Greetings from Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. It’s 37 degrees Celsius and the city is in the middle of a desert. This is not Berlin, where snow is still on the ground, and it’s not Autumn in my home country of New Zealand. This is like no other country I have ever been.
I arrived just two days ago and I start tomorrow teaching English in the top university. This is my first time in the Arab world. I have never worked with Arabic native speakers to improve their effective English-language communication. I have no Arab friends………yet. I don’t speak Arabic…….yet. I feel relaxed and confident……….mostly.
My goal here is to rediscover once again my and our own Authentic Confidence in commmunication. And the only way is to let go of the known, and BE with these people and their language and culture. Then I can BE in Arabic.
This blog will not be critical of Saudi culture. You can look at much of Western media for that. Criticism of the unknown and the unfamiliar is not my purpose here. I am a beginner here. I have to learn. I want to be effective in my work here and in my new life here. So for success in Saudi Arabia I must first love, and then understand Saudi language and culture. It’s time to walk in Saudi shoes……….sandals.