Memo to self: do not attempt to teach yourself Arabic. It will only end in tears. What with all of the different forms the letters can take depending on where they are in a word, the letters that look exactly the same except for the placement of a few dots, the scary number of consonants that have no English equivalent, etc. etc. I have now decided to not get anywhere near that language again until I can find an actual, you know, language class (aka, what I should have done in the first place) for it. I swear, Arabic is a psychopathic language. It probably eats other languages' children then laughs at them when they find out. Dammit. Now I guess I know how people just starting learning English feel. DX With any luck though, one of the Associated Colleges will have a course in it, and I'll be able to learn there. And probably end up coming in to bitch at the professor constantly during office hours.
On the up side though, this makes Russian, which I glanced at briefly last winter and was scared off by, look like it's going to be a lot easier.