Arabic fluency struggles of the world

Picture a sports car, revving through a smooth highway. The scenic route adds to the joy of the drive. The sunny blue skies enhance the experience.  An occasional passerby zooms past you, making you content by your pace. There is no hurry, nowhere you cannot reach on time. You are enjoying the ride.

This could be a scenario from any part of the world. Maybe the gorgeous landscapes of Brunei (If you do not know where that is, you must research about it right now), the vast green and lush terrains of North America, or the fast-paced multilane highways of the Middle East. You could be imagining this scenic drive anywhere and at the same time be enjoying it.

That is the ideal scenario.

Just like being fluent in Arabic Language is the ideal scenario. No matter which part of the world you belong to or live in.

For most of us, we imagine this ideal fluency dream to be too far-fetched and leave it to circumstances and life. We wait for perfect days for a sunny drive and assume that one fine day, everything around us will add up so beautifully, that you will come out being fluent.

We forget that the tool to attain the ideal scene, my sports car in this case had to tread through slippery snow roads, winter storms and black ice at some point. It had to dodge flying snow off moving vehicles. Those uncertain turns at massive snowbanks, the ice popsicles barring your front view, rearview and every other view. The time it took for your sports car to heat up to ignite and the time it took for the tires to slow down while you incessantly slammed the brakes.

It was the same sports car, that made it through to see the sunny skies.

To reach that ideal stage of zooming past beauty.

One would think, perhaps the people in middle east have it easier studying Arabic. For sure there are far more sunny skies and less snow filled roads. More places to get fluent and more Arabic speaking friends to practice with. Yet, most of us living in the middle east are nowhere close to speaking Arabic at ease, much less fluently. Why this lag?

While we can continue staring at the clear skies, hoping for a smooth and spectacular drive, we tend to forget the sand, gravel, and stones beneath our sports car. Sure, there are more Arabs in my neighborhood than I can count on my fingers and toes. Yet, there is no real interaction, no immediate need. So, I continue living in my happy bubble, staring at the clear skies hoping my drive to fluency will be easy. While there do exist a handful of those courageous ones who drive up those slippery dunes and off road, despite the fear of their sports car getting heavily damaged or broken down move ahead.  The smooth highways where they can zoom past are right around the curve. They can see others swiftly making their way on it, yet their own struggle is keeping them at bay. Yet, they try to find the path to fluency.

The entire passage has been a comparison of the struggles Arabic Language seekers face in different parts of the world. We would all like to attain an ideal fluency level, yet different places challenge us in different ways. Some struggles are tangible, while others are mental blocks and fears we need to overcome. Only then will we be able to zoom by on scenic highways.

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