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Kate in Arabia

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  1. No, probably not much at home 😉 (except my father, if he had been an Arabic speaker, because he's such a stickler about speaking and language (not annoying at all) 🙄 😄)... There are many cartoons now where they speak colloquial.. but I still find it hilarious/charming to watch older cartoons where they are speaking MSA/formal Arabic, it is just such a... dissonance... to have this squeaky-voiced, wacky character speaking formal Arabic 😄... and back in the day almost all writing (like books) was in MSA but that has started to change over the years as well.
  2. I don't know that I'd agree that MSA is only written.. it is also spoken, although in more formal situations.. when I was learning Arabic in the US, studying dialects was not a thing (actually there was not much emphasis on spoken Arabic back then at all in my program); when I first went to Egypt, my local friends would (kindly) tease me by calling me "professor" 😉 but being immersed in the environment took me a long way towards being comfortable with the dialect and speaking Arabic in general. I agree with KL, if she has certain motivations for learning Arabic that might sway her towards one dialect over another, otherwise I don't see anything wrong with continuing to focus on MSA and perhaps as a side thing start introducing herself to different dialects -- either through local expat groups or media or... jmo
  3. My ds is sending regular weather updates, including pics and videos.. we moved here when he was 2, so he has no memory of snow or cold at all and is getting a real kick out of the weather... it's fun to witness him experiencing it for the first time. My two boys are in the same city, but one is going to a large, public university (abt 23,000 students) and the other is at a small, private one (abt 4000 students). I can see positives and negatives to both, and as has been mentioned it can really depend on the individual student and of course the school. In our case I think the larger one has broader opportunities and course selections, and more connections with the city (for example, students can use public transport anywhere around the city for free); but the smaller one has its own benefits especially for my ds, who came straight from growing up in another culture, always homeschooled - he preferred a smaller univ, and I believe is happy to be in a more "cloistered" (for lack of a better word) environment.
  4. Ds had one of his professors approach him about taking a certain course next semester, "you're very well-read, so you would have a lot of interesting ideas to contribute.." -- thank you WTM!!
  5. I am so very sorry for what you and your family are dealing with, I share your despair that monsters like this exist and your anger that people might have heard and done nothing.. even afterwards. My best healing wishes to you all, on all levels... my parents are at a similar age, they become so vulnerable/fragile...
  6. Yeah, I shouldn't have said "wrong" because I don't really know what's going on.. it doesn't look like comforting, and it doesn't really look like searching either (to me), I thought maybe someone on here had seen/heard something about that, since it's being pulled into the discussion on some websites I've seen.
  7. I don't think that's it. They mention/show it in this Inside Edition video at the 00:15 mark... do they all know her or something? It's just... so strange/wrong...
  8. What's the deal with the bailiff stroking/fixing Guyger's hair?
  9. I know she won't oversee the appeal. She still could have activities to perform if the case is appealed.. settling the record, if the case is remanded, etc. etc., perhaps any and all unlikely, and I'm not suggesting she would necessarily show any bias, it is just my opinion that judges should not have any bias and maintain the appearance of the lack of any bias to the best of their ability within the courtroom. I also understand that it's Texas. And I've read the statements from virtually all the officials around her saying that either they support her, or that "maybe they wouldn't have done that" but they would fight against any action against her because of it. I don't know that there should be any action, I was just commenting that it made me uncomfortable and crossed a line...
  10. I think the judge went way over the line. The case isn't even over, what if there's an appeal or other activity where she could be called upon to act in an official capacity? How is she going to claim to be 100% unbiased now? And speaking as a non-Christian, to have a judge proselytizing from the bench... well, I guess some people of that faith may find it inspiring, but I feel the opposite...
  11. Agreeing with much of what Laura has said here. My experience was straightforward. I met dh at univ overseas, but we got married in the US. He had come on a student visa. He did not have a "good passport" 😉 but even so our experience was straightforward, just time consuming. I don't remember it being ridiculously expensive, we did not hire a lawyer. He was granted a green card pretty easily, the nationality took longer; the whole process was a few years. He had the additional complication that his home country does not allow dual nationality, so he had to actually renounce that "officially". We did have the separate questioning, the immigration folks were serious but polite, and we were on top of having all the paperwork and supporting documentation (letters, cards, pictures, joint bank statements, utility bills, etc. etc.). My takeaway, slow and steady wins the race.. ..and I will reiterate Laura's comment about being current on procedures, in our case it was 25 years ago.. Also, just mentioning, I have had what seems like a lifetime of people questioning our motives, his motives (just married an American to get the nationality, hates his heritage, etc. etc.), mine (couldn't get an American so looked elsewhere, I've "stolen" one of their men, etc. etc.), you would not believe (or maybe you would) the ugliness that people pile on others. Hopefully your dd (and you) won't have to go through much of that.
  12. With a child who was interested in the analysis side of poetry reading, we used Classical Writing's poetry curriculum.
  13. Yes.. this is true even here, where there are several alcohol-available restaurants. I have some family/friends who will consciously avoid those and others who are ok eating at a restaurant that serves alcohol. Again, I think anyone who is up for a concert would probably be pretty flexible about both the venue and the presence of alcohol. jmo
  14. I am currently fleshing out plans for my 9th grader; as I've mentioned here before, with my high-schoolers I create a Middle Eastern studies course than runs roughly concurrently (timewise) with World History stretched over three years, and it dips into English each year as I tie in correlating literature readings. So, 9th grader, means this year we are back with the ancient period. In World History she is reading SWB's History of the Ancient World and coupling that with a wide range of different movies (all genres, all periods -- classic, modern, historical, somehow tied to historical topics, etc.); in ME studies we are sort of pinning it to the stories of the prophets in the Islamic tradition, but tying in articles and readings that discuss Christian/Jewish beliefs, the archaeological evidence, etc., and are arranging field trips each week to visit local archaeological sites that roughly correspond to the time periods under study; and as one element of her English credit I am pulling together literature readings that relate to either the World History or ME studies courses. I have a copy of the JPS Tanakh, and I have pretty much decided I'd like for her to do some reading from Psalms, but that's a pretty big book and I'm not exactly sure what I should include in a "selected readings." Also I've been debating whether I should include selections from other books... I don't really need historical narratives, I think that's covered between the readings in both history courses, it's more "religious text as literature" that I'm aiming for. As an additional tangential note, I will probably also include some readings from the NT Bible, perhaps the Parables of Jesus? I feel like she should at least be familiar, from a literary allusion perspective, with stories like the Good Samaritan, etc. It would be great if anyone has any advice or suggestions they could share, it's been a long time since I've looked at the Jewish/Christian scriptures...
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