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Thinking Aloud
Growing Interest in the Arabic Language
Modern technology and education have connected America to the people of the world. We communicate more easily with our foreign neighbors. We travel, we trade, and we communicate across the globe with greater ease than ever before. Currently, U.S. relations with the Middle East demand an association and attention that in consequence has spiked the interest in the Arabic language. For the first time ever, the Arabic language has reached the Top Ten List of Most Studied Languages, according to the Modern Language Association, with student enrollment jumping 127% from 2002 to 2006. On today's Thinking Aloud, director of the National Middle East Language Resource Center, Kirk Belnap, discusses the rising national trends in learning Arabic and the details on the furious national debate over the best way to learn this difficult language.—Original airdate: 4/21/2008

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