An Austrian kid goes on vacation to Egypt and is so enthusiastic about Arabic that the 14-year-old starts learning Arabic on his own back in Austria. That's the story of Georg Binder. Learn more about him in episode 29 of the "9273 roots"-interview series.
"From zero to fluent" is possible, says Uchechi Kalu. Learn more about Uchechi in Episode 28 of the "9273 roots"-interview series: The woman who developed a curriculum to reach conversational fluency in 1,5 years.
"7 years for fluency plus a lifetime for mastery", that's the time needed to master Arabic, says Marco Rateitschak. Learn more about Marco in Episode 27 of the "9273 roots"-interview series: The man who traveled for 4 hours across mountains to attend Arabic classes.
How do you manage to motivate yourself to learn Arabic for years, even decades? Marco Rateitschak has been learning Arabic since 1999. In a guest article, he describes his journey and offers valuable advice for anyone in such a situation. A survival guide for lifelong learners of Arabic.
"Obviously you collect languages", says Andreas Dietrich. Episode #26 of "9273 roots": The man who is interested in how Semitic languages are connected.
There are ten verb forms in Arabic. That is what most people learn - even at universities. But that is not the end of the story, as we will learn in this article.
Ulric Shannon is currently studying and absorbing Iraqi Arabic in Baghdad. In a long interview, the Ambassador of Canada, who is not only passionate but also impeccably knowledgeable of Arabic, tells us about the characteristics and specialities of Iraqi Arabic and gives some book recommendations.
Episode #11 of my series "9273 roots": 20 questions for the Western diplomat and Canadian ambassador who enjoys giving interviews in Arabic: Ulric Shannon.