One-to-one classes (15 lessons / week) MSA or ECA

Ahlan Arabic Centre Cairo

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Course description

Modern Standard Arabic or Egyptian Colloquial Arabic one-to-one classes, 3 hours lessons - 5 days a week from Sunday to Thursday (morning, afternoon or evening time).
One-to-one classes are available all year-round, starting any day of the week.
The course is organized using several methods of teaching, including grammar, multi-media, literature, poetry, songs and movies.
The teachers are professional, highly experienced, native speakers, specialized in teaching Arabic to foreigners.
In addition to the classes, the course includes several extra activities such as evening seminars, week-end or one-day trips, language and culture exchanges with Egyptian students.

Course topics

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar and Activities

Class schedule

Course duration
1-52 weeks
Start dates
Every Sunday
Classes per week
15 lessons per week (each lesson lasts 55 min)
Class days
Monday - Thursday and Sunday
School holidays
19 Apr 2020 - 20 Apr 2020, 25 Apr 2020, 01 May 2020, 24 May 2020 - 28 May 2020, 30 Jun 2020, 30 Jul 2020, 02 Aug 2020 - 03 Aug 2020, 20 Aug 2020, 06 Oct 2020, 29 Oct 2020, 25 Dec 2020, 01 Jan 2021

Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.

Class level

All levels, beginner to advanced
You will take a placement test on your first day to determine your class level.

Class size

Average 1 student
Maximum 1 student

Student age

Age range 18 years old and older
Average 23 years old
(25 in the summer)

Certificate

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course.
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Reviews

93% recommend

based on 15 reviews
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"Amazing school, teachers and location :)."

Anonym, student from Germany

The offered programs of Ahlan are various, so you can go on learning how ever you like and feel. Also within time classes you are flexible for course changes or time outs for travelling around Egypt. The Ahlan team is so great and nice, you will feel comfortable timely if you are open minded. And if you need help in anyway? You will get it!

Thanks for everything.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
3 weeks
Date of study
7 Jul 2019 - 2 Aug 2019
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Great school, kind people, good teachers, interesting location"

Tijn van Emmerik, student from Netherlands

When I searched at the first day the location of Ahlan school it was pretty hard to find it.
Finally after asking some people and using my maps I founded the right place.
So as a feedback maybe they could place some signs.
When arrived the welcoming was really niced.
My teacher directly presented herself and I needed to do a test so they could check my level.
After finishing my test there was a kind boy who helped me with pronunciation.

During the two weeks I really enjoyed the lessons.
The teacher was able to speak English very well.
Besides that he had a really positive vibe.
I've heard there a hotels linked to the school but I already had another hotel booked.
Sometimes the students organised activities like having diner together or going to cultural places together.
After all I'am really happy with this experience in Cairo and at Ahlan.

Hope this is enough information.
Kind regards.

Tijn van Emmerik

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
28 May 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"I am an absolute beginner and my teacher, Yahia, was very patient, well-organized and excellent."

Samuel Cristler, student from USA

Location is excellent. It’s fun to have lunch in Khan el Khalili. All of the other faculty members seem to be excellent also, as the administrators.

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
2 Apr 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Fit my busy schedule, full-time job"

Nichole Harris, student from Egypt

Very flexible and accommodating: Because of my full-time job, I could only do class on Fridays and/or Saturdays when the school is closed, but they were very flexible in scheduling one-on-one tutoring for those days. They were also very flexible in creating a curriculum that included a blend of MSA and colloquial Egyptian. They were also very flexible in extending my lessons due my frequent travels that caused me to miss class.

Competent teachers: I began with one instructor for the first 20 or so weeks who was very good, but had to depart for a job overseas. My second instructor has also been very good. Ahlan Instructors are patient and especially good with explaining Arabic grammar which, for me, is very important in understanding and retaining the language. Instructors are also very nice and welcoming and enjoy helping students experience the culture of Cairo.

Acceptable location: I live in Cairo about a 20-30 minute Uber ride from the school so the location was not convenient for me in terms of being within walking distance of home. However, the school is located on the backside of the Khan e-Khalili shopping district so it is an ideal location for students to walk outside the school and practice Arabic at shops and restaurants.

Acceptable facilities: The school has separate furnished classrooms (with white boards), outdoor sitting areas, kitchen facilities, bathroom facilities, free Wi-Fi, and A/C (very important in the summer). Flies are bothersome, but that's typical everywhere in Cairo. Feral cats are also frequent visitors slipping into classrooms and meowing loudly for food (students should be careful as they may carry rabies). There was also staff available during my lessons offering tea and keeping the facilities clean.

Housing: Not applicable (I live in Cairo)

Activities: For the most part, my schedule would not allow me to participate in any of the cultural activities that Ahlan offers. I was able to participate in Iftar dinner hosted at the school because it occurred late enough after work. It was very nice. Plenty of good food and an opportunity for me to me other teachers and students that I normally don't have an opportunity to interact with. Very family-oriented feeling at Ahlan.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
30 weeks
Date of study
25 Feb 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"I had an unforgettable experience and was given every opportunity to both learn Arabic and explore Cairo and it's culture."

Jacob Kopfensteiner, student from USA

Ahlan Cairo is a language school that I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to study Arabic in Cairo, as there was a very good balance between studying and doing cultural activities, where you could explore Cairo and learn more about Egyptian culture. The class sizes were perfect for me, as I wanted to do a one on one course and get more personal attention. The classes were then tailored to me, based on what I wanted to learn or study. The school itself is located in Al-Gamaleya, which made the experience feel very authentic, as you get to see the old city of Cairo every single day. The housing was also excellent, as that was one thing I was worried about but I had no complaints or problems.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
7 weeks
Date of study
5 Jun 2016 - 29 Jul 2016
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Amazing school"

Lea Skriver, student from Denmark

Location was perfect and just 10 minutes from metro station. Facilities were excellent and the activities were great. The teacher and manager are super friendly.
I only missed having other students around because I was the only one in my class. It would be more fun to have someone in the same level as me to make homework and practice with in Arabic.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
4 weeks
Date of study
17 Jan 2016 - 19 Feb 2016
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
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"Formative and friendly. Thanks to Ahlan, I finally improved my Arabic!"

Donatella Mistretta

I'm a student of languages and I have studied in several private schools, so I can make a comparison. Ahlan has small classes with few students, divided by level. This was good for learning because the teachers give you full attention and involve you in the lesson. Having different teachers gives different learning methods, such as listening, dictation, grammar etc. The teachers were always available to help you if you had problems understanding, and they incited you to talk and practice the conversation. They had a good method of teaching Arabic to foreigners, which is what is sometimes difficult to find in others Arabic schools.

Talking about the general atmosphere, I never felt excluded; the entire staff had always done their best to make me feel at ease even with the different culture. They treated me with respect and cordiality.

Moreover, the school organized different activities, which allowed you to spend your time outside school, discovering Egypt.

Mr. Hamada, the director, was very helpful; he answered all my doubts and he helped me every time I needed help. He worried about everything until he was sure you had everything you need.

The nice thing about Ahlan is that you can learn and make friends, and feel like being in a big family. Even the cleaning lady was very nice to us. The last thing is the school location: Ahlan is on the old Islamic Cairo, which is the best place to see the real Egyptian life.

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Duration of study
3 weeks
Date of study
15 Mar 2015 - 9 Apr 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes

"The best way to understand a culture is to learn the language"

Isabelle Iskandar

I enjoyed my experience at school, especially the fact that I was living in the city where I was studying! The people were very kind and generous. I would however like to make more cultural visits in the city of Cairo. I liked the patience of the teacher. Some were a lot more organized than others in their working methods. The teaching method of Professor Omar was remarkable, because these courses were planned and he tracked back on the material covered in other courses. I believe this is essential to learning.

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Duration of study
4 weeks
Date of study
26 May 2015 - 23 Jun 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes

"An unforgettable human experience that allowed me to improve my language skills while meeting great friends and discovering the beauty of Egypt"

Philippe Michaud

The teachers are excellent, very competent and extremely professional. The school is located in a very nice historical area. When you enter the school, the staff makes you feel you are a part of their family. There is a very nice employee who cooks great authentic Egyptian food while helping you do your homework and practice speaking Arabic.

The administrators would do anything to make your stay enjoyable. They actually visit the country with you! They take care of everything. I was living in a nice flat, located about 5 minutes walk from Tharir square. Every single person that I met has become a great friend of mine. It's all about the people. Everyone is so kind.
There are no words to express how grateful I am to have met all these great people.

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Duration of study
8 weeks
Date of study
4 May 2015 - 4 Jul 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes

"A very good blend of language immersion with cultural experiences."

Michael Salvatore Wood, student from USA

I liked that the classes were smaller. It was more personal, which helped me learn the language. It was good that the teachers conducted the classes in Arabic as much as possible. This forced me to learn the language. Extra cultural experiences, trips, and lectures outside of class made the experience even more fulfilling. I felt that the location was very good. There were some nice little shops in the area surrounding the school. I walked there every day from the Arabian Nights hostel, which was a very nice walk for me. I liked the Arabian Nights hostel very much, but I think it was a better place for shorter stays.

If you will in Cairo for over a month, do not stay in the Arabian Nights hostel. If you will stay for less than a month, then the Arabian Nights hostel is a nice simple place. As for the teachers, I liked all of them. It felt very family-like, which helped in learning the language. The weekly activities were also amazing and I am glad that I had the opportunity to do some of those. I will hopefully return one day. I connected with a lot of good people.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
5 weeks
Date of study
30 Aug 2015 - 9 Oct 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Perfect time in Ahlan Egypt in Cairo"

Johanna Trittenbach, student from Germany

The staff at school, location and facilities were very nice. I learned a lot, since the school provides classes for every student, no matter which level they are in. What made the experience to study Arabic at Ahlan Egypt even more perfect were the countless activities after class.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
2 weeks
Date of study
30 Aug 2015 - 18 Sep 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
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"Great teaching in family atmosphere"

Annika Elsässer, student from Germany

Warm hearty atmosphere. Teaching was well prepared and included intuitive learning which I appreciate. Lessons were held in Arabic only where possible which was really helpful for the learning process. The staff was always very friendly caring and interested. I felt very much at home.

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Duration of study
4 weeks
Date of study
11 Jan 2015 - 13 Feb 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
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"Teaching Arabic by immersion"

André Hilal, student from Switzerland

I am back in Switzerland for a week now. All in all I had a good experience, of which the school was one part. I have relatives in Alexandria which I visited regularly on the weekends and I have friends in Cairo whom I met in the evenings.

I have applied for a class and for a one on one teaching; in the end I was the only student, so I had only one on one teaching. I was welcomed in a friendly way, by Ali the manager and Omar, the teacher.

I am a language teacher myself, so I am probably a very difficult student and in fact I judge the didactic quality varied. On the one hand the teaching material was all in Arabic and did not offer any vocabulary list, but I managed to do one by myself. On the other hand, with the help of the teacher I managed to get through the book quite well, but I must say it is not comparable with what I use in my teaching. As for the didactic techniques, the teacher used a variety of methods through the lessons, gave homework and checked it. But I hardly ever had the impression that he was in any way prepared. I am, of course, aware that I cannot expect Swiss quality.

My Arabic is now on a decent level, I can formulate sentences and speak to strangers who don't speak English, and that is due to the lessons; but I'd like to add that I did my homework and added two hours per day to the lessons, revising and studying.

The school is situated in an area that is considered the historic centre of Cairo, unfortunately that means only to a certain extent picturesque, the area (not the school) is rather dirty, but never dangerous. The call to prayer was extremely loud and disturbed the lessons very much. The house in which the school is in belongs to the FEDA, an organization which gives room to craftsmen. That makes it loud too, for hammering and so, but I liked the idea and I didn't find it disturbing.

The school offers an outing every night, I accepted it once, since I had a lot of friends in Cairo, it was a very nice Sufi dance. Every day, we had a breakfast with local traditional food, which I liked very much.

My main issue concerning this school is the staff, not so much as professionals, but rather their way of thinking: Ali the manager is from upper Egypt, not from Cairo and has a wife there who can not come to see him. He speaks openly about wanting to get married to another woman in Cairo since he is fascinated with their libertine ways, although he cannot understand that women in Cairo walk without men at their side.

Omar the teacher, when I answered to his question, what is east of Egypt, there is Israel, said, no Israel does not exist, it's Palestine.

The (female) servant was veiled with a face cover that allowed to see only her eyes. I didn't like that so much, although the lady was very nice.

I can accept that people think the way they think, especially since this gave me an insight in a way of thinking which seems to be very common in Egypt, but this school is oriented to westerners and it belongs to an Italian. So I expect the staff to be aware about their clients' open minded thinking and not to let their thinking shine through too much.

All in all, I learned a lot in this school, not only linguistically, but socio-politically as well, but that part was not easy to digest.

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My ratings for this school

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Duration of study
2 weeks
Date of study
22 Dec 2014 - 9 Jan 2015
Would you recommend this school?
No
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.
Hamada Salah,, General Director at Ahlan Arabic Centre Cairo responded to this review.
18 April 2015

Dear Mr Hilal,

Having read your feedback, I feel it is my duty to respond to you personally. I am glad to hear that, on the whole, your experience of Egypt was good. As you are no doubt aware, Egypt has been adversely affected by both the revolution and the Middle East conflicts along its borders. As a result, tourism is down and students are few. Therefore, we appreciate your visit all the more and take your comments seriously.

Egyptians are very friendly people, so it pleases me to hear that the staff were welcoming. Your assumption to expect less of the teaching methodology here is correct, although your vocabulary list suggestion is excellent and we shall put this into action for future students.

I was pleased to read that your Arabic has improved as a result of the course and that you also understand the importance of the homework and self-study. Not all students are as diligent. Your comments about the setting of the school will be useful to those people who have never travelled to Cairo before and will let them know what to expect upon arrival.

My main issue concerning your feedback was the personal comments about the staff. The review page should not be used as a forum to make judgements about individuals or their religious beliefs. There are no 'servants' at this school, we are all staff. At Ahlan Egypt, if a woman chooses to wear a nicab then this is her choice. As long as staff are friendly and helpful, they are welcome to work in our school.

With regard to the temporary manager (who was working there at the time of your visit), I accept that his personal opinions may have offended you and that they may have been inappropriate comments. However, to state your understanding of his opinions on a public web page is equally inappropriate. Finally, your statement about the teacher being drawn into a political conversation was alarming. Obviously, I have reminded staff that Ahlan Egypt is not a political or religious institution and therefore no opinions can be expressed on these matters, even if pressed.

I hope we have dealt with the feedback to your satisfaction.

Kindest regards,

"A very rewarding challenge in one of the most stimulating places in the world"

Melanie Pitkin, student from Australia

I very much liked studying Arabic in Islamic Cairo and found this to be a much more dynamic and authentic experience. It was great having intensive private classes, and the teachers/staff were very friendly. I was disappointed that there weren't any cultural activities offered (it was a very quiet time at the school) and it was also quite frustrating that I wasn't able to have morning classes every day - but the staff did try to be understanding about this.

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29 Dec 2015 - 2 Jan 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
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"Great experience in Cairo"

Katharina Wehinger, student from Germany

My time here in Cairo is amazing. I am having Arabic lessons in the morning, it is one to one because there was nobody else on my level and therefore very intensive, and in the afternoon we are having each day different activities. I really like my lessons, my teacher is good and patient. The school is really nice, the facilities are very good and everybody is totally friendly and helpful. Any question can be asked and they try to do everything to make you feel good. There is always time for having a tea together, for a talk, for a joke... I am not only learning Arabic, but also a lot about the people, culture and the current situation in Egypt. I am living in a shared apartment with another girl who is also studying at school. The place is really nice.

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Duration of study
3 weeks
Date of study
27 Jan 2013 - 14 Feb 2013
Age group
25 - 34
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.
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Housing

Ahlan Arabic Centre offers the following housing types:
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Shared apartment - 2-person shared room - No meals

S$ 61
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Location: In the city center of Cairo
Housing type: Shared apartment
Room type: 2-person shared room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, and other
Distance to school: 15 - 25 minutes by other
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Saturday, after 01:00 PM
Check-out: Friday, before 12:00 PM
S$ 61
Apartments are generally assigned ten days before your departure date.
The apartments are "good Egyptian standard”, which would translate roughly to middle class quality by western standards.
The apartments are usually mixed-gender but rooms are allocated on a male/female basis.
All apartments are furnished and equipped with kitchen facilities (oven, dishes, cutlery, refrigerator…).
Apartments do not include AC but they have fan. In summer time, the apartments have AC.
Apartments do not include towels so you will need to supply them yourself.
If something is broken or missing when you arrive, you must inform the Ahlan Arabic Centre’s apartment manager immediately.
On the last day of your stay the apartment manager will inspect your accommodation to make sure that nothing is broken or missing. Any broken or missing items will have to be paid for before your security deposit is returned.
For those who are not staying for a full month there is not a reduction in the cost of this kind of accommodation.
The flat will be available starting on Saturday evening before the beginning of the course and check out will be on Friday mormning. If you need to stay on more, you should book an alternative accommodation (usually a hotel or a room in a convent) for any additional day.

Shared apartment - Single-person room - No meals

S$ 121
weekly
Age range: 18 years old and older
Location: In the city center of Cairo
Housing type: Shared apartment
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: No meals
Facilities: Kitchen, laundry, wireless internet, free internet, and other
Distance to school: 15 - 25 minutes by train or subway
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Saturday, after 01:00 PM
Check-out: Friday, before 12:00 PM
S$ 121
Apartments are generally assigned ten days before your departure date.
The apartments are "good Egyptian standard”, which would translate roughly to middle class quality by western standards.
The apartments are usually mixed-gender but rooms allocated on a male/female basis.
All apartments are furnished and equipped with kitchen facilities (oven, dishes, cutlery, refrigerator…).
Apartments do not include AC but they have fan. In summer time, the apartments have AC.
Apartments do not include towels so you will need to supply them yourself.
If something is broken or missing when you arrive, you must inform the Ahlan Arabic Centre’s apartment manager immediately.
On the last day of your stay the apartment manager will inspect your accommodation to make sure that nothing is broken or missing. Any broken or missing items will have to be paid for before your security deposit is returned.
For those who are not staying for a full month there is not a reduction in the cost of this kind of accommodation.
The flat will be available starting on Saturday evening before the beginning of the course and check out will be on Friday morning. If you need to stay on more, you should book an alternative accommodation (usually a hotel or a room in a convent) for any additional day.
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Visa support

We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.

Your letter of acceptance will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you.

Flights and airport transfer

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