Student Story | Jessica Pezzotta, Italy
Journey into Ancient Egyptian Wonders, through the eyes of Arabic Student Jessica Pezzotta
We are delighted to shine a spotlight on one of our exceptional students at Ahlan Alexandria, who has not only mastered the Arabic language but has also achieved a remarkable milestone as an author. Meet Jessica, a language enthusiast from northern Italy, whose passion for travel and foreign languages led her on an enchanting journey of studying Arabic. In this article, she shares with us the story behind her newly published book “ Clarieset,e le memorie di Tebe”, written in Italian, which beautifully demonstrates her love for the ancient wonders of Egypt.
1- Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your journey of studying Arabic? What inspired you to pursue this language?
My name is Jessica, I’m 38 years old, and I started studying Arabic a few years ago. I have always been drawn to foreign languages and cultures, and Arabic fascinated me right away. My language journey began with Modern Standard Arabic and eventually delved into dialects, as I found myself captivated by the beauty of Egypt and its ancient history.
2- Congratulations on writing your book! What motivated you to write it, and what is the book about?
Thank you! Writing this book was a result of my personal growth work with a life coach. It all started as a story, but it soon took on a life of its own, immersing me in vivid Egyptian memories. The book revolves around ancient Egypt and the path of a soul during her mission on the planet through the eyes of fantasy Queen Clarieset.
3- Can you share some insights into the themes or messages that you explore in your book? What do you hope readers will take away from it?
The book dives into the spiritual and energetic aspects of ancient Egyptian temples, a subject I have been passionate about for years. It is a journey of personal growth and a glimpse into the memories of past lives, offering readers an opportunity to explore Ancient Egypt while embarking on a profound self-discovery.
“live as if you only see the light, you only see the sun, the present moment, the truth.”
4- Can you give us an overview of the writing process for your book? How did you go about planning and organizing your ideas?
I must admit, I haven’t planned much. Writing has been like a continuous stream. Some chapters were written with my eyes closed, recording my voice while traversing the Egyptian desert on a bus from Cairo to Luxor.
5- How did your background as a student of Arabic help you in writing the book?
Studying the language allows you to immerse yourself even more into the culture. While researching for the book my knowledge of the Egyptian dialect proved invaluable in communicating with locals and understanding the history of the places I visited.
“I am and will be with you for eternity. do not fear, I will be the silent but present spirit, the hand that will support you until the end during your confrontation with the dragon within”
6- You studied Arabic in Alexandria. Can you share any interesting or memorable experiences you’ve had in the city while studying Arabic or interacting with Arabic-speaking people?
Alexandria is a city where you can easily connect with everyone. I made wonderful friends at my favorite restaurant, and my birthday was celebrated twice – once at the school and again at the hotel! The hospitality and warmth of the people made my language learning journey even more special.
7- What advice would you give to someone who is considering studying Arabic or learning a new language in general?
I would recommend starting with simple dialogues, listening to the songs and watching some videos and films to train your ears.