To Darija . . . and Beyond!
This week we started classes. In addition to daily instruction in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic (Darija), there were also three excellent lectures on Moroccan History, Moroccan Culture and the Linguistic Situation of Morocco. We also watched a video to prepare us for our first field trip this weekend, to Fes, Volubilis and back to Meknes.
14 year-old Ian is with a class of first graders for a couple weeks, learning Arabic with them, until he integrates into classes with his peers. He is in the same building as the SSTers, so he sometimes
goes out to lunch with them.
After class or between classes students often stop by Dar Goshen to debrief, snack, use the internet or just plain rest. If there is pizza, then our Program Assistant and friend, Fouad, will be there as well. Those who stay long enough may see the sunset and the twinkling lights of the Hamariya from the living room window.