Wednesday, December 18, 2013

World Arabic Language Day--December 18, 2013

Today is the UNESCO World Arabic Language Day, commemorated on the 18th of December as the anniversary of the day in 1973 that the United Nations declared that Arabic would be one of its official languages. Today it is one of 6: Arabic, English, French, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish.

Other posts of interest on World Arabic Language Day include: Starting Today, Party Like It’s World Arabic Language(s) Day on the status of the different "dialects" of Arabic in relation to Modern Standard Arabic; La giornata mondiale della lingua araba è oggi! on the Italian blog editoriarabia, with readers' expressions of why they started studying Arabic and why they love it.

News articles include those from Dubai, Celebrate World Arabic Language Day by learning the language'Dubai Centre for Arabic Language’ opens in Dubai; from Egypt, Egypt's SCC to celebrate World Arabic Language Day 18 Dec; from Kuwait, UNESCO marks 2nd World Arabic language Day; from Algeria, Journée internationale de la langue arabe : « L’évolution d’une langue dépend des initiatives individuelles », from Morocco, A propos de la Darija dans l’enseignement : Un débat pour un recul plus grand on the teaching of the North African dialect of Arabic in schools; from Saudi Arabia, Book fair in Riyadh to mark World Arabic Language Day.

Two learners from the UNESCO celebrations site:

As for me:
أدرسُ اللغة العربية، أكتب و أقرأ بشكل سيئ و أتكلم بشكل أسوأ، مع الممارسة والاستمرار سوف أتحسن

What about you?
Do you think it is a good idea to have a day celebrating Arabic or "the Arabics"?
Have you tried to learn Arabic? What have been your experiences?
Do you want to learn Arabic? Why? How will you go about it?
If you are a native speaker of Arabic, what do you feel are its special qualities? What reasons would you give for learning Arabic? How would you recommend going about it?
Any other comments, thoughts, impressions?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Chez Chiara is 5 years old! *Important Update: She is only 4!

Chez Chiara is 5 years old today, 
and in honour of her December birthday,
she is wearing tiaras
featuring one of her December birthstones,

She is being festive, even if she is most displeased with me, Chiara, for neglecting her. I have explained to her about my "mystery illness", but what with being a 5-year-old she is often rather pouty about it.

Once she learned that I FINALLY have a diagnosis, she has become more sympathetic--somewhat. She agrees with me that it is rather scandalous that it has taken over 3 years to prove the diagnosis I suggested on my first visit to the doctor, a thyroid problem.

She is happy that I have, and therefore she has, an excellent prognosis, and should return to normal (to the extant that she ever credits me with being "normal") over the next few months.

She is most grateful to all readers and commentators, for their exemplary patience with our medical  ups and downs, blogging stops and starts--as am I.

As the birthday girl,
she is determined to celebrate.
And I agree.
Bring on the tiaras!  

Important update:
She is only 4!
She just wishes she were 5!

I take full responsibility for letting her get away with this "bit of mischief" (rather typical of a 4-year-old). She still gets another tiara though!


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