By Jamie Fico (Spring '17, Winter '16, Fall '16 Participant) I’ve studied Modern Standard Arabic for four years now, and I can proudly recite classic poetry, write with impeccable grammar, and remember more words useful for diplomats than common knowledge such as foods. However, the classroom has ill-prepared me for what I really want to … Continue reading Mutual Language Learning, Genuine Relationships
"No matter how well implemented, a classroom environment can only teach you so much about a language ...programs such as Banaat Connect offer a chance to fill those gaps." By Anela Malik (Fall '16, Winter '17, Summer '17 Participant) Arabic is a difficult language, nobody can deny it. In part, it's incredibly frustrating … Continue reading Is just chatting really valuable? YES!
"I was delighted that I would never have to read or write Arabic again...until I learned of Banaat Connect." By Rebecca Lewis (Summer '16 Participant) Banaat Connect showed me the transformational power of pursuing learning and engaging in a foreign culture. Initially I decided to learn Arabic on a whim, a decision that, … Continue reading My Transformative Experience
By: Costanza Maio ('16 Fall, '17 Winter, '17 Spring, '17 Summer) As Ramadan comes to a close, I am reminded once again of my favorite memories from my travels in the MENA region: preparing iftar with my host family in Tangier; waltzing around Amman at night with my host sisters; stuffing my face with ma’amoul; … Continue reading A Rekindled Connection
"This program has not just been an excellent way to develop both teaching and linguistic skills, but an opportunity to explore someone else’s world and learn from the experience." By Ali Hall (Winter '17, Spring '17 Participant) Hi, I’m Ali and I’m an incoming fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Virginia. I began participating … Continue reading New Perspectives