How the Language Challenge helped me with Arabic

August 23rd, 2013 | Posted by Jim in Language Challenge | Learning Arabic

Language Challenge contestants, how are you doing? It’s only been a week… hopefully you’ve completed a few lessons by now. To help give you some extra motivation, we wanted to share with you a recent email that one of our members (and Community Tutor) sent us. Andrea successfully completed the last language challenge and it helped her become a professional Arabic Translator. Read her story below…

Dig deep! Keep up the good work!


Written by Andrea in Arabic [Translated into English below]

،أهلاً أيها الأصدقاء الجدد و القدماء

ﺗﻌﻤﻘﺖ ﺗﻌﻤﻘﺎً كثيراً في تحدي “أيتالكي” منذ بضعة أشهر. السبب في ذلك هو أنني أردت أن أصبح مترجمة ممتازة حتى ولو معظم !مترجمي اللغات الأجنبية هم ناطقون باللغة التي عليك أن تترجم منها إلى لغة أخرى. برأيي الشخصي، فأعتقد لقد نجحت في ذلك حصلت على عمل جديد في مجال الترجمة، حيث أصبحت مشرفة على فريق اللغة العربية لشركة تقع في مدينة نيو يورك. المهم هو أن يكون كل الأمريكيين مشجعين على أن يشرعوا في تعلم اللغات الأجنبية. لا يخطر على بالهم أبداً القيام بذلك لأن الإنجليزية لغة عالمية، خاصة إذا أخذنا بعين الاعتبار أن أمريكا ليست بؤرة للمهووسين باللغات، فلذا يجب أننا ننتهز الفرصة على قدر الإمكان لإيجاد الموارد المتاحة والأكثر مناسبة حتى لو يعني ذلك التسجيل في موقع الويب الذي يشجع على التبادل اللغوي مثل أيتالكي

How the Language Challenge helped me with Arabic

Hi friends, both old and new!

I really delved into the italki challenge just a few months ago. The primary reason behind my doing so is because I wanted to be an incredible translator (even though most of them are native speakers of whatever language they’re translating from). I think I’ve succeeded in that, however. I got a new job at a NYC based translation company where I was responsible for an Arabic language team. The most important thing I’d like to mention is that Americans should especially take up a foreign language, or two or three. It hardly crosses our minds to do so because English is considered the language of the world, especially considering that America isn’t exactly a prime location for those of us who are language nerds. So, it’s up to us to seize every opportunity as much as possible to find the most optimal linguistic resources available to us, even if that means registering on a website conducive to such goals like italki!

Here are Andrea’s Language Challenge Before and After Notebook Entrees. It helped her reach her greater goal of becoming an Arabic language translator!

To improve my Arabic language skills and pursue my dreams in becoming a fluent translator.

So, I completed my 10 Arabic lessons with an excellent teacher from this website, Yaser. Highly recommended. The lessons ranged from reading short story excerpts to translating articles from Arabic to English, and my favorite – from English to Arabic. That exercise is rarely practiced by native English speakers, and it truly helped me to measure my knowledge of the language. I have a translation job interview this Sunday, so it’d be such a treat to see how much I can prove myself to the company if they make me a part of their team! These lessons were rigorous and at times I felt like I was being held underwater, haha, but in a way, that’s the point. You allow yourself to be pushed beyond your comfort level because you want this. Salaam!

Andrea is joined italki in 2012. She became a Community Tutor in 2013.

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  • SpeakOut! Languages

    Hi Andrea,
    My name is Ryan, and I have a general language learning blog

  • SpeakOut! Languages

    Oops….didn’t finish my message there! I just made a pretty cool Arabic Alphabet chart for my blog, and now I’ve decided to give it to others who are interested in learning the Arabic language. If you’d like to post it on your blog, just grab it and upload it to your blog. You can grab it here…

    Take care,

    SpeakOut! Languages