Interview With The Student Of The Month, June 2016, Olga from Ukraine.

 

Student Of The Month

1. What is your nationality?

Ukrainian.

2. Where do you live?

Ukraine, Pervomaisk.

3. What is your job?

Interpreter.

4. How many languages do you speak?

Ukrainian is my mother tongue, I also speak Russian and English. Now I am learning Arabic.

5. Why do you learn Arabic language?

This is a question I am being asked a lot and it is always hard for me to answer it, because I do not have any particular reasons such as learning Arabic for work, or moving to an Arabic speaking country or studying, etc. “As many languages you know, as many times you are a human being” was the quote I found when I was in school and only being able to speak Ukrainian and Russian. I think, that’s when I decided I am going to be a human being as many times as possible. At least 10 I thought. So, when I accidentally heard a song  قصاد عيني  by Egyptian singer Amr Diab I knew that was the language I want to speak some day. It is very important to me that I like how the language sounds. And me and Arabic just “clicked” together. My first steps into Arabic I made through its Egyptian dialect. That was while I already tried learning Polish and Italian. Learning the language by yourself is not the easiest thing, so when I was chosen to participate in Arabicollege project, I was very excited to begin.

6. Do you find it hard to learn Arabic?

Learning every new language is hard, especially while you’re still a beginner. I had my struggles with it as well, considering that my mother tongue is very different grammatically and pronunciation wise. Some sounds are still really hard for me to make but as we all know it all comes with practice. The things that seemed impossible for me in the very beginning are now less intimidating. I see the progress and it is very motivational.

7. How hard did you have to work to get this?

I am doing my best not to miss the classes and do all the home works. I don’t like to think of it as if I am working hard. I take it as an exciting journey which would bring me some day to certain result. It is a long process and the hardships are a part of it for sure. But if you truly enjoy the process, then you don’t really mind them.

8. Tell us about your experience at ArabiCollege

It was my first ever experience of taking a course online. And so far I am truly enjoying it. The teachers show great patience and understanding, the atmosphere of every class is very friendly but at the same time very professional. We share the same goal, which is mastering the language and we’re working for it.

9. How do you see eLearning compared to the traditional learning?

eLearning is a great opportunity to study when studying is not the major thing you do. It is very convenient to be able to have a class whenever you have the time for it. You can do it without any major changes to your life schedule. Now that I can compare, I can say that I’d rather study this way than go and attend the class in its traditional meaning.

10. What advice would you give to the learners of Arabic language?

First of all, be ready to dedicate some time and effort into it. Learning a new language is not a short process. Do not be disappointed if you do something wrong. In fact, the mistakes are a big part of learning. In my experience with learning English, I have focused on learning the grammar, I was doing a lot of exercises and I thought I was mastering the language. I was, in a way. But when it came to applying my knowledge in speaking I just couldn’t do it. With all my good vocabulary that I was accumulating for years I could not manage to make a proper sentence. So my second advice would be, try and start speaking from the very beginning. Don’t be intimidated to do it wrong, you are not a native speaker and nobody expects you to sound like one. In your learning be like a child that’s learning to walk, whenever you fall, stand up and keep moving. You will get there eventually.

Best of luck to all of you who is learning or is willing to learn.

July 10, 2016

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