Classes and whatnot

Trip Start Jan 30, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Dawar Waha

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hello everyone, and sorry for not posting anything for a week. Since I last talked to you the Packers have won, I've had a full week of classes, and I’ve met my peer tutor.  I’ll try to guide you all through my week without leaving anything out.

My first day of classes went well I found the building without much trouble.  Unfortunately they put me in Advanced Arabic I, so the review class was way over my head.   I didn’t stress to terribly much because the placement test was Wednesday and I knew I would test lower.   On the bright side, I understood a lot more of that class than I was expecting to.  Sunday night, some of my friends and I went to this sports bar in the Marriott here to watch the super bowl.  It was like stepping back into the US; everyone there was from the States.   It was like all the Americans in Amman went there to see who the game.  I was rooting for the Packers and my roommate who goes to the University of Pittsburgh was cheering for the Steelers.  Because the Packers won, she now owes me sweet tea.  It didn’t start here until 1:30AM and I didn’t get to see any of the commercials, but it was still fun and totally worth it.

The next day was pretty brutal because I didn’t get in until 5:30AM and had class at 9:30AM, which left me with a little over 2 hours to sleep.  My classes on Mondays and Wednesdays are Colloquial Jordanian Arabic, Archaeology prospects of Jordan, and Contemporary Arab Women Writers.  The colloquial class is really fun just mostly because the professor is amazing; the last class she was showing us how to text in Arabic.  The archaeology class covers a very interesting period of time for Jordan, from pre-history all the way through the Ottoman Empire, but the professor is rather boring and doesn’t speak English well.   I think I’ll like the class as long as I can survive the lectures.  My third class, Contemporary Arab Women Writers, is by far my favorite.  It basically looks at feminism in the Middle East.  I definitely look forward to reading about how women here feel about their male dominated society and ways they wish to change it.  You will definitely be hearing more from this class if for no other reason than this subject fascinates me and it’s my blog (haha). 

The rest of the week went rather well.  My placement test on Wednesday was pretty rough but I was put in Intermediate II, which was higher than I expected.  Our TV was fixed, so I have started watching Arabic music videos, which are surprisingly very similar to the ones back home.  Because, I don’t understand what they are singing about, the music video becomes a guessing game where I try to figure out what is happening by what I am seeing. 

Saturday, we all met our peer tutors and spent the day with them.  My tutor’s name is Manal, and she seems really cool and spunky.  Her English is great, and she tells me how to say everything in Arabic.  She has eight siblings throughout the world, three of which are in the United States. 

Other than that life is finally reaching some sort of normalcy.  Tonight me and my roommates have been working on homework and just chilling with each other.  I have some reading to finish for my Contemporary Arab Women Writers class, so I will cut this short.  This weekend I have a trip to some desert castles in Jordan with CIEE, so I will fill you guys in on that soon.  Hopefully I will be able to upload pictures soon too (I have to wait and do that at an internet café because we have limited internet in our apartment). 

I hope you guys are all doing well, and I love and miss you all.
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