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Language Matters?

Posted on | April 30, 2012 | No Comments

It is interesting being an expat in the UAE.

But it is also odd how easy it is to live without actually engaging with the UAE culture.

A big piece of that culture is the language.

So many expats living in the UAE and so few making any real effort to learn Arabic, I include myself in that pile.

Why is Arabic not being taken up as a 2nd or 3rd language by expats?

Some suggest it has a lot to do with where we come from and our fear that by learning another language we are diluting our mother tongue, really!

Others say we expats are here for the cash and only the cash.

Others say we are just lazy!

So what do we do?

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