Previously

Ex-art student.

Later

Information Technology graduate.

Recently (July 2016)

Working in logistics in a small company. It’s quite exciting because I get to apply both my artistic and IT skills into a non-IT job, all the while IT’ing things to pave the way for business process improvement. Does that make sense?

Near-future plans

Work in the IT sector and contribute to society in a constructive manner; acquire CCNA certification (about time!) and eventually CCNP certification; share knowledge; study more languages and become an enthusiast translator as a side hobby; learn to play the guitar.

Passions

I am passionate about IT networking and learning both human and computer languages. Having said that, I was able to accomplish mini achievements in human-language learning while being an IT student. Below are my experiences pertaining to this matter and beyond.

Arabic language

ما أروع اللغة العربية My native language. Nothing to see here.

English language

My second language. I speak and write like a native with the ability to effortlessly comprehend most accents, except the very difficult variations of English accents such as Irish or Scottish. Not sure which ones, but you catch my drift. Hence, again, nothing to see here.

Russian language

Я люблю русский язык. I expressed interest in the Russian language for as long as I can remember but never really took the initiative to start learning it. Back in 2013, I expressed that thought to a friend of mine and he offered to teach me the Russian Cyrillic alphabet in a one-hour session, and that was all he could do due to time constraints (he was my classmate). That was all I needed to get a good head start, and I carried on self-learning at my own pace by reading Cyrillic texts, trying to continuously learn the language. Fast forward 2 years (2015), and I am able to listen to Russian radio (эхо Москвы and others) with the ability to partially comprehend what is being said. I am also able to read faster than I used to when I first started in 2013. Granted, I still can’t crack a decent conversation, but with the time I had, I find it impressive to even be able to read Cyrillic and listen to Russian conversations.

German language

2016 update: I’ve come a long way with German ever since I wrote the below paragraph. I can read, listen, and speak fairly comfortably.

Ich liebe die Deutsche Sprache. I have bought “The Oxford popular German Dictionary” 2001 edition (mini dictionary) since around the year 2001. So my curiosity for German language started before I was a teenager. This was partly due to the fact that my uncle lived in Germany (and he still does). Suffice to say that I soon abandoned the dictionary in my library after coming to the realization that I needed to undertake a German course to even comprehend what I was reading. That is besides the fact that I was also still not very proficient in English at the time. So I kept it for the future, hoping that one day I would actually learn the German language and revert back to the mini dictionary. Fast forward to 2014, and I decided to begin learning the German language through Duolingo. I was determined to keep up. This time, I was faced with learning both Russian and German. I’ve read so many articles advising against learning multiple languages at once, but I disregarded all sorts of advice and continued focusing on those two. I am determined to become a polyglot, and I won’t be satisfied until I am one.

French language

J’aime le langue Français. It was a compulsory part of my school subjects when I was in school. It was offered in grades 6, 7 and 8 as far as I could remember. Technically, this makes French my third language. I never had intentions to continue learning it after grade 8, and French eroded from my memory as time progressed. Years went by and I decided to take an external course to learn French again. I excelled in that course and got the highest marks among my peers. This time, despite having no intentions to abandon the French language again, I ended up abandoning it due to being highly preoccupied with my A-Levels. Fast forward to 2012; I found out about Duolingo and decided to refresh my French again. I progressed well and was determined to keep up this time around. I was learning on and off, until I decided to take the plunge with German in 2014. So at this point, I was attempting to learn 3 languages simultaneously (Russian, German, and French), in addition to keeping up with university subjects and assignments. I decided that was too unrealistic and gave French a lower priority as I’m most familiar with it (especially the listening part). I then continued my journey with German and Russian, and ended  up studying French only when I was in the mood. Now that I’ve completed my studies, I can give French a slightly higher priority than before. I am of the opinion that the French language is the second most elegant language in the world, the first being Arabic.

Turkish language

I traveled to Turkey in early 2015. What a beautiful country it is. Güzel indeed. I decided I will add it to my list of languages to be learned in the future. I ended up acting on my intentions sooner than later. I decided to restrict myself to radio listening only, as I seem to have developed a habit of uncontrollably stacking more and more languages. What this means is that I’m not undertaking Turkish on Duolingo just yet.

Future languages

I’d love to learn Chinese and Japanese. This is where the list ends for me though, bringing current and future languages to a total of 8.

My proficiency in languages as of 2016

  1. Arabic: native
  2. English: like a native
  3. German: intermediate (rapidly improving)
  4. French: advanced beginner to intermediate.
  5. Russian: advanced beginner to intermediate
  6. Turkish: beginner

Trivia

I created my first blog ninety9names.blogspot.com in 2010. I then deleted it on July 1st, 2015 shortly after migrating to WordPress.com.

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