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Four More Months

In four months, I will be settling in to my training routine in Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. This will begin my 27-month Moroccan adventure. It is hard to prepare for such a journey; there are just too many ways I can ready myself and not enough time to do it. For example, I want to learn the language. But which language do I learn? Currently, I am focusing on two. For Modern Standard Arabic, I am working through Mastering Arabic 1by Wightwick & Gaafar. And for French, I am working through Ultimate Frenchby Living Language. Even so, MSA, while widely understood in the Arabic world, is not the language spoken by Moroccans. Instead, most Moroccans speak Moroccan Arabic, also known as Darija (or Derija (or Darja)). In the cities, they may speak French (or even Spanish). In rural areas, they may speak a Berber dialect, the language of the indigenous people of Morocco. To complicate matters further, I've read that while French-speaking Moroccans can understand foreign French…

Language Time

I've been especially frustrated lately with my lack of discipline in regards to language learning. Somehow, I always manage to find a way to put it off, even while finding time to do stupid things, like hang out at coffee shops.

What I need is a concrete goal. Something like this: I will finish all 20 units in my Arabic book by Christmas. That is about two units every week. I think I can manage this. It will be a challenge, but it is not impossible. In any case, it is much better than my previous goal: I will learn as much French and Arabic as I can by the time I leave for the Peace Corps.