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3.99 / 5 based on 48 reviews
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Aisha
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, United States
Political Science, Graduate, Study Abroad
American University of Cairo
3.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
My roommate didn't speak english so this was the best factor in helping me learn Arabic. We watched Soap opera and cartoons in Arabic and she would try to explain. I helped her with her english and she with my arabic. Also as a girl you tend to pick up little things automatically when you date some one from the area. And as a girl its not hard to get involved with the male population in the area. So 3 days after I arrived I found myself dating one of the guys in the club I had joined. were still great friends.
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Emily
George Washington University, Washington DC, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
American University of Cairo
4.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: At ease in most situations
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Lots of people speak some level of English, but learning Arabic is much more fun. Take your time and enjoy and use it to the best of your advantage. I MUST warn you- there will be times when you will need an Arabic speaker. If you need to talk to the cops, the hospital, or a bawab. Make FRIENDS with Egyptian students and have them help you. They are all really nice and willing to help!
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bigbadbhav
Arcadia University, Philadelphia, United States
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Independent
American University of Cairo
3.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Arabic
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Arabic a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your Arabic?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Arabic is great language but the school though should be taught in english was not and tended to be in arabic and the international students would be lost. as for the locals. it was sometime difficult to find soemoen randonly offf the street that sopke english.
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Sabrina
Regent's American College London, London, United Kingdom
Business Studies, Undergraduate, Independent
American University of Cairo
4.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Basic phrases
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
The courses at the university are taught in English, however, when students interact with each other it is mostly done in Arabic or a mixture of both languages. Personally, it wasn't hard for me to interact with students in terms of language as there weren't any barriers.
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Lorenzo
UniversitÓ degli Studi di Roma - La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
Language, Graduate, Rotary Scholarship
American University of Cairo
3.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Arabic rocks. That's why I was there. Egyptian arabic is very useful. Maybe less charming than others dialects. But useful
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Clayton
Columbia University, New York City, United States
Language, Graduate, Rotary Fellowship
American University of Cairo
3.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Arabic
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Arabic a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Arabic
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your Arabic?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
Because it was such a difficult language you should not have too high expectations if you are only staying one year.
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Christene
University of the Pacific, Stockton, United States
International Relations, Undergraduate, University Agreement
American University of Cairo
3.0/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Arabic
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Arabic a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Arabic
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your Arabic?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I learned Egyptian Arabic while I was there, it helped very, very much in shopping and travel and such.
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vera
university of javakhishvili, tbilisi, Georgia
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
American University of Cairo
3.5/5
Languages
Language of instruction: Georgian
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning Georgian a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Georgian
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your Georgian?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Basic phrases
My level after: Basic phrases
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
english arabic russian turkish
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