My last detour took us to a Picnic (pique-nique in French) in 1934 Grange, Pennsylvania. Here is a footnote to that previous post has ended up in the opening paragraph for this post. You may not have wondered about the Yiddish word shtick . It’s from the German noun Stück (a piece).
What’s your shtick, Bill?
Yakking on about different ways to yak away.
There is just something exhilarating about learning languages. Here are three (3) remarkable benefits:
- remove barriers,
- erase borders and, if fortune favors,
- become less baffled
We’re glad that you are taking a safari into the Sahara. Please tell us less.
Root letters in Arabic do something quite curious. They occur in an ordained order. Here is a root you may have noticed in the title — SFR. Arabic dictionaries segment meaning through a root system. Grab that Arabic dictionary over there and flip away until you’ve encounter SFR, see below.
Don’t forget to read from right to left.
Bill, are you going to tell us about a book that teaches Arabic with aplomb?
I want to share how much Sugar Comes from Arabic by Barbara Whitesides helped me master Arabic, and have a rollicking time at the same time. It’s an amazingly beautiful ring-bound volume that is simply delightful. As with all my reviews, I just want to pass on good words for great works. It’s what teachers do.
Calligraphy is one of those hobbies I’ve hobbled through with my left-hand. Now I can’t overestimate the unexpected thrill of gently pulling the pen along my paper — no plowing into the paper, or covering up writing while writing. You may have noticed that English is written from left-to-right.
Let us consider prefixes, suffixes and diacritical marks. Hey you say, there are bunches of words having such and much to do with “travel” in Arabic — words like safari.Hey I say, the Arabic root for desert is SHR. Technically, the Sahara Desert suggests Desert Desert. Here is a fun web page for those wanting yet another resource on Arabic verb forms.
Well that was breathtakingly tedious, but we needed to yawn in order to dispel stale air. But you were heading into a desert, please proceed.
Here’s another innit —
Didn’t you write a toss-off post a while back — just trying to change the subject.
Yes — Sudden solitude in a crowded desert, based on a line from T.S. Eliot’s The Family Reunion.
Thanks for reading.