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SUMMER 2010 INTENSIVE ARABIC IMMERSION PROGRAM TESTIMONIALS
The program really enhanced my Arabic language skills a lot. Classes were well-paced and the teachers knew how to convey the material in a proper manner catering to students taking Arabic as a foreign language. A lot of focus was given to grammatical rules. Therefore, the program could have been greatly enhanced with more focus on practical Arabic skills such as writing and speaking. Nonetheless, the best Arabic lesson is till Cairo the city itself! The streets were perfect for practicing Arabic and for gaining confidence in speaking. However, it would still be useful for students on the program to learn a few 'Amiyya phrases before going out onto the streets. I initially found it scary that people on the streets and even cab drivers spoke to us as though we were pros in the Arabic ('Amiyya) language! - Hans Summer 2010
I had an excellent time in the program and will definitely make plans to attend again. In the short time that I was there, I learned so much. The program is VERY intensive and it is so imperative that you study every night, because each day you are on to a new lesson. I think the teachers were awesome. They were extremely patient. I think the program is well organized and is structurally formatted in the best way for non-native Arabic speakers to learn the language. You are fully immersed in the language and you are always learning. - Kiandra Summer 2010
As a third time student of Al Ameen Associates' Summer Arabic Class, I can verify the seriousness with which this program is taken for both content and excellence. Every year as comments and suggestions are made, they are taken into consideration and the best of suggestions are always immediately implemented. I have never worked with a group of professionals as dedicated to offering a quality program with the lowest price they are able to offer (because all of the US administrative staff is volunteer). These are people who care only about service to students of language - And their reward is with their Lord.
All of the teachers are professionals; they care and go that extra mile to ensure learning is foremost in the classroom. They will tutor after school and any time students are available.
You will not find a better program for the amount of time allotted. I wish I could afford to work with these teachers for at least a year. - Basimah Summer 2010
Egypt is a beautiful place to be, and Al-Azhar is a beatific place to be -- regardless of what drives you to seek Arabic there! This program offers you that amazing opportunity to find yourself stepping on shoes much too hard to fill, although struggling is always found in short supply in today's day, so I say struggle on you student of Arabic! At the same time make Al-Ameen your choice summer intensive program.
Certainly, it offers very much the same quality of vastly more expensive Arabic programs, and for added bonus has the cushion of being run by Westerners who understand our need to be pampered. Although Egypt can be a rather precarious place for absolutes, the Al-Ameen crew always makes an effort to deal with the 'joys' of a non-Western setting.
The program is for serious Arabic students only, and it certainly takes you very far, very quick, with teachers more desperate to have you learn than yourself. And for Muslims, the Tajweed teachers are to die for. May God continue to guide us, Muslims and non-Muslims, towards seeing the beauty of the language of his Recitation. - Rameez Summer 2010