Living in an Arabic-speaking country, we are surrounded by the Arabic script. It’s beautiful, yet confusing. A wonderful book, The Arabic Alphabet: How to Read and Write It, was a life-saver. It takes one letter at a time, shows the form of the letter in different positions in a word and then tests you to see if you can read simple words. I can now read Arabic like a slow first-grader. Ha! There’s a big difference, however, between just decoding the letters and truly comprehending the meaning! Nice people are often around to help. For example, I often asked ladies at Hannah’s school to help me understand the “announcements” that the school sent home. It’s a lesson in humility, but so necessary in a foreign land. I always have the status of a learner.