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Zireael
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 Message 137 of 152
07 June 2015 at 10:53am | IP Logged 
Post number 500.

I've printed and bound my MA thesis yesterday.


I have a batch of notes I should put up here :)

And woow, just saw that Aratools finally has a mobile version!

New words
Saqaliba Slavic (pl.)
Saqlib Slavic (sg.)

P.S. I hope the forum is still around after the 14th...

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Luso
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 Message 138 of 152
13 June 2015 at 5:37am | IP Logged 
I don't know what you mean when you mention the 14th. Anyway...

If you really want to further your Arabic studies, it is my (humble) suggestion that you take a comprehensive approach, i.e., a method that includes more grammar.

I say this because I've been following you for maybe a couple of years now, and it seems you've been adding vocabulary (which is good) but not enough grammar (which, if it's true, is not so good).

Another advice would be to stop writing Arabic words using the Latin alphabet. I know it's hard and time-consuming, but at some point you're going to have to differentiate between the many Ds, Ts, Ss, and other similar cases.

I hope you take these suggestions as food for thought and nothing more. After all, I have little knowledge of your methods and progress.

In the mean time, best of luck with your thesis' discussion.
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Zireael
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 Message 139 of 152
13 June 2015 at 4:09pm | IP Logged 
To have more grammar in the log, I'd need a good resource (free or <$10). The Madinah site/book only covers the beginner level. Any ideas?

EDIT: And about Ss, Ts, Ds - my hearing impairment doesn't allow me to differentiate between them. The Latin transcription is there for me to remember the vowels rather than the consonants, which I can read from the Arabic script.

Therefore the only sources now are the occasional posts on FB by my friends :)

Edited by Zireael on 13 June 2015 at 4:14pm

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Luso
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 Message 140 of 152
17 June 2015 at 3:55am | IP Logged 
Zireael wrote:
To have more grammar in the log, I'd need a good resource (free or <$10). The Madinah site/book only covers the beginner level. Any ideas?

It's not as difficult as it seems: because of Islam, many millions of people around the world want to learn Arabic, and many others are happy to provide resources for free.

Just type "learn Arabic", "Arabic grammar", or a variant on Google, and the (free) choices will be many.

If you need more specific stuff, send me a PM, and I'll see whether I can help you or not.

P.S.: I wouldn't worry too much about differentiating spoken Ss, Ts and Ds, just written ones.
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Zireael
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 Message 141 of 152
18 June 2015 at 9:31pm | IP Logged 
Thanks Luso, will be sure to check what I can find after the thesis defence.

In other news, I got my new hearing aids last week (Starkey Z series).
EDIT: I set the voiced messages to Spanish, I thought Arabic would be a bridge too far.

I can now hear lots of quiet stuff, such as the fridge humming or the birds or the tires of my car and all the 'rustling' sounds (think sh) are not flattened as was the case for all of my life. I am having a teeny problem with understanding speech due to this change and new sounds, but I'm hopeful it will go away with time and adjustment and re-learning sounds.

Looks like I will need no accessories (FM, streamer) - I can finally talk on the mobile phone and I've just discovered I can use a normal computer headset, the standard one, not the in-ear ones. I'll probably shell out a bit of cash for a BT headset which could work with both the computer and the mobile if I wanted to listen to music or found myself in a really loud environment.

Looking forward to trying out Arabic podcasts or Acapela Speech-to-Text w/ headset on to see if I might be able to differentiate the Ss, Ds and Ts for instance.

Oh, and I'm apparently a special snowflake - I've discovered today I can move my tensor tympani muscle voluntarily (I touched the earmold with it which prompted me to check out what muscles are there in/around the ear lol)

Edited by Zireael on 19 June 2015 at 9:00am

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Zireael
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 Message 142 of 152
23 June 2015 at 8:52pm | IP Logged 
I passed my MA defence today with flying colors. My FB feed is now full of congratulations - multilingual, of course, including Arabic. Curiously, Aida posted in French while Anis - in Arabic script.

EDIT: Typo - 'not' for 'now' :D :D :D

Edited by Zireael on 24 June 2015 at 10:16am

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Luso
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 Message 143 of 152
23 June 2015 at 10:05pm | IP Logged 
Muitos parabéns!
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 Message 144 of 152
23 June 2015 at 10:10pm | IP Logged 
¬°Enhorabuena!


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