Learning a language in all its facets is an exercise in humility. It is beyond frustrating that the same Arabic which slides of my tongue effortlessly does not allow me to articulate myself adequately. Fluency alludes me – with my attempts to internalise different literary conventions, my stumbling over syntax and the disregard for my love affair with commas. Studying Arabic has made me realise how much I love English. The faculty of expression is liberating.