Arabic

Arabic is a semitic language that is spoken by over 250 million people in 22 Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Although Arabs have different dialects, "Al-Fos'ha", or Classical Arabic, is the language used in the media. Arabic is also known as "The Language of 'Dhad'", a letter that only exist in Arabic.

Contrary to many other languages that have changed over the years, the Arabic language has been preserved, mainly due to the fact that it is the language of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims. In Islam, prayers have to be performed in Arabic, and therefore Muslims, who constitute over 1.1 billion of the World's population, learn Arabic in order to practice their religion.

Arabic is considered one of the hardest languages to learn and master. It is often difficult for Arabs themselves. After September 11, there has been a heightened interest in Arabic, and it has become common to see non-Muslims registering for Arabic classes.

Arabic Students tasting various Arabic Foods in the MLTC

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Common Words in Arabic

"Peace be with you - Salam alaykum Hello - Marhaba Goodbye - Ma salaama How are you? - Kayf halak? My name is - Ismi What is your name? - Shu-ismak? I am American - Ana amriki. Do you speak English? - Tatakalam inglesi? Yes - Na'amm Please - Mindfadlak Thank you - Shukran You are welcome - Afwan Market - Souq How much money? - Kam fulus? God willing - Inshallah" (St. Petersburg Times).

Works Cited

Susan T. Martin. All Arabic, all the time - in Vermont (2004). St. Petersburg Times Online World & Nation, 2004. 29 Oct. 2004. http://www.sptimes.com/2003/07/07/Worldandnation/All_Arabic__all_the_t.shtml

Instructors

Dr. Hiroko Yamashita
Chair of MLC, Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3239
Phone number:
585-475-6074
Afrah Alfatli
Adjunct Professor of Arabic
Language taught:
Arabic
Office: 1-3219
Phone number:
585.475.2903
Natala Arapov
Natalya Arapov
Adjunct Professor of Russian
Language taught:
Russian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Godys Argmengot
Godys Armengot Mejía
Lecturer of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3236
Phone number:
585-475-7627
Dr. Sara Armengot
Dr. Sara Armengot
Associate Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3223
Phone number:
585-475-4343
Sandra Bradley
ASL Advisor
Language taught:
ASL
Office: LBJ-3616
Phone number:
Videophone: (585) 266-4551
Jo Bussler
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3254
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Roberto Camps
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Dr. Philippe Chavasse
Associate Professor of French, French Program Coordinator
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3233
Phone number:
585-475-3156
Dr. Zhong Chen
Assistant Professor of Chinese, Chinese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3179
Phone number:
585-475-6917
Dr. Elisabetta D'Amanda
Principal Lecturer of Italian, Italian Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Italian
Office: EAS-3152
Phone number:
Birgit Deir
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Patricia Durr
Deaf Cultural Studies Advisor
Language taught:
ASL
Office: LBJ-1283
Phone number:
Videophone: (585) 286-4693
Nadia Eldabh
Adjunct Professor of Arabic
Language taught:
Arabic
Office: EAS (Building 1) Room 3219
Phone number:
475-2903
Dr. Diane J. Forbes
Dr. Diane J. Forbes
Associate Professor Spanish, Spanish Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3197
Phone number:
585-475-6765
Vincent Incardona
Systems Administrator
Office: EAS-3241/ EAS-3263
Phone number:
585-475-7880
Mizuho Johnson
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3211
Phone number:
475-2903
Wibke Klapetzky
Adjunct Professor of German
Language taught:
German
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Alexandra Kuzmich
Adjunct faculty of French
Language taught:
French and German
Office: GAN 3279
Phone number:
(585) 475-5438
Kévin Le Blévec
Lecturer of French/Technology Specialist
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3260
Phone number:
585-475-7234
Yu Fang Liu
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Francia Gonzalez
Francia Marrot
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: EAS-3211
Phone number:
475-2903
Yukiko Maru
Yukiko Maru
Principal Lecturer of Japanese, Japanese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3329
Phone number:
585-475-4558
Daniela Morschbacher
SILP Adjunct Professor of Portuguese
Language taught:
Portuguese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
dxmgsl@rit.edu
Masako Murakami
Masako Murakami
Senior Lecturer of Japanese, Japanese Program Coordinator
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3158
Phone number:
585-475-4418
Ping H. Pian
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Kana Toda Pierce
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: G. Eastman Hall Rm. 3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Rosalba Pisaturo
Adjunct Professor of Italian, Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Italian, Spanish
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Linda Rossiter
Modern Langues and Cultures Sr. Staff Assistant
Office: EAS-3225
Phone number:
585-475-2018
Yolanta Samek
Adjunct Professor of French
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-3219
Dr. Ulrike Stroszeck
Dr. Ulrike Stroszeck
Principal Lecturer of German, German Program Coordinator
Language taught:
German
Office: EAS-3156
Phone number:
585-475-2921
Marina Sweany
Adjunct Professor of Russian
Language taught:
Russian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Dr. Guoming Tian
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3189
Phone number:
585-475-4092
Miriam Santana Valadez
Adjunct Professor of Spanish
Language taught:
Spanish
Office: 2282 LBJ Hall
Phone number:
585-475-6365v/tty
Dr. Marie-Josephe Van Vliet
Dr. Marie-Josephe Van Vliet
Adjunct Professor of French
Language taught:
French
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-2903
Mihoko Wakabayashi
Adjunct Professor of Japanese
Language taught:
Japanese
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
585-475-4427
Ai-ze Wang
Adjunct Professor of Chinese
Language taught:
Chinese
Office: EAS-3211
Phone number:
475-2903
Wilma Wierenga
Associate Professor Emeritus
Language taught:
German
Phone number:
Ida Wilder
Adjunct Professor of Italian
Language taught:
Italian
Office: EAS-3219
Phone number:
58-5475-4427

Conversation Table

The MLC Department offers weekly opportunities to practice conversations in specific languages with other students. Schedule will be posted soon. Please check back. 

Tutoring

The MLC Department offers free tutoring opportunities for students two times a week for one hour.

Fall 2017

Tutor : Sara

Mondays, 2pm-3pm in room EAS 3191
Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm in room EAS 3191.

Resources