A farmer had a dog who used to sit by the roadside waiting for vehicles to come around. As soon as one came he would run down the road, barking and trying to overtake it. One day a neighbor asked the farmer “Do you think your dog is ever going to catch a car?” The farmer replied, “That is not what bothers me. What bothers me is what he would do if he ever caught one.” Many people in life behave like that dog who is pursuing meaningless goals.
Life is hard by the yard,
but by the inch,
it’s a cinch.
For almost 2 months, I have been working on learning a new language and I was choosing between Spanish and Arabic. My choice was between a language close to my native language and the language which my husband speaks fluently and this made it a difficult choice for me which ended up in me choosing the Arabic language.
My choice is due to the fact that I already have a mentor to correct me and help me on my study and the practice would be easier, plus I would be able to communicate with my husband even with a group of people and we will not be understood by anyone else. Cool right?!
Now comes the hard part, start studying. I Found free online course, apps and downloadable study materials that cab help me start up. (Just do a google search and you will find tons of materials, if you are truly serious in studying)
As a start, I memorized the alphabets, numbers, days of the week, colors and the typical greetings. The memorization part was easy for me and I was able to learn what was taught to me very fast, in 3 weeks time. During this first 3 weeks, I was not fully dedicated in my leasons but I was still able to learn this basic words.
The hardest part for me is the pronunciation. They have words that are difficult for non native arabic speakers to pronounce no matter how hard you try. Now on my second montb of studies, I am working harder. I am now dedicating 2 hours daily plus an hour of listening to songs or arabic movies to improve my pronunciation.
To be very familiar as well, whenever I speak to my husband, we now try to use as much Arabic words as we can instead of English.
This is what I do so far, I am having progress but I meed to be more docused and dedicated and if you have any more suggestions in order for me to learn a new language faster I would appreciate it! Wish me luck!!
A year ago today I first arrived in Egypt. I was so excited to visit old places that I grew up reading in books. Arriving there with my husband in Alexandria gave me a sense longing to have a view of the past and relive the the past.
First stop for us is the closed from home, the Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria, Egypt. Home of Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa’it Bay and located on the Mediterranean sea coast has successfully defended Egypt from invaders during the 15th Century.
The citadel is a beauty and I was awed with what I have seen inside. The building itself is still functioning even after the long years that has passed. I took lots of pictures from the outside and inside the citadel. It was surrounded by a wall and the canons are still there.
One observation I have seen is that the place is no longer well maintained. Garbage are just thrown in the corners and some books or leaflets for tourist are full of dust and no one cares anymore to arrange or give them out.
What broke my heart literally are the vandalism on the wall as shown on the picture below.
I think historical places like this should be taken cared more not only by the government but also by the people. Respect of history should be instilled to everyone especially the young ones.
My trip there was great, made me learn a lot about the place and made me appreciate its architecture.
I recently came across a site looking to hire text responders called KGB – Special agents. I know, the job title is catchy isn’t it. My first thought was.. Wow!! Must be some government research experiment. LOL..
I took the time to read the job description, got curious and I said, Darn it, just go for it. The application process is quite easy.
First, you have to take the exam which they call the KGB special challenge. It’s a test of how quickly you can research and answer questions as each question is timed. This will only take 15 mins.
After you pass this challenge, you have an option to move forward with you application or not. If you do decide to apply, you will just fill out a form with your email address and wait for an email to start the training.
I received my email after 24 hours, to start the training. Before starting the training, you have to make sure that you have the required documents as you will be required to visit their office to submit copies of these documents, the email will indicate what is required.
The modules are quite easy and entertaining. I was able to finish it in 1 day although you have 5 days to finish it. Once done, after 12 hours, I received the next email for the simulation and certification where I was again given 5 days to finish.
I’m still in the process of practicing for my certification, will let you know how it goes!