this is my third semester taking arabic. insyaAllah, i will take third semester in fall 2011. i could even take fourth semester. but let's see, if i have the energy to take up until 4th semester.
eventhough arabic is not easy to learn, but no one can deny that arabic is a very beautiful language. i don't know how to explain it, but my classmates and i are very interested in arabic. eventhough we complain about the difficulty of it, we enjoy it at the same time. it's a love-hate relationship that we have.
i never went to religious school even when i was in primary school. so i had to study from the beginning. but at least i am familiar with many of the words because many malay words are taken from arabic.
arabic isn't just the language of the Quran. but it's the language of our nation too. yes, i mean malaysia. why do i say this? because most of our vocabs are taken from arabic. like SERIOUSLY! my teacher probably thinks i know arabic well whenever he asks what's the meaning of a word and then i just take a wing at it. i basically just try to guess the word, to see whether it may be the same malay word. and many times, i am right. but my grammar is all over the place hahahahahhahaa.
so anyways, based on the fact that most of our vocab consist of arabic words, it tells us something. it illustrates the history of our nation when arab traders came to malaya to trade. eventually, arab traders taught islam to leaders and eventually i guess that's how that explains where we get out vocabs from.
i know my illustration of our history right now should be given a C, but you get my point, right? (please pretty please say yessss!). now i understand why some scholars back in malaysia opposed when the government wanted to change the teaching of science and math in english. i don't think it's so much about malay autnomy (for me, at least) but it's about the history of our nation. langauge reflects a lot about history, culture etc. the malay language shows were we come from, and how the our country was formed.
i wish i had the time to learn malay under my grandfather, Allahyarham Asraf. people addressed him as Pak Asraf. he was known as a 'tokoh bahasa' back in his days and he knew the malay language well. he taught malay to one of the head of the arabic langaue here, dustin cowell. teachers in school didn't teach malay like how my grandfather did. too bad, i was too young when he was around and therefore couldn't really learn under him.
i know that many people would oppose what i mentioned previously but i don;t know...i am quite surprised at how patriotic and nationalistic i have been in america.
but yeah, you should definitely learn arabic. it's really important. do it if you have the chance.