Sunday, January 29, 2012

Should everyone have to learn at least one foreign language at school?

It is an important thing to make progress in education systems, especially for developing countries and one of the most important factors is supporting and building a strong, modern, highly educated generation.

Multilingualism has become a passport for all prized jobs. More and more often English is becoming a global language, so for that reason we must include it in the learning programme. Indeed, some countries, such as America, are now entering Spanish as a second official language to be learnt in school.

In my opinion, time is changing and no one can turn this fact at all. So why don't we move on and enhance our schools with a huge amount of programmes and courses to make sure that all students have got one extra foreign language?

Ahlam Zait
Upper-Intermediate A

A special birthday meal

My special meal was in October last year for my birthday. It was a very nice meal, it was at home.

When I finished my work in the hospital it was 8:00pm, so it started at 9:00pm. Mummy made rice, pizza and she bought cake from the market.

I didn't know about the party because it was a surprise. Once I opened the door my family were there waiting for us (me and my twin Areej). My little sister took me to the site of the party. Everything was perfect to me.

We cut the cake, ate the pizza and the rice and drank Pepsi of course. I wore my blue hospital uniform because I didn't have time to change. We finished at 11:00pm.

I liked it so much. My favourite part was the opening presents time. I liked them all.

Before the party, I was so tired. When I was in the car I was sleepy and I couldn't keep my eyes open, but once I reached home and saw my mother waiting and what she had done for me I forgot everything and enjoyed the party.

Ainour Elmishre
Pre-Intermediate A

Travelling Abroad - Safety Tips

Travelling abroad is a very exciting thing to do, especially if it's with your family or your friends. However, small tips and precautions before travelling could help in keeping your property safe from burglars while you are away.

  • If you have a vehicle and you don't have a garage, take it to relatives or friend's house and ask them to keep it until you come back.
  • You might like to ask a friend to take care of your pets and your garden because these things need daily care, especially during summer when the days become hot and long.
  • Don't ever take your house keys with you when you are travelling, they may get lost in between your suitcase and your hotel room. Think about whether you would like to keep them in a safe place, such as with an honest neighbour, or whether you would prefer to keep a copy under the doormat.
  • Try to turn off all electrical appliances in your house before travelling and make sure that you've informed the electric and phone company about your trip.
  • You should always think about taking out your valuables and money and keep them in the bank or with someone you trust.
  • If you're still worried about being burgled, be aware that installing a security system may help a lot.

Ahlam Zait
Upper Intermediate A

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The last meal out

I think it was last month. I went with my family and my aunt to a pizza shop, Pizza Family. We went there for lunch before my English course. It was at 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm. We only stayed for an hour.

I wore a red shirt with a grey scarf and a pair of pants. We ate pizza and drank cola. We had a nice time and we enjoyed the meal. It was raining that day, too.

Sara Bader
Pre-Intermediate A

Special meal for a special occasion

Actually, this occasion was a dinner invitation. It had been arranged by my friend Tarek when he got a new good job with an electrical projects company as an engineer.That was 4 months ago. So Ali, Marwan and I were invited to attend this occasion. That was in Tarek's farm and we all shared to prepare that dinner meal. We got started at 8pm until midnight. Then we left the farm to go back home. 

By the way, we wore summer clothes because the weather was still warm. I wore a checked short sleeved shirt and black short pants with abrown cap and slippers. 

Actually the meal was a barbeque. It consisted of roasted meat and three types of salads and some fried potatoes. We drank soft drinks and some juice. So first we slaughtered the sheep, after that we started to chop the meat into small pieces to be ready for roasting on a quiet fire.

Oh, I can never forget that special meal. It was really enjoyable occasion, to be honest it was a big banquet. The meal was extremely delicious, and we are looking forward to doing it once again.

Ashraf Othman
Pre-Intermediate A

A Most Special Meal

A friend of mine invited me and some other friends to a picnic and we had a special meal. That was at his farm. I can't remember when it was exactly but it wasn't a long time ago. I think it was on a Friday. The friends gathered were classmates from our university. There was Ahmed, Sliman, Hatem, Mohamed and me. I hadn't seen Sliman since I graduated. I arrived about 6 pm and it finished about 11:30pm.

I wore blue jeans with a coat because it was cold and a scarf around my neck. We ate grilled fish with seafood salad and fresh orange juice. The funny thing was that Ahmed doesn't like fish so he stayed without dinner. He only had a glass of juice.

Mohamed Tarhoni
Pre-Intermediate A

Special Meal

My special meal was last Friday for my friend's new job. 

When my friend Kaled got a new job he invited me for a special meal on Tuesday evening and I stayed with him until friday afternoon. The meal was in my friend's new house and it consisted of barbeque with salad and some bread. After that we made macarona imbakbaka (a Libyan dish). It was very delicious and we had some drinks with that like Miranda, Seven-up and pear juice.

There were some friends with me at the meal; Ahmed, Osama, Mohamed and Hatem. The meal started at nine pm and finished the next day at about four pm. We were very happy when the picnic was finished and we had a nice time together.

Mohamed Alalem
Pre-Intermediate A

What's Korea Like?

Korea is one of the most beautiful countries that I'd love to visit. It lies in the northeastern part of the Asian continent. It consists of South and North Korea. Korea is a small country with different cultures. The climate is hot and humid in summer and too cold in winter.

Koreans like to build their homes from wood to protect them from the cold. They speak a different and the stangest language I've ever known in my life. But I think it's beautiful and I'd love to learn it one day. Also they have a traditional dress for a woman of course for wearing on special occasions. But on normal days they just wear normal clothes just like us. 

Koreans like to spend their time with family and buiding emotional bonds.

Last but noit least, Korea is a beautiful place. You'll want to vist and know everything about it.

Sara N. K.
Pre-intermediate B

A Dream House Like No Other

Jeef: Good evening everybody and a big welcome to our guest tonight, Miss Rahged Derriga.

Raghed: Thank you Jeef.

Jeef: Can you tell us about your newest house design?

Raghed: Yes, of course. You see this house isn't just my newest design it is also my dream house. The house is on top of a mountain so that when you look out of your window you'll see an amazing view.

Jeef: It sounds so high but beautiful.

Raghed: Hhhhhhh... ya ya. In this design I'm concentrating on the natural elements, you know, like wood and marble. I also want a big amount of sun beams to get inside the house so there are large windows with thick glass.

Jeef: That's very healthy too.

Raghed: Yes, it is, and I love the sound of water falling so there will be a fountain that looks like a waterfall and a big cage with different kinds of birds in it.

Jeef: How many floors is the house going to have?

Raghed: It's going to be four floors with half circle balconies. On the ground floor there will be the reception hall and other rooms and there will be a chandelier hanging from the forth floor. On the underground floor there will be a swimming pool and sport equipment.

Jeef: What about bedrooms?

Raghed: The bedrooms will be divided between the second and first floor. 6 bedrooms with their bathrooms.

Jeef: What about the colours?

Raghed: The colours are maroon, oil painting, dark yellow, dark green and black. I love mosaics so you'll find many parts of the house are decorated with mosaics.

Jeef: That sounds like a wonderful house.

Raghed: Yes, it is. This is my dream house and I'd love to share it with my family and beloved ones.

Jeef: Thank you Raghed. That was the famous engineer, Raghed Derriga, and thank you for watching our show, Dream House. And remember you too can build your dream house with some help from us.

Raghed Derriga
Pre-Intermediate B

My Trip to London

I travelled to the UK two years ago as a tourist. I vivsited London the capital of the UK. The city itself is very beautiful and the center is touristy, especially Picadilly Centre. It is very cosmopolitan so you can buyt anything from different shops of origins and you can eat any kinds of food from multi-cultural orgins, such as Indian restaurants which serve very spicy, hot food.

You can feel you're in your country especially when you go to Edward Road which means Arab Street. There you can smell, eat and drink everything related to our tradition from Turkish, Syrian, Lebanon, Moroccan restaurants. In these restaurants you will be in safe site about what you eat because all of them serve hallal food, which means there isn't any sources of pork. Sometimes you can eat from an English cafe, like healthy delicious sandwiches that consist of basel and tomatoes with cheese and meat. Also you can have very tasty cakes free of gellitin.

In most cases or conditions you will not be confused because the people are very honest and helpful. They are a welcoming people, they like foreign visitors. Also they are very friendly and kind with children. So they always say hello and kiss my children. They are really respectable people.

In London everything is smooth, even their weather. When I was there in the summer season it was sometimes foggy and quite wet, but usually it was warm and sunny wonderful days. We stayed in a hotel located in Basely Water Street in Prince Square close to Hyde Park.

Hyde Park is the biggest park in the UK. It's very fantastic place with amazing nature, however there are many small cafes everywhere and restaurants withg fast food with a big area especially for children with different kinds of games and toys and all the ways of fun and comfort. It is important to mention that in this place many people come at the weekend to express and talk about their thinking and opinions for hot topics and about everyone, even in political and government topics. The discussion is open for anyone and no one can hit or hurt or even stop you.

Also I visited there the most famous sightseeing, such as Madam Tussad's Wax Museum. There everytime the place is crowded by the tourists and you have to wait in queue until you can reach inside. I took many photographs with some famous and popular people like the President of France, Sarcozi, and of the USA, Obama and Lady Diana. The most interesting thing there was seeing films in 3D (three dimentions) which describe the city and in the smae place you can see some models of previous charecters that look like they are breathing; you see their chest move up and down as normal breathing. 

We also went on a package trip that included different places (on a big bus) which is one of the most tourist transportation. It consists of two stories and it's red or blue in colour.The second level is exposed so you can see, smell and hear while the guide explains everything that has an important meanign by different languages as you want (by using an earpeice presentin every chair). 

During this trip we saw the palace of Queen Elisabeth (Buckingham Palace), Big Ben and Picadilly Centre. After that we directed to another trip with the same programme but it was different and more exciting because it was on the river on a huge boat. On this trip we passed by the most historic and traditional sights in London. One of the interesting things was London Bridge where it had been opened it was very wonderful veiw and rare to happen as the guide said we were very lucky tourists.

On this same day we went on the Eye of London, from which you can see the whole city from the top while you drink and eat some snacks. I think the strangest thing was when I saw a group of people (friends) had enjoyed their time and anm groom and his bride on their wedding day. Really is was very strange and exciting to see, more than the view of the city from the top. 

Then, for sure like any normal woman in the world loves shopping so you should go to Oxford Street where there are really all the better national shops and department stores. Don't forget to go to Harrod's department Store. It is very amazing and I amazed by it and I did not believe I was on the planet Earth!

As Muslims we decided that we had to go to the International Islamic Centre which is one of the most common places you should visit. First we did our prayers and then had a look in it's big library which explains the nature of Islam and the distribution. Behind the mosque is a rose garden which contains all the kinds of flowers of the world. You can see there many of them with different colours and smells. 

We were advised to visit the London Zoo but unfortunately when we arrived we found the place closed and it was the last day before the day we had to leave. So at this time I hoped and asked God that one day my country, Libya, becomes like the UK. Maybe, why not?

Dakera Abubaker Ben Amer
Pre-Intermediate B

Some things about my city

The Problems In My Neighbourhood

  • There's too much traffic.
  • There aren't enough places for children to play.
  • There aren't enough places to park.
  • There's too much noise in the daytime.
  • There are too many children in the streets all the time.
  • There's no place to park my car.
  • There's too much rubbish beside my neighbourhood's houses.
  • Next door to me there's a house where the people make too much noise at night. It's a big problem for me because I can't sleep.

Things I'd Like To Do To Improve My City:

  1. I'd like to improve my city by building new places for children to play.
  2. Improve public transport
  3. Improve and build new car parks
  4. Improve bus stations
  5. Improve drivers' skills because I think there are a lot of accidents all the time.
  6. Build new places for free time activities like new places for playing football.
  7. Build new streets.

Sara N. K.
Pre-Intermediate B

My Neighbourhood

There aren't enough cinemas in ny neighbourhood.

There aren't enough plaqces to play.

There is too much noise at night.

There aren't many places to park.

There aren't many parks in my neighbourhood.

There aren't enough sport centres around.

Hawa Altomi
Pre-Intermediate B

Monday, January 23, 2012

I'm too busy!

  1. I'm very embarrassed in front of my friends because I haven't got enough free time to connect with them. I can't even say hi.
  2. I can't go out with my family these days because the weather is too cold.
  3. I am always tired because I am mother of three small children so I have got too much work to do.
  4. I've got enough money to do activities but I haven't got enough free time to do them.
  5. I am stressed and depressed because I haven't got someone to help me at home.
  6. There aren't many babysitters in our country. 
Dakera BenAmer
Pre-Intermediate B

What's Lebanon like?

Lebanon is a very beautiful historical and religious country and it has so meany beautiful landscapes. There are some famous places you can visit with your family and friends. 

First in the capital Beirut visit Al Hamra Street. It's an unusual street with nice buildings and a very big and beautiful mosque, but it's a very expensive street. You can visit the American University, then you can visit Jaata cave. It's the most famous place in Lebanon and it's a candidate to be one of the wonders of the world. And if you are interested in philosophy and art you should visit the home town Bchara of the philosopher and artist Jobran Kaleel Jobran. But if you're looking for excitement you can drive an all terrain vehicle (ATV) up the mountain and go jet skiing. You can visit the monuments of Baalbak. The people there are so friendly and welcoming.

The most special thing about Lebanon's  weather is that it's hot enough in the summer but cold in the winter, so you can do summer activities. Also you can do winter activities. So in the summer it's as amazing as in the winter.

About the food: The traditional dishes are so delicious and the national dishes are available. 

So I hope you have a great time in Lebanon!

Raghed S. P.
Pre-Intermediate B

Too many, too much, enough, not enough

  1. Yesterday I bought a new jacket but it's too big for me.
  2. She drinks too much coffee everyday.
  3. Can you turn the radio up? It isn't loud enough.
  4. There were too many people at my party.
  5. They haven't got enough sponsors.
  6. This is very expensive. I don't think there's enough money.
  7. We found a house for my sister yesterday. But it's not clean enough from inside.
Sara N.K.
Pre-Intermediate B

Some thoughts...

  • I'm very stressed because I've got too many responsibilities.
  • I'm confused because I have to do many things but I haven't got enough time.
  • I'm worried about my country these days because there are too many problems which need urgent solutions.
  • I feel depressed and I have to go on holiday to change my mood but I haven't got enough money.
  • I'm worried about my future because nothing is clear yet and I can't continue my career or my pursuit of my objective in life.
  • Finally, I'm tired of thinking about my future because there are too many changes taking place which I can't control and making my life upside down.
Rabie Mostafa
Pre-Intermediate B

Monday, January 16, 2012

Happy to write to you!

Dear friend,

I'm really happy that it's the first time to write to you. I'm 21 years old and I'm a student at dentistry college. My daily routine is nearly the same as yours.

In the week I get up very early, at 7 o'clock. I always have breakfast at about 7:45 at the university. I go with my friend Ibtehaj by her car. We study until 2 o'clock but we sometimes finish classes at 4 o'clock. We have lunch in the cafeteria of the university but we have another course after that at about 5 o'clock. I usually have lunch in a pizza house before I start the course. I finish the course at 8:30 pm and I usually get back home at 9 o'clock. After that I often watch TV for one hour, then have dinner at about 11 o'clock. I go to bed at about 1 o'clock.

I don't do my homework or reading everyday but I study once a week.

Please write to me soon.

Your friend,

Rema Mousa Abuqsiea
Elementary A

Some things about my daily routine

Dear friend,

I'm really happy that you are my new friend. I'll tell you some things about my daily routine. I'm 18 years old and I'm an accounting student. I really like university.

In the week I get up very early, at 6:30. I always have breakfast at 6:50; milk and a sandwich. I go to university at 7:15. I go with my friend - she has a car. We study until 2:00 but sometimes finish at 3:00 and then I go home. After that I have lunch at 3:30. I often take a nap until 5:00, then I get up and do my homework. 

I eat dinner with my family at 9:00. After that I watch TV and then I open Facebook chat. I go to bed at 12:00 because I'm usually very tired. That's it.

I'm happy to send you this letter. Please write to me very soon.

Your friend,

Sarah Mousa
Elementary A

My very busy day

I'm really happy that you are my new pen friend.

I'll tell you some things about me. I'm 20 years old and I'm a student at university. I really like university but I have a very busy day!

I usually get up at 7 o'clock. I sometimes have breakfast at 10:00, orange juice and cake. I go to university at 8:00. I go by bus. We study until 2:00 and then have lunch in the cafeteria. They have Pepsi and pizza!

I finish university at 2:30 then I go home. My family always eats dinner together at 9:00. After we watch TV. I go to bed at 11:00 because I'm very tired.

Good luck,

Mawada Mousa
Elementary A

My daily routine

Dear Hameda,

I miss you so much. Say hello for all your family and a big hug. My daily routine, I'm always at work, and I get up at about 8 o'clock and I'm back home, I finish work at 2:30. I eat lunch then I usually take a nap. In the afternoon I go with my sister for a walk until 8:00. So after that we eat fast food for dinner and then I go to bed at 12:00.

We will visit the museum next week. Please come with us if you can. Write me. See you soon.

Your friend,

Nahed Aleman
Elementary A

What about you?

Dear friend,

I'm really happy that you are my new pen friend. I'll tell you some things about me. I'm 16 years old and I'm a student at school. I really like school but I have a very busy day!

In the week I get up early at 7 o'clcok. I sometimes have breakfast at 7:20, milk and a sandwich. I go to school at 7:40. I go by car with my brother Moein. I finish school at 1:00 then I have lunch at  home. I sometimes take a nap until 4:00. I get up and go to work. 

My family always eats dinner together at 8 o'clock. After that I do my homework. I go to bed at 10:00.

What about you? Please write and tell me about your day.

Your friend,

Mohammed Nasser
Elementary A

Happy to write

Dear Hameda,
I'm really happy to write this letter for you. I want to tell you something about me. I'm 16 years old and I study English mow. I don't like to study but I have to study. I get up early in the week but in the weekend I get up so late. I always have breakfast at 2 o'clock, coffee and biscuits. I go to school at 8 o'clock and I leave it at 1:30. I don't eat at school.
I have five sisters but I don't have any brothers.


Tasneem Hasan Alrmali
Elementary A

Let me tell you about my life

Dear Hameda,
I am fine. How are you? Let me tell you about my life. I am 15 years old. I first get up at 7 o'clock. I have breakfast at 7:30, tea and a sandwich and juice. I go to school at 8 o'cloock. I finish school at 1:15. My favourite friend's name's Sabren.
I have lunch at 4:30. I study for the rest of the day and I have dinner at 11 o'clock. 
I go to bed at 12 o'clock because tomorrow I have school.
Thanks for your message.

Good bye,

Retaj Zlitne
Elementary A

I'll tell you something about me

Dear Hameda,

Thank you for being my friend. I'll tell you something about me. I'm 17 years old and I'm a student at high school. I really like to study in the school with my friends. In the week I get up early at 7 o'clock. I have breakfast with my family and I do sport with my sister. I go to school at 7:45.

I have lunch with my friends. I stay at school until 1:30 and then I get back home at 2:30. I go to bed. I sleep for five hours and then I get up and start to study. When I finish I listen to music. At 10:30 I visit my friend. We have a lot of fun and at 12 o'clock I go to bed.

Best wishes,

Mawada Ali Hashem
Elementary A

Nice to meet you

Dear Hameda,

Thanks Hameda. I'm so happy. I'll tell you some things about me. I'm 13 years old and I'm a student at school. In the week I get up very early, at 7 o'clock. I always have breakfast at half past seven, coffee and a sandwich. I go to school at 8:30 and I get home at half past one and then I have lunch at 3:00. I usually take a nap until 4:30. Then I get up and after an hour I do my homework and after that I watch TV. I go to bed at 12:00.

Nice to meet you.

Your friend,

Heba Altwil
Elementary A

Busy days

Dear Hameda,

Hi. How are you? I'm not happy because I have very busy days.
On Mondays I get up very early, at 6 o'clock. I never have breakfast. I go to school at 7:30. I go by car with my sister. We study until 9 and then we have breakfast inthe school cafeteria. I finish school at 1:30. Then I go home. I usually have lunch at 3:00. I do work at 4:30. I finish at 7:30. I have a break at 7:45 and I watch TV.
My family always eats dinner together at 8:15. I go to bed at 9:30.

What about you? Please write and tell me about your day.

Good bye,

Tasneem Zlitni
Elementary A

A letter for Noha

Dear Noha,

Thanks so much for your SMS. It's the weekend so it's a good time to writie a letter. We're all fine here, and all my family say hi to you, and we really miss you honey!
You know I had my birthday party last week! It was wonderful... I'll send you pictures to see them.
Oh! I forgot to tell you that my mother's studying to get a PhD in family medicine. As for me, I'm good, just still studying as you know. My exams will start soon, so wish me luck!
Tell me how is everything there? How is the weather? Here it is so cold!!
So I'll be happy if you reply as soon as possible. Take care.

Best wishes,

Dania Sokni
Pre-intermediate B

Visit Cairo

It's very big and busy, characterized by archetecture. It has very wonderful popular places. It's always crowded and there's no difference between morning and night! However, there're other quiet places and usually away from the city centre.

The streets are very wide, but they're polluted. You can see various tourists in different seasons. The people are welcoming and the food is spicy and delicious.

When you want to go anywhere you shouldn't have to wait, because the public transport is very abundant, but it's too expensive!

The shops are fills the streets and there are different prices depending on where it is. The shops in public places are cheap but in malls are expensive. 

The weather's hot and dry in summer, moderate with little rain in winter.

I think the best time to visit iis in Ramadan!

Dania Sokni
Pre-intermediate B

Turkey is amazing!

Turkey is an amazing country with historical cities like Istanbul. Istanbul is where I wish I could live in because it has got lovely streets and the people are nice too. The weather there is great, not so hot in summer and icey in winter. Food is a piece of heaven, everything there has got another taste.

The have got a lot of shops like 'Jawaher Mall'. I love it there... I really wish that someday I'll live there.

Sondos Gabroun
Pre-intermediate B

A reflection on me - my dream home

My dream house would be a reflection on me. Where you look at this house it would be almost as if you were looking into my soul. My dream home is a place of beauty, serenity and inspiration. 

It is a big house with a huge garden planted with fruit trees and flowering plants. There is a dining room with a large screen television and a private room for my kid's toys. Of course, a large swimming pool and a private room to myself. I also want to have a cinema in my house because I like watching movies any time. And of course a room for sport. Last but not least, there is a room for music because I can't live without it. 

I hope that I design my home myself and live my dream, I've waited for years. And I can't wait to sharte this beautiful house with my family and all my friends.

Sara N.K.
Pre-intermediate B


Rome is a beautiful city but it's freezing in the winter, warm in the summer and windy some seasons. It's not polluted and sometimes it's crowded. It's people are helpful of course. Italian food is very delicious, especially Italian pizza. It's an old hitoric city. The best time to visit Rome is in spring and fall.

Zeid Al-Saywan
Pre-intemediate B

My Dream House

My dream house would have at least 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms upstairs. It would also have a wide living room connected with an open kitchen, 2 bathrooms, and a guest room on the ground floor. It would have air conditioning in the summer, while central heating in the winter.

I'd like to have a game room with table tennis, a pool table and video games... etc in the basement and a big garden arround the house with green grass, flowers, a hammock, a swimming pool and a basketball court.

Dania Sokni
Pre-intermediate B

My Castle

As everyone, I want a dream house with a special design.

My dream house is a big one of a kind house with a pool in the middle of it. So it's like a circle and with an open kitchen and a large living room and an underground cinema.

It's a 3 floor house, 'My Castle' as I would like to call it, it has a big garden. I want it to be an unusual inspiring house. Stone from the outside and hand made wood inside. I want a fabric room for all kinds of fabric, and a music room too, you can record anything in the studio.

The house is a warm place in winter and cool in summer. You can control the security and electricity from the 'master room'. In thew master room there are only three walls, the 4th one is made of glass, 'unbreakable glass'.

I hope I can make my dream come true.

Sondos Gabroun
Pre-intermediate B

Visit Jordan

The country that I'm going to talk about has a positive impact on my life and it's one of the best places I have ever been to because it's rich with touristy places such as Jarash city which is one fo the oldest Greek cities and the Dead Sea. Also, I can't forget the city which is considered one of the seven wonders of the world, Petra city.

I think by now you know what country that I'm talking about, it's Jordan. When I first arrived there I felt at home because of the hospitality of the people, They are so kind and welcoming and they have a beautiful way of speaking. Also I found very easy to visit a lot of places because the transportation system is very organized and cheap. Moreover, in Jordan there are many famous restaurants cooking delicious traditional Jordanian food, which I really like. This country has healthy weather with no pollution and that makes Jordan a target by the tourist from all over the world.

At the end I strongly recommend to any one who hasn't seen the beautiful Jordan to visit it to relax and enjoy.

Khawla Albokary
Pre-intermediate B

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dear Hamed,

I'm really happy that you are my new pen friend. My name's Feras. I'm 20 years old and I'm in architect and art college. I also study computer engineering in night school. I have a very busy day. I wake up at 8:30 and I have breakfast at 9 o'clock. I go to college at 10:00 until 3:00pm. Then I go to work in my coffee shop until 1:30 am. That's all.

Best wishes, your friend,

Feras Abusbita
Elementary A

My usual day

Dear Hameda,

Thanks Hameda for the letter. I am fine. I'll tell you about my usual day. I am 14 years old. In the week, first I get up at 6:30am, then I have breakfast. It's usually a sandwich and milk. I leave home at 7:30 and go by buss with my friend and my brother. We start class at 8:30 and I finish school at 1:00. I have lunch at 2:30 then I study for the rest of the day. I have dinner at 10:30 and I go to bed at 11:00pm because I am very tired too. I have a busy day more than you. So that's my usual life. 

Thanks for your message. I love you. Take care of yourself.


Aya Swissi
Elementary A

A bit about me

Hi! I'm 15 years old. I usually have a busy day. I get up at 9 o'clock, have breakfast at 9:12 and then do sport. My school is boring. My teacher's name's Sondos. She's difficult. I'm an English student in the evenings. On the weekends I have coffee with friends. I have got a beautiful long dress. It's red. I like Thursday because I visit my friends. Oh, and my grandmother is going to get false teeth. Good bye!

Raneem Zlitni
Elementary A

Saturday, January 14, 2012

To my new pen friend

Dear Hamed,
I'm really happy that you are my new pen friend. I'll tell you something about me. My name is Mahmud Belhaj. I'm 20 years old and I'm a basketball player and I'm a student too. I want to tell you about my life. Everyday I get up at 7:00 and I often have breakfast at 7:30am. I go to training at 7:45 am. I go back home at 12:00. When I come back home I turn on the Internet. I talk to my friends. After we chat I have lunch. I go to an English course at 4:00pm. I go to bed at midnight. That's all about me.

Your friend,

Mahmud Belhaj
Elementary A

My daily routine

Dear Hameda,

I'm really happy that you are my pen friend. I'll tell you something about my daily routine. I'm 18 years old and I'm going to university after 1 month. I'm not excited to be in university because I think it's so hard and boring.In the week I don't get up early, at 10 o'clock. I don't have breakfast because I get up late. When I get up I clean the house, after that I have lunch. 

After lunch I go to an English course from half past three to eight o'clock. When I get back home I feel so tired. Thanks God not every day, just Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays. On the other days I sometimes go out or stay in. In my free time I watch TV, use my laptop and listen to music.

At night I also go to sleep very late - around midnight. That's all the things in my life. I hope to see you soon.

Best wishes,

Maha Hamouda
Elementary A

Some days I'm busy, some days I'm sleepy

My Dear Hameda,

Thank you for the letter. So I'll tell you some things about me. I'm 22 years old and I'm going to be 23 years old on the 15th of February. I'm a student at dentistry college, in the 4th year. On some days I am busy, and on other days I'm sleepy.

In the week I sometimes get up at 8:30, but on other days I get up about 10:00 or 11 o'clock. I often have breakfast at about 9 o'clock. I leave home about 9:15 and go to university and I reach there at about 9:30 or 9:45. I go by car with my friend Abd Allah. We study until about 12 or 1 o'clock and then I go home. I hardly ever take a nap. Then I go to an English course in the evening. The course starts at 6 o'clock and finishes at 8 o'clock on Saturdays, Mondays and Thursdays. On the other days I go to the gym at about 7 o'clock and stay until 10 o'clock. At the end of the day I have dinner at 11 o'clock and then watch TV from 11:30 to 1 or 2 o'clock and then I go to bed and sleep. That's my day.

Your friend,

Mohammed Alzeiat
Elementary A

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hi Dears

Hi Dears,

We're happy that you and your wife accepted our invitation. There is an apartment with one room, one kitchen and one bath with a beautiful garden. If you don't like it I can book a hotel room mearby. I can come take you from the airport - just call me before your plane takes off. Or you can get a taxi to Zawia then to Al-Motred village then ask for the El Akrami family, or call me on 0921234567.

You can hire a car or you can use mine. I can arrange an excellent vacation for you.

First we can go on a boat trip for more than 4 hours.We can have lunch in the seafood restaurant and in the afternoon we can go to the museum. The next day we can rent a bike to go cycling around the national park, but we can't take food with us.

Don't worry there are a lot of things to do just come.

See you on the 12th of May.

M. El Akrami

ps. Can I ask for the price of a spear gun?

Mahmoud El Akrami
Elementary B

Dear Tark

Dear Tark,

Thanks a lot for inviting me to your precious birthday. I'm glad to be there. I will make myself free. I can stay with you three days. Actually, I went to buy a gift yesterday and I didn't make up my mind so I won't bring you one but I promise I'll take you out to buy those sneakers you like as a present, if that's okay with you. Don't worry about the price. Also, do you know where I can rent a car before the birthday party? Too get around with, if not, I can borrow my brother's car.

See you later alligator,

ps. Where will you have the birthday party? In your house or in your parent's house?

Moez Ezubeik
Elementary B

Changes in Libya and my life

Food is more expensive than last year.
Libya is more dangerous than five years ago.
The food is safer than two years ago.
My life is quieter than it was five years ago.

Ahmed Mahmoud Gadgoud
Elementary B

My town, my life

My town - city

  • It's more dangerous than it was six months ago.
  • A car is more expensive than it was last year.

My life
  • My life is more boring than it was six months ago.
  • My car is more beautiful than it was last week.
Mohamed Al Zaid
Elementary B

Dear Norah and Sarah

Dear Norah and Sarah,

Thank you for your letter. I'm so happy that you will visit me in Tripoli. I hope that you will enjoy the trip. I shall meet you in the airport and I will pick you up. You can stay in any hotel, but you are most welcome to stay in my house. You can rent a car, but you don't have to. You can use my car and go anywhere you want. 

I will show you around Tripoli. We can visit the old castle, I'm sure that you will like it because it's interesting and you ccan visit Bab Alazeza to see Gadaffi's house, who was the worst dictator. We will also rent a four wheel motorbike to go to the desert. When you get here we will see many other different places.

See you soon. Good bye.

Tasneem Elgabroun
Elementary B

My friends Aziz and Elyas

My friends Aziz and Elyas,

First, thanks for the visit. Second, there are a lot of places to stay. You can book a hotel or stay at my home. Third, you can get to my place by taxi; it's 15 minutes away from the airport. Fourth, yes you can rent a car, it's very easy. Fifth, you can do a lot of things. We can go to Martyrs' Square and visit the Tripoli Museum.


Ahmed Gadgoud
Elementary B

Dear Randa

Dear Randa,

Hi Randa, how are you? Would you like to see my country? You can stay with me in my house. How long do you want to stay? When you get to the airport just call me. I will pick you up and you can have lunch with me. After that if you'd like to rent a car you can if you need it and I can help you if you want to go to anyplace like the museum, the mountains, the Sahara Desert, or Leptis. We have a lot of places you can visit and we can do many things. So just call me when you want to come.

See you.
Best wishes and lots of love,

Islam Taher Belhaj
Elementary B

Dear Aunt and Uncle

Dear Aunt and Uncle,

Thanks very much for the invitation to cousin Oliver and Becky's wedding. Of course I'd love to come. I'm on holiday then so I can study in England for three months. I booked my flight yesterday and I arrive (?) If that's not possible don't worry I can stay in a hotel. I can rent a motorbike after the wedding, if not, I can rent a car.

See you soon,

Mohamed Al Zaidi
Elementary B

Dear Kholod

Dear Kholod,

Thank you for your letter. I miss you so much. It's been a long time. I'm really pleased that you can come to the wedding. You can stay in my house and you can rent a car. I'm sorry but I'm busy so can you get a taxi from the airport? See you soon.


Safa Adel Elghmasi
Elementary B

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Some of our Pre Intermediate students

Aya is an eye doctor. She has three brothers and three sisters and she is the oldest one. She is 26 years old. She is a student in Tripoli. She is busy studying English. She lives in Hay Alandoles. Her best friend is Bellcises. She is studying English too because she needs it in her work. Her future plan is finishing her English studies.

Jenna Bader

Eman is a Libyan girl living in Tripoli Libya. She is 18.

Eman lives in Tripoli. She is studying English in Yethreb School because English is important and an international language. In addition, she is going to be a dentist in the future and this is another reason for studying English.

In her free time she likes playing on her computer. On holidays she tries to learn something new.

Ibrahim Baour

Genna is a beautiful 15 year old girl. She is one of my English classmates. 

She has got three sisters and two brothers. She finished her primary school last year in Nagea Twier School in Tripoli. She has a close friend; her name is Noor. Genna and Noor go shopping every weekend.

Aya Elmishre

Marwa Altelesis is a Libyan girl born in 1990. She lives in Tripoli with her family. She is a student in medical school. She is going to be a dentist. Marwa has four brothers and four sisters. She loves her family. She is engaged and planning to get married and stay at home to raise her children.

She likes travelling. She has been to German, Tunisia and Mali. In her free time she likes reading Bottany books. She is going to livein Misrata with her future husband.

Areej Jomaa

His name is Ibrahim and he's 25. He's not married. He lives in a housein Tripoli, in Libya.

He's an intern now and he's going to be a doctor. He's studying English because he's preparing himself for the IELTS exam. He likes playing footbal and reading the Koran in his free time.

Eman Eshmila

Ainour is one of my classmates. She is 24 years old. She livesin Hai Andelos in a house.

Ainour has got three sisters and three brothers and she is still single. By the way, she is a good cook, especially in desserts. The best thing that she can cook is cake.

Nowadays Ainour is studying English language in Yethreb School because she is preparing an IELTS exercise while she is studying in university in medical college. Ainour will be a doctor in the future.

Ainour always spends her free time watching TV. She visited Egypt last holiday. She intends to travel to London in the future to study.

Ainour has got a veery kind spirit. She is looking forward to helping sick people when she becomes a doctor. She also likes kids very much.

Ashraf Othman

Areej Elmishre is one of the students in the English course. She is Libyan and she livesin Hai Andolus. 

Areej was born in Moscow, Russia but she didn't live there for a long time. When she was 18 years old she went ot Tipoli college and she studied medicine. She was eminent and studious in her class.

Areej is a twin with her sister. She is single and she lives with her parents and her three sisters and three brothers. She said 'I have a really nice family and I love them all'.

In her free time she likes writing and reading for culture, watching TV and browsing the internet.

Areej is a doctor, now she is working in the hemotology section. She dreams of having a good job and maybe working outside of Libya. She likes her job but she said 'It is very heavy work'. About her future plans, she said 'Sometimes I feel that I'm going to hate medicine because it takes a lot of my lifetime. So if the chance comes I'll get married and have a family!' 

Also she is going to learn the Koran. Areej likes learning languages but she can't speak any other language except English and of course Arabic. She's learning and studying English to help her in her work.

Marwa Ayad

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Some of our beginner students

Hi I'm Mosab. I'm 15. I'm Libyan. I'm from Tripoli. My family live in Znata. I'm a student. My favourite food is bazin. My hero is Joma Gtet. He's from Beda. He's a footballer.

Hi! I'm Auob. I'm 14. I'm Libyan. I'm from Tripoli. I live in Korgy. I'm an English student at Yethreb School. My hero is Ali Dernawi. He's from Benghazi. My favourite food is pizza.

Hi! I'm Sheiam. I'm 16. I'm Libyan. I'm from Tripoli. I livein Ainzara. I'm a student at Al-Entefada School. My heroine is Selena Gomez. She's from the USA. My favourite food is hamburger and my favourite football team is Real Madrid.

Hi! I'm Ayman. I'm 17. I'm Libyan. I'm from Hoon but I live in Treksor with my family. I'm a student in university. My hero is Messi. He's from Barcelona. My favourite food is hamburgers.

Hi! I'm Hoda. I'm 15. I'm Libyan. I'm from Tripoli. I live in 11th of June Street. I'm a student at Ali Siala School. My hero is Tamer Hosny. He's from Egypt. My favourite food is pizza.

Hi I'm Ahmed. I'm 16. I'm Libyan. I'm from Tripoli. I live in Benashor. I'm an English Student at Yethreb School. My hero is Ali Dernawi. He's from Benghazi. My favourite food is Osban.

Hi! I'm Marwan. I'm 14. I'm Libyan. I'm from Banghazi. I live in Tripoli with my family. I live in Hadba. I'm a student in university. My hero is Jamal Rizik. He's from Hadba. My favourite food is hamburger.