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39 Things Only Americans Who Study Arabic Will Understand

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13. Then you probably went abroad and realized that there really are over 50 regional dialects and you would be in a permanent state of confusion for the next five months trying to use the fusha you learned back in America.

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29. Then there's that neverending conversation with your parents about your professional goals with Arabic.

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Or maybe try this: "Who needs a job? With my broken Arabic plurals I get free dessert at any Middle Eastern restaurant!... Anyway, all my Arabic class friends are now unpaid interns in D.C. think tanks."

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33. And they share that sense of pride when you know trivia questions like what Al Jazeera, Al Shabaab, Qatar, and Latifa (of Queen Latifa) actually mean.

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Spoiler: Latifa can mean kind or beautiful, which she is. And who knew they say bismillah in "Bohemian Rhapsody"?

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