Monday, August 16, 2010

Great Language Purchase

I bought a satellite dish and had it installed today. I was under the impression that I would only be getting Arabic channels from around the world, but as I have scrolled through the 200+ stations I have seen Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Spanish, and several other Asian languages that I couldn't identify.

I only paid $200 for the dish and there is no monthly fee.


  1. Sorry about that, please try resending to Not sure why the other address didn't work.



  2. Stopping by to say thanks for the Amman cafe reco you left on my blog - I'm definitely going to try it out.

  3. I'm curious what steps you tooks to learn Arabic. I'm in the security clearance waiting game and considering language training. I am thinking about Mandarin or French (which I have a little knowledge (0+?)). The Mandarin needs a lower score, but might be more difficult?

  4. I busted my hump, but I went from scratch to passing the Arabic test in just under nine months. I think a lot of depends on what resources you have around you. I didn't have a lot of Arabic options where I live so after a serious three month cram session on my own I found a great private program in Jordan. I studied 4-6 hours per day while I was there and tried to speak as much as possible only in Arabic.

    I went to Cairo for a month this summer and didn't have nearly as good an experience. It was surprisingly hard to speak Arabic there.

    While in the States I have used a combination of tutors on skype, watched a lot of cartoons in Arabic and things like that to fine tune my ear.

    If you have any more questions or want me to point you to some of the people that I worked with just let me know.