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Kevin Moore

Kevin Moore
– MSc Arab World Studies, University of Edinburgh (2012-2014)
– Intensive Advanced Arabic, Al-Akhawayn University (2012)
– Intensive High Elementary Arabic, Middlebury College (2011)
– BA Honours Global Studies w/ Research Specialisation and Business Administration Options (2007-2011)

I am an Arabic language enthusiast interested in Arabic-English translation, as well as international and domestic politics of the Middle East and North Africa.

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  1. Hi, I came across this page whilst looking at the Arab world studies program at university of Edinburgh. I was just wondering if you would you recommend this program? How did you find it in terms of difficulty? How well did you know Arabic by the end of the program?

    • Hi B,

      I would highly recommend the Arab World Studies programme at the University of Edinburgh (as well as the International Relations of the Middle East w/ Arabic programme, if you want to take things down more of an IR path)!

      It is the only programme I know which teaches its students both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and a dialect (last check the options were Egyptian and Levantine – either Jordanian or Palestinian). It is also the only post-graduate programme where you are getting both intensive Arabic instruction and courses across a variety of topics in Middle Eastern Studies (whether it be history, religion, politics, culture, literature, etc.). Also the summer studying Arabic in the region really helps you develop stronger language skills and a good level of comfort living there.

      For me, the difficulty was not so much in the Arabic, as I already had a bit of the background in the language, but I know that my classmates who started with nothing found it very difficult in the beginning, but the teachers in the programme are wonderful and everyone makes it through, maybe even enjoys themselves.

      Now that I’ve finished the programme, I have to say that I am very happy with the level I’ve reached. I have no problem reading a variety of sources and I am comfortable speaking in the Egyptian dialect, MSA (if I have to), or a mixture of the two (what is referred to as “educated amiyya”). I also believe I have a very good level of comprehension across a number of dialects, especially Egyptian and Levantine.

      Please feel free to get in touch if you have more questions.

      Kevin

      • Thank you so much for your reply! I’m looking quite forward to applying for this program now. Do you know if they accept undergrads from any academic program or something related to Arabic?

      • It’s my pleasure!

        Any background is okay. My class had a diverse background including Islamic history, international relations, journalism, history, politics, international studies.

  2. I have been looking for resources to improve my Arabic through reading, and your blog looks amazing! Thank you so much for providing links I never knew about and great translations. I think I’m going to enjoy looking around here.

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