Annabel Bruno, Amman, Jordan

McGill University
Living with a Jordanian family not only provided us with constant opportunities to speak Arabic, but also with insight into local culture that may not have been available to us otherwise.  In addition to our host family, we became very close with other Jordanian families and accompanied them to weddings and other events.  The relationships we formed with the people we met in Jordan including teachers and other students from the university were an invaluable and fundamental part of the Middlebury experience. We would often “skip” class with our professors to eat at their favorite restaurant or explore one of their favorite places in Amman.  These personal experiences and the dialogue that accompanied them were the times when I learned the most Arabic and had the most fun!