What if I were Kenyan?
By Ali Al-Aiyash… and the team
The Arabic Institute Insights Series
that spontaneous joke has opened our eyes to another learner…
When we thought that we have just finished our research and were beyond proud of our findings, our Najib, an IT infrastructure specialist, just dropped by to say hi.
I remember commenting “But you are no longer learner Najib, by now you can teach us, natives. You are way advanced!” and he certainly was. Najib Shaban has completed over 1700 hours of Arabic all by himself. Quite a record in learning any language not to mention Arabic.
But that spontaneous comment has opened our eyes to another learner, the African learner.
The numbers of The African Learner sample ahead of us draw an unbelievably beautiful picture with:
- 100% of which Speaks Swahili, a unique blend of Arabic and Bantu.
- 100% already read Quran at least in two of the ten readings.
- 100% of these learners are absolutely keen to know every single- aspect of the language from phonetics to grammar as SELF-LEARNER! The entire sample.
We felt that we were living a daydream when we got that report, it seems that we have found our perfect learner!
And so, we can do nothing but to continue studying and learning about and from the African learner along with:
Far-Eastern learner — with Korean, Chinese and Japanese samples
Far-Eastern Muslim learner — with Malaysian and Indonesian samples
Spanish and Hispanic learner — with Spanish, Portuguese, Mexican, Venezuelan and Cuban samples