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Arabesk Logo Now in January 2011: Marzia from USA - Denver CO (Sept 2010 - 4 months + 4 months), Fulbright students since October (private teacher or accommodation), Pierre - Italy – Kuwait (Oct, 5 months), Kathryn - USA North Dakota (October – 7.5 months), Morgane from France - Bretagne (Oct, 8 months, studies in Damascus University and family accom in Muhajirin), Haifa from France – Menton / Nice (Dec, 1 year, studies in institute and family accommodation in Baramka), 3 students from IFPO Damas (accommodation in families in Baramka, Muhajirin), Martin from USA – Michigan (Jan 2011 for 4 months, private teacher and 1 month accomm), Casey from USA – WDC (Jan, 6 months, studies at Damascus University), Lina from Sweden (Jan, 1 month, intensive package Univ + private lessons + family accommodation), Juan Carlos from Spain – Valencia (Jan, 3 m), Atte from Finland (Jan, 1 month intensive private course with 2 teachers), Anita from Australia – Darwin (mid Jan, 1 month private tuitions + family accommodation), Sabrina from Italy (family accommodation search only), Daniela from Switzerland / Italy (2 months, third time in Damascus with Arabesk), Hammad from UK- Birmingham (end Jan, studies at Mezzeh Institute and accommodation search), Djamel from France (end Jan, 3 months in Mezze Institute + Living & Practicing), Carl from USA – Chicago (second time in Damascus after 2008, accommodation search for 6 months), Amir from USA – Boulder, Colorado (Feb, 6 months, course in Damascus Univ, accommodation for 3 months). Arabesk Logo Coming in February and forward: James from USA - Princeton Univ (4 m, private tuitions and Living and Practicing accomm), Elisa from Italy / Spain - Madrid (1 month private course + family accommodation), Sara & Carola from Italy (March for 1 month at Damascus University), Kris Allen from USA – Nashville TENNESSEE (summer 2011, 6 months, studies at University of Damascus + private tuitions + accommodation), Marie Laure & Assia from France – Paris (adult students coming in summer for 1 month in Damascus Univ + private lessons), and much to confirm …. In August 2011, it will be Ramadan, so we will have reduced capacities, especially in teaching, our teachers will take only one student.

Why Damascus : The perfect place to study Classical Arabic

The best way to discover a country or a culture, know their traditions, understand their values and way of thinking, and learn their language is to live in it and socialize with their people.

"Dimashq" is one of the best cities to study Arabic, offering a complete linguistic immersion. Unlike other Arabic speaking countries (Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Gulf countries or North Africa), here, few people speak English or French. The students will express themselves in Arabic, make efforts to practice the language at all times and in all situations of everyday life to communicate with local people. They will listen, see, buy, move, eat, drink, breath ... in one word, they will LIVE in Arabic 24 hours a day (and even dream in Arabic, Insha Allah!!).

In another hand, Syrian people speak a colloquial Arabic (Al A’mmia or darija) which is easy to understand and very close to formal standard MSA Arabic (Al Fus-ha) due to historical and geographical reasons. Their spoken language remains the closest to Classical Arabic, enabling the students to continue their lessons outside the classroom, practicing in everyday life, with almost everybody.

Syrian Arabic is the most useful and accessible of all the Arabic dialects. It is almost identical to dialects in Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan and it is widely understood all over the Arab world. This gives the great possibility to use classical Arabic with Syrians, who understand it perfectly.

The people of Damascus are friendly, opened and hospitable to foreigners. They are always willing to help foreigners to practice Arabic. You can’t imagine how much Syrians appreciate and how happy they are when you speak with them in their language. They are patient and listen to you, even if you speak slowly and making lots of mistakes. In this way, you can fully participate to the daily life of the city (shopping, bargaining, having friends, meeting people, working jobs).

Dimashq is the most traditional and authentic place to study. As of yet, big malls and fast food culture are not part of everyday life. We don’t find Mac Donalds, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Coca or Pepsi monopole, the western cultural and commercial invasion. Syria has less mass-tourism, which means more traditional and natural atmosphere, is less westernized which means more originality and more confidence in Arab identity, is more educated which means easier and better access to local community for language practice and cultural immersion.

For Muslims, one can immerse himself in the appropriate atmosphere: there are mosques everywhere and the Adhan can be heard five times a day from every mosque. Although it is a conservative society, people are free to practice their religion.
Whether you are professionally or personally interested in Arabic, Arabesk’s services will be invaluable to your study