Hi, my name is Faatimah and I’ve been tutoring Arabic for three years. The thing I enjoy most about tutoring is that students get to learn at a pace that works for them. This allows them to focus on the areas that they want to focus on without the rush and pressure of a classroom environment. I earned a degree in Islamic Theology in 2014 which included 6 semesters of study in the Arabic language. I’m a patient tutor and my teaching style is to breakdown concepts in ways that are easy to understand. I enjoy teaching students who are beginners in Arabic because it a great thing to see someone find their footing in the language. Contact me so we can talk about achieving your learning goals.
I am a writer living in Oakland, CA. I recently graduated with an MA in Religious Studies in Chicago and prior to that I earned my BA in Islamic Law and Theology in Berkeley.
My journey into the Arabic language began when I was 18. Growing up in a faithful Muslim household I some familiarity with Arabic, but only as it related to prayer and religious rites. When I began my BA program in Islamic Studies I was thrown into the world of Arabic and I realized that it was indeed an ocean in itself, as many of my teachers liked to say. Because of my background in Latin I was able to latch onto the similarities between Latin and Arabic grammar as a means of beginning to feel comfortable in the language.
To learn Arabic from scratch mostly required a boatload of patience, but also the ability to see where the Arabic and English languages parallel each other. When you’re learning something new and challenging it often helps to relate it to something you already know pretty well. The good thing about that approach is that you end up learning something new and strengthening your knowledge of something old.
My love for the language comes from my observation of its beauty, depth and meaning. It carries within itself amazing ideas about life as well as language. These gems of the Arabic language are what kept me going in my own accosting of the language and I find they are helpful to share with students. I am pursuing my PhD in Islamic Studies so my tutoring of the language is as much a benefit for my knowledge as it will hopefully be for yours.