The Arabic Course Icon and Flag!
The course icon and flag show up on the course selection screen! (＠＾◡＾)
Here is what it looks like when you click on it:
Remember to smash that notification button! (⌐■_■)ノ◖
I know right! It's a little unqiue and off putting. It looks a little mad and disapointed. I recently saw a page on how Duolingo does its design and I really liked it. The sphinx is different and this doesn't mean I hate or I love it, but its definately a weird looking sphinx.
The sphinx is upset because it can't see the landmarks behind it. (´-ω-`)
Other than the cultural misappropriation of non-Arab Ancient Egypt, this is not even an Egyptian Arabic course, so the landmark choice is completely misleading.
The Arab world has many great landmarks of its own that were built by Arabic-speaking people. If I had to pick an icon for an MSA course, I would choose either the Burj Khalifa (quite a recognizable landmark for the whole Arab world) or the Yemeni ancient "skyscrapers", like this here, the ancient walled city of Shibam:
Yemen is currently a war zone, so it is worth pointing out that Shibam may sadly not be around for much longer.
I thing this follows this logic. Like as in the Spanish course they use Chichen Itza, because currently in the country in which it is, Spanish is Spoken, and besides it is a place with strong Spanish culture ties.
Following this logic, in Egypt is not spoken Egyptian anymore, but Arabic Egyptian and MSA(I supose), so with that in mind, that place has still more ties with the Arabic culture.
By the way, There are mosques behind the sphinx.
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