Why He Studied Arabic

While I studied Chinese, my boyfriend went to the same university to study Arabic. We were both in the languages department, with intense interests in history and politics, and we were both crazy enough to choose some of the most difficult languages in the world. People still ask us “which one’s harder?” And honestly, I’veContinue reading “Why He Studied Arabic”

Why I Learned Chinese

When you grow up in a rough neighbourhood, you start fantasising about running away from a very young age. Luckily, I somehow resisted doing anything stupid, and stuck around in school until I was eighteen, when I left school with 14 GCSEs and 3 A-Levels (the qualifications needed for university). I was all set upContinue reading “Why I Learned Chinese”

Country Profile: Afghanistan

Population: 31.6 million Area: 652,864 sq km, or 251,827 sq miles Main languages: Dari, Pashto Primary religion: Islam Life expectancy: Men = 59 years, women = 62 years Geography: Landlocked, mountainous Current leader: President Ghani (since September 2014) Bordering countries: Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and (via a very narrow corridor) Xinjiang Province, China. Stability:Continue reading “Country Profile: Afghanistan”

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