Friend or Foe – By Dalia Al Saad


As an ESL teacher, I deeply believe in building my students’ self-confidence, as well as helping them improve their language skills. Merely teaching a language isn’t sufficient for me. Logically, you can’t build anything without a strong foundation, and in this case a strong foundation of self-confidence and will power is needed if they want to become fluent in the English language. Continue reading “Friend or Foe – By Dalia Al Saad”

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Duolingo: The Green Owl App – By Dalia Al Saad


Ever since I was 4, I’ve always been a huge language-learning lover! At that age, I remember singing along an American song with my older brothers trying to get the lyrics right. Of course what I call now “singing” was in reality just baby talk. That childish attempt produced a good story for the whole family to recall in every occasion, which is fine by me 🙂 You see, since then, I had the opportunity to study in American schools and learn proper English as well as the Arabic language. Fellow adult Arabs would not hide their astonishment when they found out that I understood what they were saying in English, or in a certain event when I helped two ladies out by being their translator. I felt like I was their bridge of communication who helped in venting their frustrations! All that and much more helped in boosting my self-confidence as a kid, which enhanced my thirst for language-learning even more. As I grew older, I indulged in learning the French language with my mom. That didn’t go as planned since I wasn’t 100% committed to learning the language, however, at age 17, I finally took it seriously and progressed. I am now an English teacher who is learning Italian for the love of it. With the help of the Internet, I found many free websites that clearly explain grammar rules, YouTube videos that have helped me with my pronunciation and the best free app ever: Duolingo! Continue reading “Duolingo: The Green Owl App – By Dalia Al Saad”

A Good Friend – By T. Baker


 

 

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family; people, especially our own families have been telling us this for decades. You can’t decide what sort of home you’ll be brought up in, but you’re fully in control over the kind of environment you allow yourself to be immersed in as you grow older and more independent. So what is it then, that makes a good friend?!! Continue reading “A Good Friend – By T. Baker”