Author: Zora O’Neill
Title: All Strangers Are Kin Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World
Print Length: 336
Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch
Format: PDF, ePub, mobi, azw, kf8, txt, ibook, Kindle
The shaddais the key difference between a pigeon (hamam) and a bathroom (hammam). Be careful, our professor advised, in the first moment of outright humor in class, that you dont ask a waiter, Excuse me, where is the pigeon? or, conversely, order a roasted toilet. If youve ever studied a foreign language, you know what happens when you first truly and clearly communicate with another person. As Zora ONeill recalls, you feel like a magician. If that foreign language is Arabic, you just might feel like a wizard. They say that Arabic takes seven years to learn and a lifetime to master. ONeill had put in her time. Steeped in grammar tomes and outdated textbooks, she faced an increasing certainty that she was not only failing to master Arabic, but also driving herself crazy. She took a decade-long hiatus, but couldnt shake her fascination with the language or the cultures it had opened up to her. So she decided to jump back inthis time with a new approach. Join ONeill for a grand tour through the Middle East. You will laugh with her in Egypt, delight in the stories she passes on from the United Arab Emirates, and find yourself transformed by her experiences in Lebanon and Morocco. Shes packed her dictionaries, her unsinkable sense of humor, and her talent for making fast friends of strangers.From quiet, bougainvillea-lined streets to the lively buzz of crowded medinas, from families homes to local hotspots, she brings a part of the world that is thousands of miles away right to your door. A natural storyteller with an eye for the deeply absurd and the deeply human, ONeill explores the indelible links between culture and communication. A powerful testament to the dynamism of language, All Strangers Are Kin reminds us that learning another tongue leaves you rich with so much more than words.