This month, we talk to Mariam A. Rahi, an English language teacher with 5 years of experience. She successfully completed the CELTA program with Eton Institute and shares some general thoughts about the program, including what she enjoyed and how it has benefited her teaching career. Watch the video to find out more.
Dominique M. has always been passionate about learning the language of the country she lives in. She tells us what drew her into the Arabic program, the practical benefits of learning the language, and shares practical tips for other Arabic language learners.
Hi, Dominique! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I arrived in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of 2020 to work as a Training Manager and Art History Trainer at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Why did you decide to learn Arabic?
For me, it has always been important to learn the language of the country I live in. Plus I have a kind of madness for learning languages and getting to know the related cultures.
What could be a practical benefit of learning Arabic for you?
Being able to interact with locals in their native language is essential, but actually a little difficult in Abu Dhabi since everyone speaks English.
What level do you aspire to reach?
I haven’t got any specific goal. I would just like to be comfortable in oral conversation as to be able to talk to people on a daily basis.
What’s your best tip for people who want to start learning Arabic?
Actually, I think the start is the easiest moment. You get to learn a new alphabet and you have the impression of getting into calligraphy.
I would suggest reading as much as you can, anything in the street, from street names to shop names, from advertising to newspaper headlines, and also to listen to the radio regularly or to children’s videos to grab some words and relate words to images. I also have used the post-it technique at home: I put post-its with Arabic words connected to home appliances, rooms, actions in their environment. Thus, they are easier to remember.
What did you find challenging and how did you overcome it?
The most challenging part for me was and still is the conversation. As I started learning Arabic at the time Covid emerged, we were all more or less locked inside. I have missed interactions and occasions of practicing. I also have been forced to follow online classes all the way with less interaction with my teacher.
Are there any other languages on your bucket list?
Yes! Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Farsi.
“…I would suggest reading as much as you can, anything in the street, from street names to shop names, from advertising to newspaper headlines, and also to listen to the radio regularly or to children’s videos to grab some words and relate words to images.”
Are you passionate about learning Arabic? Consider enrolling in an Arabic course with Eton Institute.
Love makes people do many things…one of them is learning a new language. This month, we talk to Sarah Tuqan, an HR specialist, who is learning Italian for her partner. She has always been passionate about Italian culture and was more than happy to get started on her Italian language learning journey with Eton Institute. Watch and find out what drew her into the Italian program.
“…I am very interested in the culture and the food, it’s something that I value very much and that’s why I took the decision to start learning more about the culture and the language and hence signed up for a course at Eton Institute.”
If you are interested in music, architecture, fashion, and arts, want to enhance your career or business opportunities, or immigrate to Italy, then Italian is a language to definitely learn. Choose from one of our group, one-to-one or duo learning Italian courses ranging from intensive to regular, weekend, classroom-based or online, that will target all four skills; reading, writing, speaking, and listening.