Sunday, October 25, 2009
Arabic is not the easiest to learn, it has sounds that don't exist in the English language, is written and read from right to left, is spoken with either a feminine or masculine tense, has completely different sentence structure, (in English it might be I'm going to the store, but in Arabic would be store going me) and generally has an absence of most prepositions. it took a lot of studying and time...
At the end of the course each student sits alone in a quiet room awaiting a tester from Ca to contact them by phone. When the phone in front of them rings they pick it up and there test has begun. They are graded on a 30-40 minute phone conversation with topics ranging from politics, world topics to everyday activities. The tester is scoring them on comprehension and ability to speak the language accurately. Going into it you have to be prepared with enough vocabulary to talk about anything, and you may not be asked anything that you thought you might, it can be a bit unnerving going into. Scott's test was last Friday, but he had to wait all week for his score. We found out yesterday that he not only passed but he as well as ten others in the group of thirty guys that took Arabic received the highest score. It's really hard to explain how they score with numbers and plus signs, so I'll spare you the agony of trying to understand my interpretation. All you need to know is he did really well and I am so proud if him!!!!! Scott is still in shock of his score, but I knew he could do it, this is another huge encouragement that this is what he's supposed to be doing. Now that language is over he has a month off until his next phase starts; we are kind of feeling like what are we going to do with all this extra time, we'll find things I'm sure :) I think our next adventure will be to the outer banks.......
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The family in DC
The buildings and landscaping around the capital were really beautiful
The real bed he slept in and blanket he used
Monday, October 12, 2009
had a wonderful weekend in Washington DC with the family
in need of a hair cut and color
walked through Nordstrom in the city just to remind myself of Seattle
How I love the sound of Logan laughing, it make me smile
why does organic milk last longer in the fridge that regular?
already feeling huge
I love the fall, but seeing Christmas decorations makes me feel happy, I can't wait to have family come down!
how in the world am I going to cook a thanksgiving dinner?
I need to start reading the third book in Twilight
We have one more disk for last seasons Office then we can start watching this one :) it comes on Wednesday!
I need to make Carmel apples with Logan
What shall we be for Sarah's Halloween party?
rainy and cold, what fun things can I do with Logan inside?
I NEED TO GO TO BED!
will post pictures from DC later sometime...
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Just chillin and eating ice cream
Fun on the fam
Best of buds
This was the best family picture we got, Logan was in no mood to smile at this point