Rotem Ben Shalom, student of Spoken Arabic.

From Israel

 

What led you to Polis?

A friend of mine told me about Polis when I told her I wanted to study Arabic

 

What led you to study Spoken Arabic?

It is a language that is always around us here in Israel and often I met people that I wished I could talk to. I wanted to learn Arabic for a long time. Now I’m finally doing it.

 

Please tell me about your experience at Polis.

It is a lot of fun to study here; we laugh a lot and advance quickly. I enjoy the small class and the dynamics during the lesson.

 

How do you feel that your understanding of the language has improved since beginning your studies at Polis?

My understanding of the Arabic language has improved immensely. In only 3 months I can already read and write, my vocabulary increased and I can hold simple conversations. 

 

What would you say to other students who are interested in studying Spoken Arabic? Would you recommend Polis?

Yes I would recommend Polis. I really like the method of learning by understanding instead of by memorizing. I like the idea that the teacher speaks only in Arabic and doesn’t translate for us but makes us try to understand.

 

How was your experience with your teacher?

My Arabic instructor is a great teacher; it is a lot of fun to study with her and at the same time she makes us work hard, which is good. She’s doing a great job!

 

 

Arantza Menaca, Anthropologist and student of Spoken Arabic

From Spain

 

 

What led you to Polis?

I was looking for a place to learn Spoken Arabic and my husbands' organization recommended Polis to me. Polis had achievable term courses- 3 hours weekly (60 hours term). 

 

What is your occupation?

Nowadays I'm taking care of my children, but I am an anthropologist and have been working at university. 

 

If you have taken language classes in the past, how are the classes at Polis different?

You can see that the structure of the term has been thought about carefully. From the beginning I liked very much that we learned the Arabic alphabet in order to write everything we were learning... to study I depend very much on writing and I wasn't convinced by phonological methods.

 

What led you to study Spoken Arabic? How will your language studies contribute to your work and life? 

I hope that in the future I will be able to do anthropological research in Arabic.

Please tell me about your experience at Polis.

From the beginning the classes have been challenging, teachers speak in Arabic, which I did not have any previous knowledge of. It has motivated me to study every day. For that the book is very helpful, it makes it easy to review what you have been learning at class. We also have had homework every day and exams to motivate you more to study in daily basis.

 

How do you feel that your understanding of the language has improved since beginning your studies at Polis?

Even when (because of my context and shyness) I haven't really practiced it outside the classes, now I can understand, and slowly express myself, and I can write and read.

 

What would you say to other students who are interested in studying Spoken Arabic? Would you recommend Polis?

Yes I would recommend it as and for me Polis method is a good method. If you need a written support to learn and memorize, if you like to understand the grammar and structures to "produce" language... then Polis is also your method. It is also good for people that can/have to practice the language in their daily activities, and want to systematize practical learning.

 

Please describe a specific experience that you had at Polis that you were happy with.

The first day, when they gave me the book, with everything written in Arabic, the teacher told me that in Polis you learn the Arabic alphabet first in order to be able to read and write properly. I found it very challenging but from the first class I could read and learn with the new alphabet.

 

Stefano Grandi, Finance Officer and student of Spoken Arabic

From Italy

 

What led you to Polis?

I wanted to learn a bit more Arabic and some friends of mine told me very interesting and good things about Polis and its teaching method.  It is a very professional institution, with a solid and well known reputation.

 

What led you to study Spoken Arabic?

I have been working in Jerusalem for almost two years.  I work with a lot of Arabs and I also have some Arabic friends, so I thought it would be helpful for my job and my everyday life.

 

What has your experience at Polis been like?

It is very funny and interesting, the lessons are very lively and never boring. My classmates are all very nice and helpful. 

 

What would you say to other students who are interested in studying Spoken Arabic? Would you recommend Polis?

Of course I would! I think the experience is absolutely worthy.

 

What do you think about the Polis Method?

This is the best way to learn the language:  full immersion in the language itself and its traditions. It is also very helpful to work with real life situations and dialogues.

 

Are you progressing in Arabic?

Shwai Shwai but I think I am progressing.

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