As soon as my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our daughter Samya, who was born last March, we knew we wanted to raise her to speak Arabic. Since my husband is a midwestern from Kansas who didn’t know what zaatar was and refused to eat plain yogurt until he met me, we decided we were going to follow the OPOL method. One parent one language. I would speak to her in Arabic and my husband would speak to her in English. (Check back with me in two years to see if it works!)
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The need for better children’s books for Arabs who live abroad
I was pleasantly surprised when my sister gifted my daughter two gorgeous, beautifully illustrated children’s books in colloquial Arabic. (Shutterstock)
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