Saturday, December 24, 2005

Describing Alea

To describe a teacher is a challenging task on the part of student. There are two appearances of every person to describe them with. Firstly, external appearance , which refers to physical looks. Secondly, internal appearance, which deals with behavior and attitude of an individual.

Being a student of teacher Alea, I can describe her as a workaholic and a jolly person. Regarding her relationship with her students, she is tough but easy to deal with inside and outside the classroom, but on a final exam of IELTS . she is a terror according to someone who had undergone this fate. In her family, based on how she speaks about them, she's a faithful wife and full of concern for her husband and the best mother of her children , and the most trustworthy and kindhearted person, full of love respect and understanding and determination.

About her physical appearance, I think in her twenties!! She's very pleasant, with lots of sex appeal to overwhelm Mr. Abduz's heart. Even now, she's holding a beauty of her own. Beauty is in the eye of the holder.

Victoria D. Molon
IELTS Preparation

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The English Language

The English language is used commonly in the world, that's why it's important to be learnt. Most universities use the English language to teach courses, and a lot of companies use it in their work, especially in documentation. When one wants to study books, especially scientific books, he needs to know English language, because most of the books are written in English. Also we need to learn it to protect ourselves against the evil of others, because the messenger of Allah, Mohammed, said 'Anyone who learns the language of others protects himself against their evils.'

Salem M. Elhawat

Monday, December 12, 2005

Women in Islam

'Women in Islam' was the title of last nights lecture given by Haleh Afshar of York University. The lecture was one in a series of lectures sponsored by the British Council and the Academy of Graduate Studies, Janzour.

Students of Yethreb School attended the lecture.


Intense discussion followed the lecture. Here is Feras Mohamed, a Yethreb School student, taking part in the discussion.

The next lecture in the series will be on January 15th, 2006 and is titled 'Drugs, causes, symptoms and solutions' by guest speaker Colonel Adnan Frelh.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Here's is an interesting website that lists English words of Arabic orgin. Click on the image above to visit the website.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Dreams often come true

I believe in the notion that dreams can come true no matter how hard or far they seem. Being an intellectual, I have wide-ranging ambitions. Some of my future dreams center around my profession, dentistry.

I plan to establish a specialized dental centre for which I will devote my experience, efforts and money. I may open this new microfinance project in my country, Iraq, when I return. This project may include all dental services such as exodentia, periodentia, paedodontia and a highly qualified dental implantation section.

Being the owner of the business and professional and specialized dentist, I will try to employ qualified professional dentists from both sexes. In addition to their work efficiency, they should be of pleasant character, show respect to patients, highly committed and tolerant.

As it is a polyclinic including different specialized clinics, I will pay special attention to the dental implantation section. I have an excellent background in this field, owing to the fact that I receive local and international intensive training from international consultants. And also it is relatively new and hot branch of dentistry, which attracts many potential patients.

My future plan will not only secure financial benefits, but it'll also benefit many people who will enjoy a good and relatively reasonable cost of dental care.

Dr. Ahmed Hashim Hussein
Ielts Preparation

JoJo it goes

To start with, when I started my business, I didn't even know how to spell entrepreneur, and although that's true, my point is that not everyone grows up believing that they will own a business. However, I believe now that most entrepreneurs do have certain character traits that lend themselves to this way of life. And I discovered mine by accident.

Motivated by a passionate belief that the Internet was the future of communication and community, my entire business model revolves around it. My long-term goal is to create a business, which can grow, and shape, shift based on my needs, and the needs of my clients. I have been building the business from the ground with a foundation intended for growth, and change. In the early stages, I developed policies and processes, documenting everything as I went. I set up systems that can grow and be managed by others, at the time that I hire an assistant. My intent is to harness the talents of other independent, virtual professionals who can provide other strengths and services. Gradually, I am setting up systems between clients, myself and associates, as well as peers that network and share knowledge with. I want an organization that associates are proud to be affiliated with. I want to continue creating customers, who couldn't dream of going anywhere else because they know that with 'JoJo it goes!' they will get what they need, no worries.

To honor the dream of other virtual professionals who wish to remain independent yet strong, following their own paths, but alone. At the same time, I am deeply committed to bringing the information age to small-business owners, and showing them how to harness today and tomorrow's technologies so they can grow their businesses.

This is the foundation of my business today, and how it is reflected in my visions for tomorrow.

Josephine John
Ielts preparation

Monday, November 21, 2005

My Last Holiday

I went to Zalitun last summer with my family 'my mother and my father'. We travelled by car and we stayed in my aunt's home. I visited all my relatives there and I saw sheep, chickens and beautiful trees. I met everybody that I like there. I made a cake and bazeen (traditional Libyan food) because people there like bazeen so much. I enjoyed the holiday very much and I stayed for two weeks. It was very interesting.

Nabila Salem

Rabia's Last Holiday

I went with my friends to the beach. We got up early at eight o'clock and spent my time doing different things with my friends in the summer when the weather was sunny and the sea was warm and quiet. We took some food, chairs and umbrellas. There we swam, played football and we rode in a boat. We ate a good lunch, a very delicious chicken, fish, pizza, hamburgers and ice cream after sunbathing with my friends. We drank fruit juices. I usually go to the sea with my friends. It is interesting but sometimes I like to stay at home and enjoy playing on the computer, games, books and watching TV.

Rabia Zreaba

Leptis Magna - Libya

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November Trip

On the first of November my friends and I went to Libda (Leptis Magna) by my car from the morning to the night. We brought our food and soft drinks and made barbeque on the beach. We took photographs, played football and sang Libyan songs. When we finished we cleaned the place and put all the things in the car and returned to Tripoli. We enjoyed it so much.

Mohamed Ahmad

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

All about me

I am Asma Al-Shawesh. I will tell you about myself, my past, my hobbies and my dreams.

I was born in Tripoli on 12th of June 1981. My father is a doctor and my mother is a teacher and my two sisters and my brother are all younger than me.

Since I was a child I was a very ambitious girl, always seeking the better and attempting to be the best. I always was the first in my class. I was really interested in one thing: reading. I like to read magazines, stories and scientific books about different sciences and my family was always encouraging me, and still reading is my favorite hobby until now.

As a teenager, I couldn't decide whether to be a doctor or a computer engineer, but at the age of 16 I chose to be a doctor. That was my goal, especially after I lived in Vienna for 6 years and I saw how the doctors worked hard, and how the people respect them.

So, I started to study medicine. It was very difficult, but interesting at the same time, but I did my best and I graduated as a doctor on April 2005. Now I'm very happy in my job. I have an interest to deal with different cases and always try to do my best to make my patients happy.

My dreams and goals never stop at this level. My next goal is to be widely known psychiatric specialist, and I will learn more, read more and work more to achieve my goals.

Asma Al-Shawesh
IELTS preparation


I'm Josephine, an Indian residing in Libya. I'm a nurse and came to Libya in 1985 to work in Central Hospital, Sebha.

I became a nurse, because since the age of 10, I've always had an ambition in my life to help the sick and old people. So, I decided to do nursing and finished my training in 1982 in an Irish institution at Bangalore, India. I got the opportunity to work abroad. I came to Libya since my sister was already working here and heard a lot about Libya.

When I landed in Sebha, Libya, and realized I was in the Sahara Desert, all my dreams shattered. Even though I'm a sociable and culturally active person, I adjusted gradually to the kind of atmosphere. I enjoyed working in the hospital and especially taking care of the old people. The turning point in my life was when I married a person working in Libya.

Now I'm living in Tripoli with my husband and two lovely daughters. We go to India for holiday every year. I've keen interest in cooking, listening to music, watching television, and searching the Internet.

My future plan is to go to the UK to work and to gain more professional competence and also for my children's further education.

Josephine John
IELTS preparation

Monday, November 14, 2005

Lecture series sponsored by British Council and the Academy of Graduate Studies

On Sunday 13th November the British Council and the Academy of Graduate Studies hosted a lecture titled 'Women as Entrepreneurs'. It was the first lecture in a discussion series tackling diverse and controversial topics.

The next lecture will be on Sunday 27 November and covers the topic 'Sustainable Tourism'. The IELTS and FCE students will be discussing this topic in their classes before the lecture. If you don't have a worksheet about the topic, please ask your teacher for it. We hope that our students at Yethreb School will be prepared to join in the discussion following the lecture which will be given by May Cassar. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Things that make you happy

1. Hearing your favourite song.

2. A good conversation.

3. Finding 10 dinars in your coat from last winter.

4. Watching the sun set.

5. Having someone tell you you are beautiful (or handsome).

6. Friends.

7. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep before you have to get up.

8. Sweet dreams.

9. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.

10. Giggling.

11. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

12. No lines at the supermarket.

Now it's your turn!
Click on comment and tell us 'What makes you happy?'

Monday, September 26, 2005


The staff at Yethreb School would like to offer you warm wishes for Ramadan.

We will be taking a break for the month of Ramadan but we will be resuming classes on November 5th, 2005.

When we resume we will be offering the following courses:

  • Beginner through Upper Intermediate English

Preparation courses for the Cambridge suite of exams:

  • Key English Test (KET)
  • Preliminary English Test (PET)
  • First Certificate of English (FCE)
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)
  • Business English Certificate (BEC)

Other courses offered:

  • Preparation for the IELTS exam
  • English for specialized purposes - medical, scientific etc.
  • Speaking & Conversation Classes
  • We will also continue to offer private 'one on one' lessons.

    If you are interested in enrolling in a course or have any questions, please stop by the school or contact us.

    Wishing you once again a tranquil Ramadan.

    The Staff of Yethreb School

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Tripoli - near The Green Square at night

The food in Libya

More than 50% of Libya's food is imported from outside. But the main products are olives, citrus, fruits, vegetables, dates, fish and a small quantity of wheat and barley.

Breakfast is usually a light meal - tea and a roll or bread, or dough sweetened with date syrup and honey. It's called asida.

The lunch in Libya is between 12 o'clock and 2:30 p.m. and the food is a mixture between Arabic and Italian cooking. Lamb, chicken, beef, beans and fish. A popular dishes include bazine, steamed rice, rishda and cous cous with chopped lamb and vegetables in tomato. Traditionally, people eat with the fingers of the right hand (the left hand is considered unclean and is not useed).

The dinner in Libya is usually soup, pasta, or macaroni (mobkhbaka).

Tea and coffee
Tea and coffee or very popular in Libya. Libyan tea is a combination of green tea and mint leaves. People drink it hot with foam, almonds, and plenty of sugar. Libyan coffee, is thick, black and very sweet.


Libyan foods

In Libya there are many kinds of foods like couscous, bazine, rishda and osban (sausages). Some of it we eat with our fingers like the bazine and asida. Some of the foods we use bread to pick up the food like tabikha. Other foods we eat with spoons like couscous and rishda.

Every season, we have kinds of food you must make, for example, in the small Eid we do many kinds of sweets like magrod, gharaiba, and baklawa. In the big Eid we make Ghaded. It's a delicious kind of food, and sausages. The favorite food, we make in Meloud is asida which we each with our fingers. Some cities in Libya to another kind of food in the eve of holidays, like Misrata, they make a kind of food called ftat. They make it in weddings.

The best food, which I like is couscous. It's so delicious.


Acquired Intelligence

Is possible that educational institutes and certificates are the only witness for someone's intelligence? Apparently, it's not, because everyone has its own special interests, where he can improve his skills.

There are many people who had leave school at the age of 16 yet go on to have successful careers. This is often particularly true of people with practical skills such as carpenters or plumbers. Although they may not have passed many exams at school, they have successfully learnt a trade or skill which definitely requires intelligence. There are also further examples of people who have not achieved academic success in education.

It cannot be denied that creative or artistic ability is another form of intelligence. Musicians have the skills to perform complex pieces of music, while artists can create beautiful pieces of work through painting and sculpture.

A final example of another aspect of intelligence is knowledge, which people often acquire through self-study or experience. They may not have done well in school or university, but have become educated by learning about a subject independently or by dealing with a variety of real-life situations and problems. Indeed, there are many highly qualified, successful people who lack 'commonsense' and who would be less able to cope with such difficulties.

Consequently, it's hard to illustrate intelligence depending on the results of an exam, because a lot of people don't have the will to study, who missed the required encouragement from their families. But on the other hand, they are more motivated in real life, and they may strongly establish the identity of themselves.

Yasmina A. Hingari
Ielts Preparation

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Libya is my country

Tripoli is the capital of Libya. Tripoli has everything you may need to spend an interesting vacation. I will tell you some information about it.

The best times to visit are spring and autumn becuase the weather is very hot in summer and so cold and windy in winter.

There are cheap hotels such as Door of the Sea, Dooor of the City and some private hotels. A room is about 30 - 50 Euros a night. There are many five star hotels such as The Grand Hotel, Almahari and Corinthis. A room is about 100 Euros.

Tripoli has old and new buildings; there are fantastic beaches an a long sea-board from Algarhpoli, Tajoura to Janzour. You can visit the castle museum. It's a wonderful place in the old city. It's called the Red Government House Museum. And you can go tot he Omar Alkiam Cinema or Alzhra Cinama in the evening. There are many internet cafes and coffee shops. For shopping you can walk to the First September Street.

There are many cheap restaurants, and the Libyan food is very delicious.

The best way to travel is by taxi, mini cab or mini bus, and you can ride a bike or go on foot.

I wish a good journey for you!

Elmhdi M Mahud

My city

I live in Simferopol. It's the capital city of Crimea. It's beautiful, it has old and new buildings. Simferopol is a very green city. All seasons visit my very nice city.
Simferopol has cheap and expensive hotels. The best hotels, 'Moscow' and 'Ukraine' are in the centre.

My city has theatres and cinemas. There are wonderful parks. The best shops are in Pushkin Street and Kirov Street.

For night life there are clubs and bars in many places. There are restaurants from many countires - Russian, Turkish, Chinese and Ukrainian. The food is delicious.

There are fast trains, buses and taxis.


My living room

My living room is not very big, but it's rather light. There's a sofa and there are two soft chairs. There's a wardrobe and there's a small table with a TV on it. There are bookshelves on the wall and there are some books. There's a carpet on the floor.

It's a very comfortable room. I am happy to have such a room.

Olga Nyahukova

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

My Grandmother

When I was a child, I used to count the wrinkles on her face. Surely, there were over a hundred, but I couldn't reach more than that at that time. Her eyelids were droopy so that you would always get the feeling that she was sleeping. On the other hand, she was very energetic.

She would put her warm smile over family conflicts and solve them. Her echoing laugh would fill the hall during family reunions. Although she was grossly overweight, she would always refuse to accept that. She used to wear a scarf to cover her hair and a traditional cloak on top of a nightgown.

She used to get up early in the morning to feed the chickens and piled the haystack for the sheep to eat. One day I asked her "What makes you do this job daily?" and she said, "Grandson, some things you can't give up when you reach my age."

I suppose that's why my grandmother is my favourite relative.

Wissam Muhammed Frandah
IELTS Preparation

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

A Hero!

Two years ago I decided to take karate lessons to protect myself and my family. And that was a really good idea. I joined a karate club with my friends, but the problem was that I was a little bit short, but that does not mean that I am not a good player.

Anyway, one day while I was out shopping with my friend I saw a woman coming out of the bank. She looked rich because she was wearing nice clothes with a smart briefcase. I noticed a young man behind her. Suddenly he took her briefcase so fast and she started to scream. The man was running toward me so I stopped him and gave him some lessons! I took the briefcase that he had stolen from the lady and I returned it to the woman.

She was so happy. She told the police that I was a hero.

Nadia Ali
PET preparation

Monday, July 25, 2005

My friend Malak

My friend's name is Malak. She is studying in the third year in Ali Syala School. She is a clever student. She lives with her family in Zaweet Aldahmani in Tripoli. She has two sisters, one of them is married and she has a son. Her son's name is Ashrof. Malak has three brothers. One of them died last summer. Her mother's a teacher and her father's a doctor.

Amera Kalifa
B2 (Elementary)

My friend Ruhaifa

My friend's name is Ruhaifa. She is 18 years old. She lives in Tripoli, Libya. She is a generous girl and nice. She has long hair and brown eyes. She is very nice.

Ruhaifa has three sisters (Ruwaida, Rehab and Sara) and she hasn't any brothers. Her father is a supervisor in the oil organization and her mother is a housewife. This is her family. They are very nice and friendly. I like visiting them, and I like when they visit us too.

Ruhaifa is a student in the secondary schol. It's called Ali Syala School. She is with me in the same classroom. We are studying together every year. We are like sisters. I love her very much and she loves me too. She tells me her secrets and I tell her about my secrets too because she is very secretive and I am too. She is my best friend.I feel if she is sad or happy or angry and I know why she is happy or sad. And she feels for me too. I ask God to keep her for me. Really we are like sisters.

'Perhaps you have a brother that your mother didn't give birth to.'

Sarah Farag Abdulrahman
B2 (Elementary)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Sabratha, Libya

One rainy winter night . . .

One rainy winter night while I was sleeping, suddenly I woke up. The rain was knocking at my window with a very loud noise. That night was very cold and dark. My family was in their rooms sleeping. Nothing was moving inside the house, only the trees, or the phone cable dancing, or nature's music. Suddenly I heard a cat. I checked window to find out -- yes it was a cat! I asked myself 'How did she climb the tree and jump into my window?' Then I took it inside and I dried it and then I went to the kitchen and got a dish of milk for the cat. Before going to bed, I decided to call her Nanny and took her on to my lap and hugged her and I said to myself 'Im really in love with her'.


Monday, July 11, 2005

Meet Sarah

Me and my family .

I'm from Gharian in Libya, and I'm 17 years old. I have wonderful parents. I love them very much. They love their children and they think that children are gift from God. My father is a doctor in the sciences College and my mother is a housewife. I have five brothers and I don't have any sisters, but I don't care about it. My oldest brother is married. His wife is very nice. She is like my sister. My brothers names are Husam, and Zeyad, and Alwalid, Sufian and Assem. The Husam's and engineer, he was in Cassino Italy to take his masters, Zeyad is engineer too. He's studying in the United States of America. Alwalid is an engineer, but he stays in Libya. Sufian and is a fourth year student in medical college. The last one is Assem. He is the youngest in my family, usually we see him like a baby, he is 13 years old.

I love my brothers. They are my lifes light, but my parents are my life. I can't live in this world without them. 'Life without parents is like 50 without a five.' After that I want to talk about my parents. My father is a serious man , he is a cultured and perfect father. I say that not because he is my father, but it's a fact. However, my mother is funny and very generous. This is my family. I'm happy that I have them and I ask God every day to keep them for me.

Me and my work.

I'm a student. I'm studying in secondary school. I like going to school and I enjoy studying my subjects. When I meet with my friends. I love them very much, but my best friend is Ruhaifa. My friends and I talk about our secrets together between lessons or during the rest period and laugh about funny things. Sometimes we talk together about something, until we quarrel, but no one allows herself to continue the discussion because she's frightened to loose her friends.

Me and my home.

We have a big house in Tripoli, but my home is in Gharian. I like it very much. We have a wonderful flat there. In our house there are four bedrooms, the bathroom, a living room, kitchen and there is an office for my father. It has a lot of books, and a big room for visitors. We have a garden where we grow a lot of plants. Our garden is like a jungle.

Me and my free time.

Often, I have a lot of free time. In it I read books, use the computer, study the English language, watch films and listen to some Quran.

Sarah Farag Abdulrahman

Meet Zeinaldeen

Me and my family.

I'm from Palestine. I'm in Tripoli, in Libya, and I'm 32 years old. I'm married and my wife's name is -- --. She is a housewife. We have one daughter. She is very beautiful. I have two brothers and four sisters. They live in Tripoli too.

Me and my work.

I'm a telecommunications engineer, so I work in a private company. I enjoy my work very much. I like it because I get good experience. I work about nine or 10 hours per day.

Me and my home.

We have a house in Tripoli but my best home is in Palestine. We have a small house there. There are about four roomsand the house is very hot so many times the air-conditioner is working. We have a garden, where we grow mint and flowers.

Me and my free time.

Well, I have very little free time but when I can I like taking my family for a journey. We play, eat, drink and talk for hours. I love my country. I like all kinds of cars, but especially the BMW.

Zeinaldeen M. Abd-alatiff

Meet Siraj

Me and my family.

My name's Siraj. I live in Tripoli, Libya. I'm 18 years old. I live with my mother and father. I have one brother and three sisters. My father has a shop in Benashur. My mother is a school teacher.

Me and my work.

When I'm not studying I help my father in our shop. I enjoy working with my father, because I meet lots of interesting people.

Me and my home.

I live in Benashur in a large house. We have eight large rooms and two gardens and one large garage.

Me and my free time.

Well, I have very little free time, but when I can I like going to the cafe with my friends and sometimes we play snooker.


Meet Ibrahim

Me and my family.

I'm from Tripoli in Libya and I'm 16 years old. I have six brothers and one sister. I live in Wadi-rabii, in the south of Tripoli, with my father, mother and grandparents. My father works in a company and my mother is a teacher.

Me and my work.

I'm a student in secondary school. I have many friends in my school. I like history and English, but I don't like geography.

Me and my home.

We have a house on the farm. It's a very beautiful house. It's got seven rooms, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen. In my farm we grow lots of trees and fruit.

Me and my free time.

Now it is the summer holiday because school is closed, so we have a long holiday. We can go on many tours and picnics and I can go with my family to the zoo and do many special things. I like playing football, basketball and watching TV.

Ibrahim Kamaladien

Meet Abear

My family and me.

I'm from Tripoli, in Libya, and I'm 25 years old. I have two sisters and two brothers. My father's name is Omar, he is a financial consultant. My mother is a housewife. She is lovely and beautiful. She can speak two languages - Arabic and French. Amina is the most wonderful mother in the world.

My home and me.

To we have a big house in Tripoli. It's modern, comfortable and large. There are about 14 rooms. Thanks God for this gift too! Also, we have a small farm. I like to go there, where I have a nice time with my lovely cat. We play, and play and play!!

My free time and me.

OK, I have a little free time, because I study in two places; an English course with pretty, lovely, fantastic, super teacherAlea, and also I study in university. So I have little free time, but when I can I like to go shopping and see my cousins. I enjoyed them very much. We sit, and talk for hours! And other days, I like to stay-at-home and just relax and watch TV. Thanks God for this interesting life.

Abear Frewan

Sunday, July 03, 2005

In the old city - Tripoli, Libya

How I like to spend Friday

I prefer to spend my time in different ways. It depends on many things - my mood, my work, the season, or the weather.

In the summertime if the weather is good, and the sea is calm I like to go to the beach with my friends. We take some food, chairs and umbrellas. There we can swim, play volleyball and become sunburned. But when the weather is windy we like to go to the forest. We have a very delicious chicken or fish barbecue, play football or just talk and enjoy our company.

Also, I like to travel, to see local sites, historical places and the beauty of nature, and of course of as a lot of women, I like to go shopping, and no bad weather can stop me!

But sometimes I like to stay at home and read an interesting book or play computer games, listen to good music and do some needlework or just watch TV.

Tatyana Khoruzha

What are you doing on Friday?

My family decided to go to the beach in order to spend a nice time in the fresh air. My family are going to go on a picnic at the beach on Friday. My father and my mother prepare for our picnic. We get up early at seven o'clock. I invited my best friend Maria to come with us. We eat a good breakfast, then we play football and volleyball. After playing we are going to swim in the sea for half an hour. After swimming, we're going to listen to music. My favorite music is pop music. My best friend and I love playing chess, so we are going to take a chess game with us. My father and mother are going to play cards. In the afternoon we're going to have lunch together. We're going to drink tasty juices like mango juice. After having lunch with going to take a nap under the umbrella. After having an nap, we're going to swim again. After swimming, we're going to go on the beach and eat and ice cream .

In the evening we're going to the fish restaurant near the beach. I think we're going to have a lot of fun at Golden Beach.

Amna Elsyed

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Question Time!

Mrs Khadija is American - but what are her origins? Where are her ancestors from?

Do you know the answer? Tell your teacher next time you go to class.
You will earn a gold star!

The last question: Take the letters ERGRO. Put three letters in front of it, and the same three letters behind to form a common English word. What is the word?

The answer: underground

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Making Friends & Learning English

Yethreb School is a special place to learn English and make friends. Here are some students from the Beginner class.

The Young Learners class is having fun in the computer lab.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

My most important day

I was thinking about the most important day in my life and suddenly I remembered that day which I chose my way when I decided to study computer engineering because I was so confused between engineering and medicine. My family told me that it was only me who had to make that choice because it's my life.

On that day I decided to be a computer engineer so I completed my requirement file (secondary certification, my marks, etc.) and I went to the engineering college to register. I found a crowd of students with a long queue of students and student's fathers who wanted to register in the same faculty. I stayed in this queue from 9:30am to 3:00pm. I know it's a long time but I never minded.

Now I have graduated and I have a job. Until now I think it's the most important day in my life.

Abdulkhalk Ben Lama
PET preparation

Friday, June 17, 2005

Picture Match - This is a nice game for beginners! Match the pictures to the sounds of the letters. Click on the picture to visit the website.

Do you want to learn how to write a letter? Click on the picture above to go to a fun website that will show you how to write a letter from start to finish!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Long love story

I'll tell you the story of a sweet guy and girl. Actually, they are my neighbours. When I was six years old, I used to carry the love letters between them. Really, although they were very young at the time, I thought they were a nice couple and a match made in heaven.

They fell in love, and they were extremely comfortable and happy together, like two peas in a pod. He was a Mr. Right for her as ever, and was ready for his marriage after his graduation from the Faculty of Trade and Economy.

I'll not forget the day after his graduation, when he got down on one knee to pop the question. Their happy day was very exciting and perky. Because of the long-duration of their relationship some of their neighbors thought it could have been a shotgun wedding. But I am sure it was not.

In spite of tying the knot twenty-two years ago, they are still in love with each other and I am sure they will continue to love each other until death to them part.

(This was written using as many of the assigned phrases and vocabulary as possible!)

Khalid Mohammed
Ielts Preparation

Question Time!

Take the letters ERGRO. Put three letters in front of it, and the same three letters behind to form a common English word. What is the word?

Do you know the answer? Tell your teacher next time you go to class.
You will earn a gold star!


The last question: Mrs Brown's bungalow is decorated entirely in pink. The carpet, lampshades, ceiling, walls etc are all pink. What colour are her stairs?

The answer: There are no stairs in a bungalow!

ABC's for Young Learners

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My last holiday

Last year I went on holiday with my wife. We went to England. We stayed in a hotel. The people were very friendly and the food was delicious. Our hotel was very new and comfortable, but it was expensive.

Everyday we played table tennis. We sometimes ate in restaurants. The weather was cool, but it was very nice. We had a good time with my family.

I will go to England next summer with my beautiful teacher Mrs Alea.


My holiday last summer

I went on holiday with my family. We went to Tunis. We stayed in a hotel. Everyday we went swimming in the sea. We sometimes went to fish restaurants. The weather was very hot. We didn't have any problems.


Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Choose a room to decorate . . .

Here is a fun website! Choose a room to decorate and learn the names of all the things in the room. Click on the picture above to go to the website or click on this link:

I admire my father

My father was a good example for me. He was hard-working for all his life, he was a farmer, he planted a lot of olive trees. When he was 20 years old, he came from Mesellata to Tripoli, with the olive oil caravan as one of the protectors and supporters.

The caravan was composed of carrying camels and horses, covered by the stronger youth of the Kabila. The caravan started the trip from Messelata to Tripoli. It took three days to arrive to the Tripoli oil market in Arashid Street, Syalla Building. The caravan was protected by strong, brave youth that were selected by the Kabila to support the caravan from the enemies.

My father in his youth was fearless and courageous. On one of the caravan trips it was attacked and stopped by robbers armed only with manual objects on a dark winter night. They fought with the caravan guardians and my father was wounded. They hit his head with an axe, and his head was split open. Before that, he showed extreme coverage. After the battle stopped, the caravan was successful, and continued its trip to Tripoli, without any damage.They left my father behind.

My father was treated by an old woman, who was a voluntary assistant. She poured ground coffee powder into the wound to stop the bleeding, and she bounded it with hemp cord. He stayed in a coma for about 30 days, and he stayed with that old woman in her hut for about two months until he was healed. She saved his life, and he returned back to Mesellata.

In Mesellata he was received by the beating of drums and the ladies shrill. All the Kabila came out. They were very happy for the champion Mesellati returning back.

This story happened when my father was 20 years old. My father lived to be 113. He lived a long, healthy life, and always encouraged me to courageous and not to be aggressive and to be respectable. I admire my father and I hope to keep my father's memories alive for myself, my children and my grandchildren. He was not a murderer, but was a defender.

My father's education level was only reading and writing the Koran. He never missed the time for prayer out of the mosque.

May God have mercy on him.

Mohsen Mesellati

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Online Listening Quizzes

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I admire our planet

I admire many beautiful things made by God, but nature is the thing I admire most. I always think about it when I start drawing in my spare time. I usually imagine the sea and the sky's colours. How they change gradually at sunset. It's very nice. And also the fullmoon rising in a mountainous region, gives you a good chance to compare between the day view and the night view. It's amazing!

I admire the marine life that I always watch on TV. I wish I could scuba dive. It would be very nice to move and swim among the huge colorful fish and plants.

I admire the singing, coloured birds. I like them so much, I've a very beautiful singing bird in my house. It always wakes me up early.

Nature is the most valuable thing we've got on our planet. We have to keep our planet clean from anything that would pollute it.

Younis Mohamed
PET Preparation

The person who I admire . . .

In fact, I admire two people, Mom and Dad. Even if I write all the words about them, it will not be enough.

All right, I will talk about my mother. She is an absolutely great woman. I will never find a mother like my mom. She endured, everything just for her children, because she is a foreigner from Japan, a different country, different culture. Everything was different for her. I can't tell you how she suffered, and for how long. but now she is better. I say that not because she is my mother, no, but this is the truth. I wish that God will always help her because she deserves the best . She was thinking just to make her children happy, what more can I say. . . for me nobody is like my mom, and I learned many things from her. The best thing I learned from her is truth, faith, and that it is not good to compare ourselves to others, and the rich person is not the one who has the most, but is the one who needs the least. She says sometimes two people can look at the same thing and see it very differently, and it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in someone you love, and that it may take many years to heal those wounds.

Finally, I love my parents so much, and I thank you for giving me this chance to say even a little or my mother.

Nadia Ali
PET preparation

Who do I admire?

Everyone has one person, maybe more than one, who lives in his memory, heart, mind, thoughts, likes, the way of life, and life itself. They effect on it, perhaps even changing because of these people. Believe it or not, we don't choose them. We were born to love, respect, and admire them. The reasons of that are many, but sometimes we do not know exactly why we admire people.

About myself, I admire the Messenger Mohammed. He was an incredible person. I read a lot about him, his life and how he changed our lives with only kind, lovely and wise words. I also admire my mother and my father. They are the most wonderful and effective people in my life.

I admire everyone who has a special personality. Everyone who teaches me even a small thing. I also admire everyone who has a target in his life and tries hard to reach it. Now I wonder if someone will admire me. I hope so!

Samar Aldebree
PET preparation

Monday, May 30, 2005

The event that changed my life completely

The event that changed my life completely was when I got married to my husband.

Firstly, when I got married, my family name changed to my husband's family name. Since then I've used it when signing signatures and documents.

Secondly, as a wife, I cannot make decisions completely without conferring with my husband, and last but not least, when I became a mother to my daughter. As a wife and mother I have tried my best to live up to my family name!

Nini Jaramillo
FCE preparation

Life experiences

Every one of us has their own experiences, whether good or bad, happy or sad, it could be memorable & unforgettable. They said:

Forget the past and gift yourself with the present.

I have many things that make me happy from the good old days.

The first exciting moment in my life was when I graduated and obtained my College Diploma. After long years of reading, memorizing and studying lessons, at last I reached the end, finished and completed all the requirements to be one of the professionals.

Well, my happiness did not end after that. After graduation, here comes the harder stage to focus on studying and reviewing again to be ready for another examination as compliance. We are required by our government to be a member of the Board of Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), so we can practice our professions respectively whatever it is. Without the PRC card, we can't find a good job and work legally in any hospitals or institutions.

The second extreme happiness was when I took and successfully passed the board examination. I was tremendously happy about passing it. I knew that I had achieved something, 'the goal of success'. I can't express my feelings about how happy I was and my family, upon reading my name in the newspaper published especially for those who pass the board.

Being professional, this is something that we should be proud of, and if there is still a chance for further studies we should not hesitate to do it regardless of our ages, because education is the best instrument for everything especially if you are applying for a good job, once it has been earned nothing can buy it back, it's a fulfillment, so Nina and I will not stop seeing you in Yethreb School, I hope so.

Connie dela Cruz
FCE preparation

Mohsen's weekend

Usually at the weekend I prefer to go to my mountain farm situated near Miselata. I have a house at the top of the mountain which is about four hundred metres higher than sea level. I always go on Thursday afternoon, sometimes alone, other times with my family, but I prefer to go by myself to be calmer.

I wake up early, at six o'clock. The first thing I do is exercise; walking and climbing the mountain. After that I eat my breakfast, green tea and zumita. I take a rest for about one hour and then I start working on the farm. I graft trees and plant trees at different times in the year. I give water to the newly planted trees. I also maintain my bee hives.

At 12 o'clock I take a rest for about one hour, then at one o'clock I start cooking lunch for myself. I like cooking. Sometimes I have friends visit in the afternoon.

Every weekend I relax and change my routine. That helps me to prepare for the busy week ahead.

Mohsen Meselatti

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Before and after!

Libyan tea

My five likes

These are the things that I like and enjoy doing.

One. Reading books that talk about real strange things that happen to normal people, changing their lives, and making it more interesting. I like these kinds of books, maybe because I hope these things would happen to me.

Two. Playing and playing forever, all kinds of playing. It doesn't matter if it is music, sports, games, and with children. Most people say there's a child inside of them, so I have one inside of me to .

Three. Meeting new friends, everyone has a special personality, and of course we are different, but I think the most important thing is how to communicate and make new friendships that last for a long time, and I try hard to do that and I like it.

Four. Cooking - my mother said that I had my grandmother's style in cooking. I like cooking, because I feel happy when all the family eats everything I cook.

Five. Painting is my special space. I go to paint to see an express my feelings, happiness, angry feelings, sadness maybe. Actually, I paint only for myself, and after I finish, I feel much better.

Samar Al-Debree
PET preparation

Five things that I like

I like chatting with my children, because sometimes they ask me strange and funny questions.

I like singing birds and some plants in my house, because both are from nature.

I always like my wife to be a good mood, because if she's in a good mood, she'll cook very well.

I like the old cities in the old things from history, because it makes me imagine how the people were living at that time.

I like my car's papers to be kept updated, because I don't like to break the traffic laws.

Younis Mohamed
PET preparation

Things I like

I like playing and watching football, because it's interesting, and it's a useful sport. It makes me meet new people and make new friends.

I like reading, it seems like the old Arabic saying is true, 'The book is the best friend', and so I read a lot to discover many things which I'm interested in. I read novels, newspapers, books, magazines etc.

I like traveling. Travel makes me learn about countries and their cultures, and it also makes me try different beings liked foods, ice skating etc., of course, it makes me meet new people, and learn new skills .

I like music. I like to hear most kinds of music. It gives me a wonderful feeling. By the way, I listen to English songs to improve my language skills .

I like to make friends. I believe that there are a lot of nice and good people. I know that it's not easy to get that one who's very close to my soul, but I have to try again and again. I also believe that friendship is the perfection of love. For example, recently, I met two nice ladies. One of them is my colleague at work, and the other one is my teacher. They have very good hearts, and they are very nice. In one word, they are amazing. I wish that I can be like their little brother.

Ali Matous
PET preparation

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Sidi Andulsi - Tajoura, Libya

The turning points

My life could be completely different if two things have not happened to me.

First of all, I was very intelligent, but very naughty and not an ambitious child. I learned to read almost by myself when I was five, asking the adults about the letters. And when I went to school I had no difficulties in studying anything and all the teachers loved me, but I did not care about the marks and I never tried to be excellent.

But when I became 14 years old, because of English language, I had to move to another class. There I sat with one girl, who was extremely ambitious. She studied hard in order to achieve maximum points. She used to ask teachers to examine her again. She argued with them about the marks she was not happy with. I did not like her behaviour at all and I didn't bother if I had less points in some subjects. Until one day, she annoyed me by starting to compare her results with mine. I remained quiet, but inside I was very irritated. I decided to show her who was best. I knew that I possessed abilities and very easily, almost without efforts, I had excellent marks for the next two terms.

This was my first the turning point in my life. Because this year was very important and the certificate would determine in which high school you might be accepted in.

So having excellent marks, I found myself in the best high school, in the best class. I was astonished. I was frightened, because I said to myself that in the local secondary school, it was very easy but among these students, perfect in every way, boys and girls, I might fail. I decided I could not allow this to happen. I was alert to not making mistakes. I started taking care for every single step, so the result was that I became one of the best! I couldn't believe it! And still I did it without a lot of effort. My classmates knew it and they liked me because I used to share my knowledge, and help them and I always had time for jokes and a laugh. I finished this school with the maximum points, and I had no choice -- I had to continue climbing. I applied to study medicine.

This decision I made because I hated the Communist régime in my country. I kept in secret, but I thought that this was the only way to escape and be free of these stupid people. As a doctor, I thought I could cross the borders and I could help anybody -- even our enemy. My dream destination was Africa. . . .

So I consider myself as a happy person since I found a way for my dreams to become true, being a doctor. But here is the second turning point in my life.

It was September, 1990 when I received a telephone call from one of my girlfriends from this high school. She had become a teacher. When she phoned me and asked if I was still interested in working in Africa, and what about Libya? Of course I was. And she gave the information about the interview which I attended the next week. The strange thing is that she knew about this from one of her colleagues -- a teacher and musician who was working at that time in Benghazi . She called her husband and by the way, she said that her manager was going for medical staples in Sofia. I was approved, and after one year I was working in a nice hospital near Benghazi -- my town of beauty...

I had 9 happy years there, and I will love Libya forever. It was my way to freedom and this philosophy is the highest point of the spirit. So I will never forget those two girls who helped me by chance to achieve my dreams!

Sue Dyakova
FCE preparation

Monday, May 23, 2005

Our Condolences

Mr Khairi's mother passed away yesterday morning. We wish to offer our heartfelt sympathy to Mr Khairi and his family. My God give you the patience and strength to help you in this difficult time.

The staff and students of Yethreb School.

Please see Mrs Alea for information regarding the funeral services and rescheduling of classes.

My First Christmas Eve - a childhood memory

I grew up in my grandparents farmhouse in a nice village, where the fields began and the river, called Upper Dew, with crystal-clear water started wandering. The area impresses us with its beauty, surrounded by hills, which stand there as guards, supervised by high mountains from the South. The weather is just perfect with four seasons, the earth is fertile, watered from the river and many artificial canals.

My grandparents were still young at that time, and had good relationships with our neighbors, most of them being somehow our relatives. The life was full of joy, peace and quiet, and I felt most loved and the happiest child in the world, running after the butterflies, watching the flight of swallows, playing with other children, and having a full yard of chickens, ducks, lambs, and pigs. The dog was the cleverest creature I've ever seen. He used to understand almost anything we were talking about, and obeyed our commands. Every single day there was interesting things, and if there is anywhere called paradise, it must be like this village and like the life at that time.

One of my first memories from this period was the Christmas Eve when I was 2 1/2 years old. I was so impressed, so I remembered everything as if it was yesterday. Of course, what I remember is Father Christmas's is visit. We knocked and entered through the main door, and all the guests entered the room where the Christmas tree was. I was too frightened -- first, because he looked too big with long beard and furry leather coat, holding a strong wooden stick, and second because he directed all his attention to me. I found myself near the tree, in front of the wall. He asked me for my name, how old I was, and then to sing for him. I did not cry, but I was having tremors. My legs, my hands, my voice were out-of-control. I tried to sing, but in fact, I repeated many times, just the first line of the song I knew best.

But this fear finished very soon as this old man's started giving me a lot of presents. As a first child in my grandfather's family. I had a doll, a small bicycle, a teddy bear, a lot of books and dresses. I was amazed. I relaxed with this so good man. I ask him to give me more. I noticed that he gave to the others only one present and I was very happy to have so many.

Then he asked me, 'Who doesn't listen and must be punished?'. I pointed to my grandfather, explaining that he very often lies and messing up the bed covers instead of sitting on the chairs. My grandfather to escape ran into the other room. It was a bedroom, and he lay down on the bed. It was proof that I was right. I said, 'You see, that's what he is doing!'. I did not have feeling that I shouldn't betray my grandfather.

Soon Father Christmas left, and I noticed that my mother's uncle was again amongst us. 'Were have you been Uncle George? Father Christmas was here, and only you were absent!' Many years after I was told that Uncle George had been in the role of Father Christmas. This was an event I would never forget.

Sue Dyakova
FCE preparation

Sunday, May 22, 2005

English - what an odd language!

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of the English language. A language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out, and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

Friday, May 20, 2005

My likes & dislikes

I like my country, because it's where I was born, I'm very happy about my social position and my work, I also have many well educated friends and I'm respected by my generation and my family.

I like my religion, because the Islamic religion is a peaceful religion and the cleanest of the world religions. It's based on five daily prayers, we must wash five times a day, and only concentrate on God.

I like my work because it keeps me busy and supports my activities. I improve my position in life, and make progress for my family. To be a good member of the country, I also do my best to give what they give to me.

I like my family, because my life is my family. No love without a family, no life without a family, no assistance without a family. My family respects me very well, and I respect all my family members.

I like my education, because without education we lose everything. If we are not educated we would be like animals, no respect, no education.

I dislike pork, because pigs are the dirtiest animals in the world, and they do not have any jealousy. Also my religion doesn't allow Muslims to eat pork - it's forbidden.

I dislike liars, because lying is a big sin. People who lie can damage our lives easily, by not saying the truth. We must be careful in front of liars.

I dislike injustice because without injustice we can destroy our life and our country. The strong eat the weak. We can't stop the depravity.

I dislike cheating, because our prophet Mohammed said, "Who cheats is not from us".

I dislike ignorance, because ignorance is the bad way to treat things, and I prefer and educated enemy, rather than an ignorant friend.

Mohsen Meselati

Libyan woman baking bread - drawing by PET preparation student: Younis Mohammed

Half here, half there

Everybody wants to see their previous life again, but it is impossible. We can only think about the past and it’s really nice reminiscing about the good old days. Well, I grew up in a small village in a province, and that’s were I lived till I was 14 years old. The life that I spent when I was small is different from the life I spent in the city.

Because I’m the eldest girl in the family I had to take care of my younger sisters and a brother during those days when my parents were at work. We had to go to school too and I am the one responsible for changing their clothes (uniform), preparing their breakfast and everything else. In spite of this responsibility I still had time to study my lessons and help them do their homework, and even sometimes do the cooking. Though it was a very hectic schedule for me, I don’t have any regrets because all of them are now happily married and very responsible for their own families. Because we are just a middle class family every member of the family aimed to have a good life and they are thankful that I gave them more attention then my parents gave them.

After my high school days, we migrated to the city Manila and finished by college life there. After passing the Board exam, I was employed immediately in one of the hospitals in the city. I worked for two years locally, and I have been lucky to work abroad. Since then, I've been here in Libya for more than 20 years, half of my life, and even now I am still here, so I can say that this is my second country. Well, for me the life here is very simple and peaceful. The only pain and sorrow I’m in the one suffering is that I am away from my family, but I but still surviving anyway.

Comparing the life between the province, city, and abroad.
I felt contented, while I was still in the province, because it was trouble-free, and very simple living. Going to the city is more complicated, but I learned a lot too, especially the modern culture and traditions, it made me grow. Apart from all this. I earned my college degree in the city.

Going to the present.
Living abroad for me, is the most challenging life I've ever had, especially being alone for more than 10 years. I learned to be strong enough in every aspect of life as though. As long as I have goals that say:

If others can, why can't I? and
What you can do, I can do better.
It's enough to be a better person. But the most important is that: (We should have a faith in God.) Because he is always there to guide us, leading us to the right path.

For me this country Libya is unforgettable. Why?
Well, I got my job here, got married here, had my son here, and finally got separated here too. Is it memorable? Whew!! Lastly, life is really worth living, isn't it?

It is me, Connie.

FCE preparation

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Some examples of things I dislike

Actually, I dislike many things. I’ll give you examples:

I dislike the traffic in the street when I want to go some place.

I don’t like some food, but I like most food.

Last month I bought a t-shirt but when I washed it, it shrunk, so I dislike this kind of clothes.

I like all kinds of music except Hard Rock.

I like the summer season, but I dislike sweltering hot days.

PET preparation

5 things I dislike

1. War
I don’t like war at all. What do we get from war? Death, destroyed buildings. I wish all the people would stop making war and live in peace.

2. Lies
I hate every person who tells lies. This is a bad habit. Lies destroy trust and everything, and if you find someone telling lies that means you can’t depend on him for anything.

3. High places
I am afraid of high places so much, I sometimes see the nightmare that I am standing on a high building and I am so afraid that suddenly I wake up and thank Allah because it was just a dream.

4. Vegetables
In fact I don’t like vegetables, but the doctors always say you have to eat vegetables every day for good health.

5. Sickness
I don’t like being sick. Being sick makes me in a bad mood and I don’t feel well and have pain in all my body. The worst thing is that you have to stay in bed all day and take medicine. I really hate that.

Nadia Ali
PET preparation

What I dislike in this life

I’ll write about what I dislike in this life. So, I’ll separate it into what I dislike in people, sport and food.

In people I dislike cheating between friends because you must trust each one of them.

In sport I dislike the hate between players in the same sports game because they appear to love each other but in fact they hate each other.

And in food I dislike junk food because it’s not useful to our body.

PET preparation

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

My favourite clothes

I adore the traditional Libyan clothes in general and I am especially fond of wearing the complete set of clothes for men which is called 'zaboun'. It consists of three pieces; the trousers, the waistcoat and another jacket like piece but without a collar and buttons. All three parts are the same colour which is usually black and made of fabric with a lot of hand embroidered decoration along the edges and sides. To complete the image you have to wear a long Arabic shirt; white in colour underneath, and a black or red hat (sometimes topped with a tassel) and white slippers.

It is an expensive costume and I was very happy when my father bought me one a couple of years ago after graduation. I love to wear it because it reminds me of that beautiful occasion and also because it is part of my culture and traditions. I feel very proud and boast of my country and my people when I wear it. I usually choose it for celebrations, especially religious occasions and wedding parties.

This type of clothes has another advantage - because it's made carefully, by experienced and talented hands, it lasts for a long time and you need only to change the shirt from time to time.

Khalid Afet
Ielts preparation

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Thursday, May 12, 2005

The Annual Party

The annual party commemorating Mrs Alea's 21st birthday was held today at Yethreb School. Staff, students and guests all enjoyed an exciting evening filled with laughter, music, dancing and food. Below are some of the pictures highlighting the event.

Khairi singing with Mrs Alea

Are these wall flowers?

Enjoying the party.

Mrs Carolina and her husband, dancing the 'salsa'.

The African Eagles - that's Khairi (one of our students) playing guitar in the back.

Dancing - Libyan style!

The African Eagles provided music for the party.

Dancing doctors!

Class as usual for Mrs Carolina's students right up until the minute the party started. Those are really dedicated students!

Who is this?

Lady in Red - dancing with me!

Doing the twist!

Plenty to eat at the party.


Ms Thureyah was running around so fast she was only a blur!

Enjoying the evening.

Music of all kinds.

This is Nini and Mrs Alea with the cake that Nini made!

Can you hoola-hoop?

Snakes & Ladders Game

Here's a fun game to play that will help you improve your English. Click on the picture or the link to play.