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[Ep. #28] Learning Arabic From Refugees In Jordan


  • We took our 8 month old son on his first immersion trip to Jordan.
  • The trip was primarily for the purpose of working with Iraqi and Syrian refugees in East Amman.
  • The refugees we worked with had survived ISIS, who went from town to town marking doors with the Arabic letter “ن” to target them.
  • They’re able to live in relative safety in Jordan but still remain an underclass with few privileges.
  • The language immersion challenge was exceptionally difficult for me as it was often very emotional talking to people and hearing their stories.
  • I had some fascinating exchanges with multiple Arabic dialects at the same time.
  • The goal was to use as a tool to employ some of these people.

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Learn more about what we did in Jordan in this post.

Resource: Check out my review of Diwan Baladna. It’s an amazing book for learning Jordanian Arabic.

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