before. I have completely fell in love with learning and getting better with this language. As well as, being able to step out of my comfort zone and try things that I usually wouldn’t try. Being a high level athlete, I find myself much more inclined to choose skills that are more athlete/activity related; however, I am so thrilled that I gave myself the opportunity to try something new and develop skills that I was not aware I possessed. When I am with my mentor, learning Arabic, I feel relaxed and loose just like how
I feel on the field, making the experience that much better. On the note of my mentor, Her and I have been connecting very well and I feel myself progressing all the time.

In the past two weeks, I have mastered the alphabet and I am almost perfect with writing them all out using the Nuqta correctly and in the right position. I am able to put more and more words together and identify them as well. In relation to this, I am able to sound out words very well and read basic sentence even though, I may not know how to scribe them yet, by knowing the letters my reading will become better with practice. In these next two weeks, I hope to being able to put basic sentences together and to have the alphabet mastered on and off the paper. Like I mentioned in my last blog post, having my family to help me when I get stuck is a big bonus for me as I am able to progress faster each and every week.

Learning all this information can also be overwhelming, that is why I try to ask many clarifying questions on how to make my life easier when trying to learn such an intricate and elegant language in just 5 months. Whenever I meet with my mentor, Maysa, I always try to ask her at least one question that will benefit me for the next time. For example, I know that I am struggling a little bit with the Nuqta and where to position it on certain letters; so, I asked Maysa what are some good strategies that will help me remember where the Nuqta goes and begin to come to me automatically? She responded giving me suggestions on how I can improve. Some of the suggestions she supplied me with were: keep writing them out until the skill becomes automatic, make small flash cards of the letters that you are having troubles with, or to write out words that involve the Nuqta and see if I can place them in correct spots. All these suggestions have helped me get better and become more automatic with Arabic.

Arabic overall has definitely been an interesting process and learning it has been great. Constantly learning new things and getting better is my definition of interesting and I couldn’t be happier with skill I chose.

I hope you enjoy reading this week! 🙂 See you all back in a few!