While studying here in Lille, I decided to take a class in "Arabe Débutant" or Beginners Arabic.
So far, I'm absolutely loving it. I have a great interest in things to do with the Middle-East; the culture, food, language (obviously), politics, religion etc..
Today, I went to my Halal butcher in Rue Gambetta (a great food strip 5 mins from me) to buy some lamb & kept thinking "I should speak some of the little arabic I remember", but reserved-ness got the better of me.
So, when I went to the Arabic epicerie next door I decided to throw myself on the line. Blame it on the smell of Raz-El-Hanout in the air.
I said hello to the man in Arabic "Al-Salamo-Haleiqum" *(roughly the english spelling) and it was very well received - we had a really nice chat.
My lesson of today; don't be reserved in any situation, you never know what walls you may be able to break down.
What did you learn today?
انابيل كاريتر - my name in Arabic.