Saturday, May 08, 2010

Not fair: King PlayStation and mini-Hariri

"Even such leaders as the Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, and Jordan’s foreign-educated King Abdullah struggle with its complicated grammar." Not a fair analogy. I detest King PlayStation but his Arabic has become quite passable, unlike that of the much intellectually inferior, mini-Hariri. It is clear that Jordanian King took lessons and took them seriously. He manages rather well. Mini-Hariri? I mean, he is only comparable to the Saudi king. His Arabic tutor, Lebanese scholar, Rudwan As-Sayyid, complained to me that he did not want to spend time learning it when he was assigned to help him read classical texts.