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Ahlan, yaa Taalib...I've got a question for ya. I assume you're at the DLIFLC in Monterey...is that right? The reason I ask is that one of my ustaazaat was a student there -- served in the Navy as an Arabic linguist for a number of years before coming back to grad school -- and she gave us an extremely useful little printout that one of her professors there whipped up. It's entitled "The Ten Measures of the Arabic Verb," and the name at the bottom is Baghad Malek, DLIFLC. Any chance you have access to a .pdf version of said document, or know of a way to track it down? Mine is getting tattered, and I'm not skilled enough yet in typing Arabic to be able to duplicate without an obscenely massive investment of time. Shukran!
I think I probably still have mine from DLI. I graduated a few months ago. I'll see if I can find it online and if not I try to scan it in and get it to you. =)
PS - It took me a while to learn to type Arabic and it still takes me several wrong keys before I find the right one. You'll get it with a little practice though.
Shukran jazeelan, yaa Sadeeq! So are you now serving abroad, or what? I'm gonna need to give the Feds a pound of flesh for a fellowship they gave me, and I'm always interested to hear what other Arabic speakers are up to....
I'm stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA right now and will be for the next 4 years. Are you a Navy corpsman? Marines? I'm just guessing from your name.
Not a bad guess, but I've actually never served in the military (and probably won't). I may wind up working for DIA or the like to fulfill a service obligation for a fellowship, but that's about it. I just happened to have worked for AmeriCorps as a literacy tutor for inner-city kids in St. Louis several years ago, hence the moniker.
If you haven't found a measure chart I posted a link to one for ya.
"If you haven't found a measure chart I posted a link to one for ya."
where is the link???
Can you please provide the link to this file? I don't see it anywhere.
Here's the link: http://thearabicstudent.blogspot.com/2009/01/arabic-measure-chart.html
I hope it helps you!
Thanks sir, but that does not appear to be what I'm looking for=) I'm specifically looking for the "10 measures of the arabic verb" sheet that you reference on here. I have a copy, but it's a poor one.
It says on the sheet itself, "10 measures of the arabic verb"
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