I posted yesterday about being a newcomer and am really excited about this site. I hope to explore it more later but I am feeling a bit sad at this point. I dropped my hubby off @ the airport for his annual visit to Morocco and while I do get sad, I know that he is visiting family/friends etc. and that once a year, it is what he must do. I like to get a lot of things done while he is away that I am unable to do while he’s here so that does free up my schedule somewhat. Anyway, before he left I was showing him this website and he thought it was good. The only thing is he said, “Celina, darija is very hard to learn, I don’t think you can do it, it is a very hard language.” He even suggested I concentrate on learning MSA. In the past, I did contemplate taking standard arabic classes (they offer them at the community learning campus) but I figured I should focus more on Darija since it is the spoken language of my family.
So, my questions is this:
!. Would it help me to learn MSA and focus all my energy there? The benefit is that I would be in a classroom with an instructor who could spend time with us and teach us.
Should I continue to attempt to learn Darija on my own, with (inconsistent) help from my family?
And, will learning MSA make it easier or more difficult when/while learning darija.
P.S. I don’t know if any of you watch LOST (the TV show) but while my husband was talking to me about the difficulty in learning darija, I wanted to say “Don’t tell me what I can’t Do!!!” (Like Locke always says on LOST.)
Thanks for ur help…