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.