A Diamond’s Eye View of the World

a multi-faceted look at the middle east, and the middle west

a watched coffeepot never boils: adventures in Arabic

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on December 9, 2006

Thursday was my last day of teaching for this semester. These students have made so much progress – the questions they ask now are as muc about usage and expression as about words and spelling.

Still, though, they left a few gems with their exercises. When asked what the father in their listening exercise does in the evenings, one responded:

he watches the coffee.

of course, he meant: he drinks coffee. yashribu, not yushAhidu.

however, knowing how seriously people take their coffee in the Arab … and Mediterranean … and Eurasian … and European … parts of the world, I can see coffee-watching as a totally legitimate evening activity.


2 Responses to “a watched coffeepot never boils: adventures in Arabic”

  1. intlxpatr said

    Ana ahub your teaching stories, Little Diamond!

  2. and I love the teaching – I’m so sad that the semester has ended!

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