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Singing, Chalk Art and Volleyball

Arabic students have been making the most of their activity period and free time lately by exploring activities such as chalk drawing, friendship bracelet making, henna tattoos and volleyball.

Students Continue to Explore the Arabic Language and Culture

Arabic students continue to respect The Language Pledge® and explore Arabic culture in their classes and cultural exploration time. Today during cultural exploration a group of students analyzed Arab hospitality customs and used what they discovered to create skits which were then performed for their peers.

Arabic Academy - Welcome to the Land of Full Immersion!

The Arabic Academy held a ceremony for the signing of the Language Pledge® at which the lead director of this Academy, Khalid Madhi, spoke regarding the power of language to open doors to the world and the importance of this promise to continue speaking Arabic 24/7. He stated that, "If you are able to go home and tell your mom or your friend that you love them in five or six different ways in Arabic alone, I think we have achieved our goal here."

Will Arabic Be the Language of the Future?

By language of the future, I do not intend to mean a universal language in which both humans and machines will use to interact in a world of increasing proliferation of artificial intelligence. Nor do I aim to suggest that Arabic would be the lingua franca of the 22nd century. To put forward a claim of this sort would require me to delve into the rather dreary details of demographic predictions and politico-economic arrangements of the world. I am more interested in some esoteric aspects of the Arabic language itself.

Arabic Academy’s Last Days

As we are winding down with the last day here at Pomona, here are some final Arabic academy updates! Students were really excited as we surprised them withs’mores galore one evening. The sugar made it a little more difficult to put them tobed but it was worth the smiling chocolate faces. Teachers paid a visit to the dorm and had a chance to play chess, soccer and chat with students over gooey goodness in the cool California evening weather.

الى البحر! (To The Beach!)

The Arabic Academy took a trip off of Pomona’s grounds to visit the Santa Monica Pier this past week! The students could not withhold their excitement all morning starting from breakfast. After attending classes and eating lunch, students loaded onto the buses and we were on our way. With Peter Pan playing in Arabic, students passed the infamous Hollywood sign and when we finally arrived the smiles on the students’ faces were so BIG!

This Week in Arabic Evening Assembly

Every day, evening assembly is a time for students to use their vocabulary and illustrate what they’ve learned in the classroom by presenting it to the entire academy in a creative way. Tonight students presented projects about different foods across the Arab world as well as many different cities, attractions and famous locations. Other students did skits to using the new food vocabulary. Some skits were set in restaurants while others were phone conversations.

Henna حناء Tattoo Crazy!

In cultural exploration class, students had a chance to learn about a wonderful plant we call henna (حناء). It is a plant whose leaves are ground down and mixed with either lemon, oil, tea or other liquid to make its paste form. After letting it rest, it then can be used for dying hair, skin or fabric. In the Arabic culture, henna is used as a celebratory tradition prior to a bride’s wedding day. Women gather for the Henna where the bride wears traditional clothing like a thoub, ثوب. The henna is unique in color and design to each part of the Arabic world.

Arabic Academy Shenanigans

Let’s take a step into Lyon Hall: the Arabic Academy’s dorm. On any given day, you’ll find water balloons, sidewalk chalk and birthday celebrations!

Arabesque Ensemble Visits Arabic Academy

Who can keep a beat? The greatest benefit MMLA brings to learning a language is the total immersion component. Today the Arabic Academy got a visit from the Arabesque music ensemble. A major part of any culture is music and to be able to hear the rhythmic distinction here in Pomona was a treat. Arabesque taught students about different patterns specific to Arabic music. Students learned about the oud, tabla drum, violin and kanoon.

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