Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Time Warp

Yesterday was my first day of class, and I still don't know how I feel about that.
I've been REALLY looking forward to it, as a way to escape work and get back on days. I love that I actually get to DO things and have some sort of intellectual challenge every day, and I love walking outside and being able to see the sun. So those things are pluses.
I'm taking Standard MSA though, which is super hard! As a Dialect learner, Standard MSA might as well be a completely different language. I can barely understand a word the teacher says!  Plus Aaron is still working from 2 PM to 11 PM, so last night I stayed up until midnight to see him, and I have to be in class by 8:30  >.<  I'm too old for that shit.  I need to be better about getting enough sleep!

On a side note. It's literally freezing here. It doesn't feel like our heater can keep up!



  1. It is 7 degrees here! And we have no water upstairs due to frozen pipes! Yay lol I feel like I'm supposed to know what the heck msa is, but I don't.... So I will proceed to Google it and blame it on the fact that not only have I done 3 of my own loads of laundry but 7 loads of Suzanne's laundry plus diapers in the last 48 hours :)

  2. MSA is Modern Standard Arabic. The Arabic you hear if you watch BBC In Arabic, al jazeera, or ever hear the Quran read out loud. I studied Iraqi dialect at DLI though. So when I speak in class a lot of the times the teacher will pretend he doesn't know the word I'm saying and he will make me say the MSA version instead. (They have two completely different vocab sets. Grr!)