I've had two Arabic classes so far, and boy-oh-boy has she covered a lot of information already. My homework sheet on the first day consisted of sentences like "You all need to go to bed early because tomorrow you will fly to Egypt," and "They don't think that they'll eat that food again," and "Let's take the kids to a party tonight!" So that would be: past, present and future tenses. Prepositions. Plural nouns and adjectives. Negative sentences. Masculine and feminine genders. Place names. And so on. After one hour of class.
Do you think I have some catching up to do?
There were 20 such sentences, and I am pleased to report that I was able to write all 20 in perfect English! In Arabic, eh, not so much. (Hey, FSO Hopeful: if I start posting my homework here, maybe you can do it for me???).
The good news is, I could do all of those sentences, if asked, in Russian. Probably in Chinese, too. And that gives me hope - if I learned them in the past, I will surely learn them again in Arabic - eventually. Right? Right?
But, oh, the studying I have ahead of me!
I decided to try out some new phrases on the boab. I said, very slowly, "I... am... stu..dy..ing... Arabic."
He replied "Great! You blankblank and blahhhhh and I blankityblankblank."
I thought for a minute, and then I answered "I... am... stu..dy..ing... Arabic."
So as you can see, I've made some real progress already.