Amman International Theatre Festival in April 2012
This annual festival is the only one in the Middle East and North Africato be organised by an independent theatre company. Performances are mainly in Arabic and English.
The eight days of activities are made up with performances (from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Switzerland, Italy, Palestine, Jordan, Sweden, and Turkey), workshops, movie days, and three workshops. (source: Whatsonwhen, Jordan events)
The Library of Alexandria
is located directly facing theMediterranean Sea. It consists of 11 floors, with a total area of280,200 square feet. The library contains as many as 7.5 million books, 4,000 periodicals, 50,000 manuscripts, rare books, and maps. Computers and desks with students, staff and visitors, all in deep concentration and awe of all this library has to offer. At the main entrance there is a Bookstore/Gift Shop, with books on Egyptian history and guide books. If you have a little extra time in your schedule, if you are planning a visit to Alexandria, stop by and see this modern miracle. (source: Bibliotheka Alexandrina)
Moroccan Carpet Auction in the Atlas Mountains
A carpet auction is a vivid and theatrical experience to onlookers and an economic necessity to those who produce the carpets. Red is the colour primarily associated with the Middle Atlas town of Khenifra. Not only is it the vibrant hue of the hills and escarpments of the surrounding Meknes-Tafilalet region, but it is also the colour of the blood spilt during the many battles fought by the proud Berber tribe of Zayane, who are the main inhabitants. (source: Morocco Board)
Relocation of students in Cairo
In the forerun of the Egyptian parliamentary elections, Tahrir square in Cairo witnessed new dramatic demonstrations. In light of the events, AMBergh’s students were relocated from the Language Institute in the vicinity of Tahrir to another branch in Muhandiseen. Our student from Denmark reassured us of his well being: ‘Everything is fine here. I don’t think you will face any problem here as long as you stay away from Tahrir. They have taken well care of me and I have no problems.’ In early December, AMBergh’s partner in Alexandria confirmed that the situation was calm there: ‘No one expected that we would have elections so peaceful like that’. The situation in Luxor remained calm. 'Here, People are not interested in politics as much as in Cairo or Alexandria and other places’, said the Manager of the Language Institute in Luxor. (AMBergh News)
AMBergh launches Arabic online
Courses in Standard Arabic and Egyptian Dialect are now available online. All you need is a free Skype account and a headset to communicate with your teacher. Online courses cater for beginners as well as advanced students. Hasnaa, holder of a degree in simultaneous translation (Arabic-English) from Al-Azhar University, is currently the online teacher of AMBergh employee Viveka. ‘Through news articles, Hasnaa provides guidance in Arabic media vocabulary, grammar, as well as Egyptian local affairs. It is very interesting to be in direct contact with Cairo at this time of political change in Egypt’. (Ambergh News)
AMBergh courses in Syria suspended indefinitely
We stopped referring students to Syria in the spring of 2011. One partner in Syria confirmed their well-being in November, although ‘business was almost down to zero’. Our thoughts and best wishes go to the people of Syria as circumstances and everyday life have become more difficult for every day. (AMBergh News)
- Brush up your Arabic at home! Receive four lessons for free when booking an Arabic Online course of at least 20 lessons before 31 Jan 2012.
- Meknes, Morocco: in between snow capped mountains and desert dunes. Sign up for a course of at least two weeks and receive a free copy of the Al-Kitaab study book! Combined MSA+CA winter courses, 20 lessons per week, start 28 Dec.
Comments from students
“(T)he first two days have been great. Although the accommodation is basic, the family is very friendly and the food is fabulous. The teachers are skilled and despite the short time I feel I am learning relatively much. The train trip and transfer went well too.”
Jurjen L. (Netherlands) in Meknes