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Monday, September 5, 2011

Awesome combination for studying Farsi:

Ok, so I have mentioned in the past about Word Champ.  Word Champ allows you to hover your mouse cursor over a word and it will translate for you.  However, Word Champ doesn't work with the Defense Language Institute's "GLOSS" program for some reason.  So what I did was, I copied all 115 or so articles from the GLOSS website and created a blog just with those articles.  I highly suggest checking it out if you are a Persian Farsi or Dari linguist.

And of course Word Champ can be found at (UPDATE: Word Champ has been taken offline, boo!)

And as I stated before, I highly recommend the Flashcards Deluxe app from iTunes if you are an Apple user.

If you have questions, please feel free to visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Well, I managed to pass my DLPT!

Just so you know, it CAN be done even without language refresher training!  It was a long day at the testing center but I left with a respectable 2/2.  It isn't the 3/3 I used to get, but considering I had no chance to refresh prior to testing, I'm quite happy!

The Army is Now Paying For Multi Dialect Linguists

Good news if you are an Arabic/Farsi linguist.  You can now get paid for dialects.  For example, a Persian-Farsi linguist can now be paid for testing in Persian-Afghan (Dari).  Previously, Dari was considered a dialect and was not payable.  Consequently, an Arabic linguist could test in both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Iraqi Dialect.  The relevant ALARACT message is ALARACT 207/2011.  It can be found here.

Here are some of the relevant portions of the ALARACT as well as AR 11-6 (The Army Foreign Language Program) so that you can show your finance:



AR 11-6:

f. Soldiers with Arabic designated as their CLANG/primary language or assigned to an Arabic coded billet are authorized to test Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) (AD), Algerian (DH), Egyptian (AE), Gulf Dialect (DG), and/or Levantine (AP). All Soldiers must take the MSA (AD) reading test and then may choose to take one or more of the listening dialect tests. The reading and listening test must be taken within 30 days of each other to be counted as a valid test.

c. The effective date of FLPB payments will be the date of the DLPT, DLRPT, or OPI. If the DLPT is administered on two separate days, then the effective date of FLPB will begin on the later of the two dates. Soldiers must complete all testing within 30 days for the test to be valid.

If you have questions, please feel free to visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.