Ahlan Arabic Centre Cairo
The reality of modern life makes it very interesting to learn Arabic online. Many people have very demanding schedules, and the ability to study from anywhere simplifies a busy life.
Whether you are a student busy with exams and class attendance or a worker and have an uncompromising schedule to which you are committed throughout the year, our online Arabic courses allow you to organize yourself in such a way that you can continue learning while fulfilling all your obligations and, of course, you also have free time to enjoy yourself.
That is why we understand that finding time to move to another country for a long period of time to learn a new language is a luxury that is not available to everyone. However, the new technologies make it easier for everyone.
Ahlan World offers students from all over the world the opportunity to learn Arabic online with the advantages of structured courses and immersive, flexible and individualized Arabic lessons, available to everyone.
The online classes will be adapted to your daily life and the Ahlan World teachers will make you feel as you were at the school. You also have the advantage that they are one-to-one classes so they will focus on your specific needs. No matter if you want to learn Arabic to study abroad or if you you work in any company aiming to do business with Middle East countries, our teachers will help you to learn the Arabic language in the most specialized way possible so that you can customize your curriculum and achieve your desired goals.
Ahlan World offers online lessons Modern Standard Arabic and Colloquial Arabic courses at all levels and times.
All you need is an Internet connection and a Skype account. Lack of time is no longer an excuse to give up learning Arabic!
Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary and Grammar
You can choose from the following class times:
Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.
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Arabic is a beautiful, dynamic language and it is worth spending time studying it. Apart from lessons with our expert teachers, the institute offers many activities that provide opportunities to practice speaking Arabic. Time outside the city, frequent visits to historical sites and markets (suq), language and culture exchanges, meeting local people and making friends with Egyptians are all ways to increase your language skills.
No matter your level, Ahlan-Egypt encourages you to embrace Arabic and practice speaking and reading the language inside and outside the institute.
All year-round, we have one-to-one classes and the special group courses (40 or 60 hours).
At Ahlan-Egypt you can study both Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA).
Our team of teachers is composed of professional, highly experienced, native speakers, specialized in teaching Arabic to foreigners.
During each course, the student has the opportunity to experience different ways of teaching, with our teachers.
Of course, the lessons, both in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, are organized using several methods of teaching, including grammar, multi-media, literature, poetry, songs and movies.
Each class lasts from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the course, with a break in the middle. Free tea is provided during breaks.
In case there is only one person in a level, instead of pushing him/her into a lower or higher level, we prefer to organize a private tuition of 1 hour and a half per day for MSA (normal or teacher training program) and 1 hour for ECA.
You can have also an intensive course in Modern Standard Arabic, by enrolling to the Extra Linguistic Activities course, in addition to Normal MSA courses, thus adding two more hours of lessons daily of linguistic activities, games that test linguistic skills and conversation, totalling 10 hours of instruction per week. This course is available only to students registered on any of the MSA normal courses, except beginners.
In the case of a public holiday at any point during the course, the missed hours will be made up for through additional classes before or after the holiday, EXCEPT Eid el-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. These Eid days will be discounted from the overall course price and will not be made up for.
Professional experts provide Calligraphy, Media, Journalism and Translation courses in theheart of Egypt's capital.
Five hours a week are devoted to seminars, workshops and local tours of the narrow, winding passages of old Islamic Cairo that surround the school. Tours to interesting sites outside the city are also organised, highlighting Egypt’s history and heritage spots. These tours are always organized within the context of responsible and sustainable tourism.
The institute has three branches: Alexandria, Cairo and Luxor. The school in Alexandria, the pearl of the Mediterranean, is located in the historical center of the city, at the first floor of a very old building in front of the sea; the one in Cairo has a wonderful location too, since it is in the Old Islamic Cairo, between Khan el Kalili (the biggest suq in the Middle East and Bab el Nasr). The school in Luxor is located in the center of the city, near the famous suq.
All the institutes are equipped with air-conditioning and they do have wireless internet service and the ability to make it available to anyone whose computer is equipped for wireless operation. All students at the institute are welcome to use this service at no extra charge, with their personal laptop.
The nationality and age mix at Ahlan Arabic Centre Cairo varies over different time periods, courses and levels.
The new Ahlan Arabic Centre is situated in the heart of ancient Islamic Cairo. The vibrant area of Khan El Kalili is just a short walk away and offers an immediate introduction to Egyptian culture with its souks, coffee houses and restaurants.
We are very proud of our new centre. A recently renovated 400-year-old building, it has six air-conditioned class rooms, a reception area offering free tea and coffee and contains a library. We provide a warm and friendly welcome to all our students who are encouraged to immerse themselves in the Arabic language and Egypt’s rich culture and history.
We encourage our students to take part in community literacy projects that operate from the building under the auspices of FEDA, an Egyptian non-governmental organization. This provides an excellent opportunity to speak Arabic with local people.
I would like to repeat the course as soon as possible. Arwa, teacher with a great pedagogy. who did her course only in Arabic language. Good manual, very good methodShow details » Read more...
Ms. Nagwa is an excellent teacher. I owed her a lot.Show details » Read more...
I was lucky to have a wonderful person as a teacher who really took time to define what i wanted to accomplish with these lessons and adjust the course accordingly. The school is located in khan al khalili which makes it really easy to access. There are several classroom of various sizes, with good AC. I fell in love with the team there, and their warm welcoming made me felt just like I've know them for years. I immediately felt comfortable.Show details » Read more...
We had no classes, because there were not enough students. This I find not good: You should tell the students before, that at the moment there it is most possible, that one has single lessons and because of that less lessons than booked.
My teacher was ok. But she came 2x late and was often tired. She did not really explain the grammar, she just went through the book. The book was quite good and the entrance test also. So they really taught me on my level.
facilities were ok and teachers were very kind.
Teachers very good, and also the other stuff. Everybody did their best to make everything as good as possibly for me.
The location of the school was "funny" , I liked it.
The apartment had also a good location (down town). Everybody did everything they could to make/fix everything as good as possibly in the "housing".
I didn´t participate in any activities, because I didn't wanted to. But they (the school) organised things and the students seemed to be happy about it.
The offered programs of Ahlan are various, so you can go on learning how ever you like and feel. Also within time classes you are flexible for course changes or time outs for travelling around Egypt. The Ahlan team is so great and nice, you will feel comfortable timely if you are open minded. And if you need help in anyway? You will get it!
Thanks for everything.
When I searched at the first day the location of Ahlan school it was pretty hard to find it.
Finally after asking some people and using my maps I founded the right place.
So as a feedback maybe they could place some signs.
When arrived the welcoming was really niced.
My teacher directly presented herself and I needed to do a test so they could check my level.
After finishing my test there was a kind boy who helped me with pronunciation.
During the two weeks I really enjoyed the lessons.
The teacher was able to speak English very well.
Besides that he had a really positive vibe.
I've heard there a hotels linked to the school but I already had another hotel booked.
Sometimes the students organised activities like having diner together or going to cultural places together.
After all I'am really happy with this experience in Cairo and at Ahlan.
Hope this is enough information.
Tijn van Emmerik
Location is excellent. It’s fun to have lunch in Khan el Khalili. All of the other faculty members seem to be excellent also, as the administrators.Show details » Read more...
Very flexible and accommodating: Because of my full-time job, I could only do class on Fridays and/or Saturdays when the school is closed, but they were very flexible in scheduling one-on-one tutoring for those days. They were also very flexible in creating a curriculum that included a blend of MSA and colloquial Egyptian. They were also very flexible in extending my lessons due my frequent travels that caused me to miss class.
Competent teachers: I began with one instructor for the first 20 or so weeks who was very good, but had to depart for a job overseas. My second instructor has also been very good. Ahlan Instructors are patient and especially good with explaining Arabic grammar which, for me, is very important in understanding and retaining the language. Instructors are also very nice and welcoming and enjoy helping students experience the culture of Cairo.
Acceptable location: I live in Cairo about a 20-30 minute Uber ride from the school so the location was not convenient for me in terms of being within walking distance of home. However, the school is located on the backside of the Khan e-Khalili shopping district so it is an ideal location for students to walk outside the school and practice Arabic at shops and restaurants.
Acceptable facilities: The school has separate furnished classrooms (with white boards), outdoor sitting areas, kitchen facilities, bathroom facilities, free Wi-Fi, and A/C (very important in the summer). Flies are bothersome, but that's typical everywhere in Cairo. Feral cats are also frequent visitors slipping into classrooms and meowing loudly for food (students should be careful as they may carry rabies). There was also staff available during my lessons offering tea and keeping the facilities clean.
Housing: Not applicable (I live in Cairo)
Activities: For the most part, my schedule would not allow me to participate in any of the cultural activities that Ahlan offers. I was able to participate in Iftar dinner hosted at the school because it occurred late enough after work. It was very nice. Plenty of good food and an opportunity for me to me other teachers and students that I normally don't have an opportunity to interact with. Very family-oriented feeling at Ahlan.
Ahlan Cairo is a language school that I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to study Arabic in Cairo, as there was a very good balance between studying and doing cultural activities, where you could explore Cairo and learn more about Egyptian culture. The class sizes were perfect for me, as I wanted to do a one on one course and get more personal attention. The classes were then tailored to me, based on what I wanted to learn or study. The school itself is located in Al-Gamaleya, which made the experience feel very authentic, as you get to see the old city of Cairo every single day. The housing was also excellent, as that was one thing I was worried about but I had no complaints or problems.Show details » Read more...
Location was perfect and just 10 minutes from metro station. Facilities were excellent and the activities were great. The teacher and manager are super friendly.
I only missed having other students around because I was the only one in my class. It would be more fun to have someone in the same level as me to make homework and practice with in Arabic.
I'm a student of languages and I have studied in several private schools, so I can make a comparison. Ahlan has small classes with few students, divided by level. This was good for learning because the teachers give you full attention and involve you in the lesson. Having different teachers gives different learning methods, such as listening, dictation, grammar etc. The teachers were always available to help you if you had problems understanding, and they incited you to talk and practice the conversation. They had a good method of teaching Arabic to foreigners, which is what is sometimes difficult to find in others Arabic schools.
Talking about the general atmosphere, I never felt excluded; the entire staff had always done their best to make me feel at ease even with the different culture. They treated me with respect and cordiality.
Moreover, the school organized different activities, which allowed you to spend your time outside school, discovering Egypt.
Mr. Hamada, the director, was very helpful; he answered all my doubts and he helped me every time I needed help. He worried about everything until he was sure you had everything you need.
The nice thing about Ahlan is that you can learn and make friends, and feel like being in a big family. Even the cleaning lady was very nice to us. The last thing is the school location: Ahlan is on the old Islamic Cairo, which is the best place to see the real Egyptian life.
I enjoyed my experience at school, especially the fact that I was living in the city where I was studying! The people were very kind and generous. I would however like to make more cultural visits in the city of Cairo. I liked the patience of the teacher. Some were a lot more organized than others in their working methods. The teaching method of Professor Omar was remarkable, because these courses were planned and he tracked back on the material covered in other courses. I believe this is essential to learning.Show details » Read more...
The teachers are excellent, very competent and extremely professional. The school is located in a very nice historical area. When you enter the school, the staff makes you feel you are a part of their family. There is a very nice employee who cooks great authentic Egyptian food while helping you do your homework and practice speaking Arabic.
The administrators would do anything to make your stay enjoyable. They actually visit the country with you! They take care of everything. I was living in a nice flat, located about 5 minutes walk from Tharir square. Every single person that I met has become a great friend of mine. It's all about the people. Everyone is so kind.
There are no words to express how grateful I am to have met all these great people.
I liked that the classes were smaller. It was more personal, which helped me learn the language. It was good that the teachers conducted the classes in Arabic as much as possible. This forced me to learn the language. Extra cultural experiences, trips, and lectures outside of class made the experience even more fulfilling. I felt that the location was very good. There were some nice little shops in the area surrounding the school. I walked there every day from the Arabian Nights hostel, which was a very nice walk for me. I liked the Arabian Nights hostel very much, but I think it was a better place for shorter stays.
If you will in Cairo for over a month, do not stay in the Arabian Nights hostel. If you will stay for less than a month, then the Arabian Nights hostel is a nice simple place. As for the teachers, I liked all of them. It felt very family-like, which helped in learning the language. The weekly activities were also amazing and I am glad that I had the opportunity to do some of those. I will hopefully return one day. I connected with a lot of good people.
The staff at school, location and facilities were very nice. I learned a lot, since the school provides classes for every student, no matter which level they are in. What made the experience to study Arabic at Ahlan Egypt even more perfect were the countless activities after class.Show details » Read more...
Warm hearty atmosphere. Teaching was well prepared and included intuitive learning which I appreciate. Lessons were held in Arabic only where possible which was really helpful for the learning process. The staff was always very friendly caring and interested. I felt very much at home.Show details » Read more...
I am back in Switzerland for a week now. All in all I had a good experience, of which the school was one part. I have relatives in Alexandria which I visited regularly on the weekends and I have friends in Cairo whom I met in the evenings.
I have applied for a class and for a one on one teaching; in the end I was the only student, so I had only one on one teaching. I was welcomed in a friendly way, by Ali the manager and Omar, the teacher.
I am a language teacher myself, so I am probably a very difficult student and in fact I judge the didactic quality varied. On the one hand the teaching material was all in Arabic and did not offer any vocabulary list, but I managed to do one by myself. On the other hand, with the help of the teacher I managed to get through the book quite well, but I must say it is not comparable with what I use in my teaching. As for the didactic techniques, the teacher used a variety of methods through the lessons, gave homework and checked it. But I hardly ever had the impression that he was in any way prepared. I am, of course, aware that I cannot expect Swiss quality.
My Arabic is now on a decent level, I can formulate sentences and speak to strangers who don't speak English, and that is due to the lessons; but I'd like to add that I did my homework and added two hours per day to the lessons, revising and studying.
The school is situated in an area that is considered the historic centre of Cairo, unfortunately that means only to a certain extent picturesque, the area (not the school) is rather dirty, but never dangerous. The call to prayer was extremely loud and disturbed the lessons very much. The house in which the school is in belongs to the FEDA, an organization which gives room to craftsmen. That makes it loud too, for hammering and so, but I liked the idea and I didn't find it disturbing.
The school offers an outing every night, I accepted it once, since I had a lot of friends in Cairo, it was a very nice Sufi dance. Every day, we had a breakfast with local traditional food, which I liked very much.
My main issue concerning this school is the staff, not so much as professionals, but rather their way of thinking: Ali the manager is from upper Egypt, not from Cairo and has a wife there who can not come to see him. He speaks openly about wanting to get married to another woman in Cairo since he is fascinated with their libertine ways, although he cannot understand that women in Cairo walk without men at their side.
Omar the teacher, when I answered to his question, what is east of Egypt, there is Israel, said, no Israel does not exist, it's Palestine.
The (female) servant was veiled with a face cover that allowed to see only her eyes. I didn't like that so much, although the lady was very nice.
I can accept that people think the way they think, especially since this gave me an insight in a way of thinking which seems to be very common in Egypt, but this school is oriented to westerners and it belongs to an Italian. So I expect the staff to be aware about their clients' open minded thinking and not to let their thinking shine through too much.
All in all, I learned a lot in this school, not only linguistically, but socio-politically as well, but that part was not easy to digest.
Dear Mr Hilal,
Having read your feedback, I feel it is my duty to respond to you personally. I am glad to hear that, on the whole, your experience of Egypt was good. As you are no doubt aware, Egypt has been adversely affected by both the revolution and the Middle East conflicts along its borders. As a result, tourism is down and students are few. Therefore, we appreciate your visit all the more and take your comments seriously.
Egyptians are very friendly people, so it pleases me to hear that the staff were welcoming. Your assumption to expect less of the teaching methodology here is correct, although your vocabulary list suggestion is excellent and we shall put this into action for future students.
I was pleased to read that your Arabic has improved as a result of the course and that you also understand the importance of the homework and self-study. Not all students are as diligent. Your comments about the setting of the school will be useful to those people who have never travelled to Cairo before and will let them know what to expect upon arrival.
My main issue concerning your feedback was the personal comments about the staff. The review page should not be used as a forum to make judgements about individuals or their religious beliefs. There are no 'servants' at this school, we are all staff. At Ahlan Egypt, if a woman chooses to wear a nicab then this is her choice. As long as staff are friendly and helpful, they are welcome to work in our school.
With regard to the temporary manager (who was working there at the time of your visit), I accept that his personal opinions may have offended you and that they may have been inappropriate comments. However, to state your understanding of his opinions on a public web page is equally inappropriate. Finally, your statement about the teacher being drawn into a political conversation was alarming. Obviously, I have reminded staff that Ahlan Egypt is not a political or religious institution and therefore no opinions can be expressed on these matters, even if pressed.
I hope we have dealt with the feedback to your satisfaction.
I very much liked studying Arabic in Islamic Cairo and found this to be a much more dynamic and authentic experience. It was great having intensive private classes, and the teachers/staff were very friendly. I was disappointed that there weren't any cultural activities offered (it was a very quiet time at the school) and it was also quite frustrating that I wasn't able to have morning classes every day - but the staff did try to be understanding about this.Show details » Read more...
My time here in Cairo is amazing. I am having Arabic lessons in the morning, it is one to one because there was nobody else on my level and therefore very intensive, and in the afternoon we are having each day different activities. I really like my lessons, my teacher is good and patient. The school is really nice, the facilities are very good and everybody is totally friendly and helpful. Any question can be asked and they try to do everything to make you feel good. There is always time for having a tea together, for a talk, for a joke... I am not only learning Arabic, but also a lot about the people, culture and the current situation in Egypt. I am living in a shared apartment with another girl who is also studying at school. The place is really nice.Show details » Read more...
It is possible to live in a rented apartment during your study in Cairo, but this tends to be more expensive. Ahlan Arabic Centre provides some assistance with apartment rentals or you can rent an apartment on your own. Learn more about apartment housing
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