Start Today
11-Oct

Start Today

For a happier and more enjoyable life, you can create your own rainbows, but you must be healthy to do so. Being healthy entails correct eating habits, annual checks, and exercising to name a few, yet we take our health for granted, failing to take these necessary steps. 

We are all aware that breast cancer is a disease that has taken many lives, ma

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Strong-willed People Uplift
08-Oct

Strong-willed People Uplift

Many of us have been in situations where somebody has put us down. We may have been told that we’re ‘no good’, or that we can't do anything right. These comments belittle and humiliate us to an extent of demotivation. We actually start feeling doubtful and more aware of our faults. These remarks are so damaging that sometimes the scars last a

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Together Limitless - Emirates NBD
05-Oct

Together Limitless - Emirates NBD

Pomegranate Institute attended the "Together Limitless" Emirates NBD discussion panel, that aimed at promoting the unity of the community as a whole, including people with individuals with disabilities.

Emirates NBD believes that people with disabilities are capable of achieving their dreams just like anyone else in the society. It also is

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Language Layering
04-Oct

Language Layering

Children are open books. Exposing them to a new language at an early age is one of the simplest ways for learning a different language, for them and their parents. From an early age, their minds are fresh, and open to knowledge, hence they are able to take in whatever they are taught.

It is a great bonus for a child if their native language is Englis

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Be YOUR Success
30-Sep

Be YOUR Success

Ever since I was young, I had one dream and one dream only - to go to Law school at Harvard. I carried this dream with me through all my school years, and there wasn’t anybody who didn’t know about my dream. I told everyone. To me, getting into Harvard was success. Being accepted into the best university was success.  As planned, in my final year

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Thankfulness
27-Sep

Thankfulness

Do you appreciate the simple things in life? It’s easy to reply “yes” but let’s face it, the more we receive the less grateful we become.  How difficult is it to say, “thank you” every morning for merely being able to wake up to a new day?  We take this simple miracle for granted, forgetting its importance, and behavi

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Are You Your Own Barrier?
23-Sep

Are You Your Own Barrier?

When looking at cosmopolitan cities around the world, Dubai must be on the top of the list. According to an article on the “World Atlas”, Dubai is the most cosmopolitan city in the world. It is a hub of different cultures, languages, and traditions. However, no matter what, the native and official language of this city remains to be Arabic. It is true t

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Think One & A Half
17-Sep

Think One & A Half

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’d rather watch the movie than read the book?” Well, most probably we’ve all heard it, and most probably said it at some point in our lives. This has become the norm that this generation has embraced. The consequences of not reading go beyond what we think. The fact that many people do not read also means t

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Find Your True Calling
11-Sep

Find Your True Calling

As young children, all we want is a little more time on the TV, or to stay up past our bedtime. We live the moment and we don’t think of the future (unless our parents promised us ice cream the next day). We look at everyone the same way, and don’t really care where our friends come from; we just want to play. We nag until we get what we want, and once

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My Paradise – Colombia
24-Aug

My Paradise – Colombia

Before making travelling plans we tend to ponder about our destination, so that we make the best of our holiday by getting away from our mundane life. This helps us return to our daily routine with a fresh mind, open to new ideas. With that in mind, we often question our decisions, on the price, amenities, comfort, weather and much more. We are usually a little a

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Soul-Cycling
17-Aug

Soul-Cycling

It is 12.30 at night, 32 degrees warm and on the highway to Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais mountain. Two hours later I arrive at the foot of these bare mountains, pure rock forced to the surface by some tectonic force million years ago, now crumbling each day caused by the tide of day and night.

As scheduled the holiday preparations begin, and I s

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Planting the Seeds of Knowledge
09-Aug

Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

Am I a book lover …? I’m a big fan of stories. The first few stories I came across in my life were during my childhood, the storytellers, my grandparents! Anything & everything could become a story, events linked to our traditions, our family & our home. I vividly remember, how much I enjoyed hearing stories related to my great grandfather. E

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The Higher Perspective of Love
05-Aug

The Higher Perspective of Love

You can climb the highest mountain, look down on Mother Earth from the comfort of your airplane seat, yet, none of these heights will match the sensation & excitement of watching the world from my father’s shoulders. I must admit, I still have one tear-filled eye whilst writing this blog. It is this picturesque Greek family right in front of me, bless t

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When in Rome
02-Aug

When in Rome

Many years ago, I travelled to Rome. I saw many different European cities, but I must admit that despite what people say about Rome being chaotic and disorganized, I felt in love with this city. There is literally a monument in every corner. Every step you take in this city is not a boring or tiring one. Your eyes are always ready to catch maybe a clear fresh fou

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The Language of Silence
29-Jul

The Language of Silence

I am not that certain exactly where I started out my journey in this lush deep rainforest of the Eastern Congo. No road to speak of, just some trodden pathways from elephants and locals crossing my path now and then. I am heading in a Southerly direction, sometimes a little East and then West again, meandering along the last ripples of the great African rift vall

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Seedy’s Travel Diary
26-Jul

Seedy’s Travel Diary

In our Pom-family, everyone is writing travel blogs and was thinking why can’t I …?

I also travelled on a very small trip out of Pomegranate Institute recently and would like to share that experience with all my Pom-readers.

Being at Pomegranate Institute is like constantly being on a world tour – It’s such a cul

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Treat Depression Without Medication
24-Jul

Treat Depression Without Medication

Do you wish to beat depression once and for all? Your antidote is here – without medication, ever.

Amidst all the hustle and bustle of life, the increasing use of technology and the ongoing evolution of happenings and events, people around us and even our inner selves, depression is on the rise according to statistics worldwide.

In

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My memories of Mongolia
22-Jul

My memories of Mongolia

A famous Mongolian saying says ‘The supreme treasure is knowledge, the middle treasure is children, and the lowest treasure is material wealth‘.

I wish I had understood the meaning of this sentence much earlier in life. I also wish, my late father could read this blog. What a man he was. Full of life, love and the lessons he has

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The Benefits of Travelling
19-Jul

The Benefits of Travelling

Travel is beneficial for many reasons, and can also increase mental well-being, not just in the short-term but it can sustain us for a longer period. Whether you’re traveling for business or on a family holiday, traveling can make you a happier person by building self-confidence, providing new experiences, memories, breaking routine, and allowing you to mee

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Korea, Love Goes Through The Stomach
17-Jul

Korea, Love Goes Through The Stomach

I visited Seoul, South Korea with my best friend in Mid May. It was such a perfect time to visit there since the weather was not too hot neither too cold. The first thing that came to mind when people talk to me about South Korea are “K-Drama” and cosmetics with cute packaging. After 5 days into my stay there it’s not only the city itself that I

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Traveling To The World Of Art
15-Jul

Traveling To The World Of Art

TRAVELING TO THE WORLD OF ART : A SEMI- FAILED ATTEMPT

I’ve always been a big art enthusiast. I had tampered with the idea of becoming a fine-arts major. Practicality and life, however, directed me to language and literature – beautiful art forms in their own rights. Though, in order to quench my thirst, I did take a few

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The Scent of Home
12-Jul

The Scent of Home

I once heard that travel is the only thing you can buy that will make you richer – richer in knowledge.

Travelling back home

It was a long trip back to SA…. at the airport at 7.00 am, the eight-hour flight, then a queue for the rental car, and a half an hour drive home. Despite all of that,

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From Kalamata with love
05-Jul

From Kalamata with love

From …the world , with love  

The academic year is over, schools have closed and you can not wait to go back home! Ahhhhh….. mum’s food , the smell of the soil , the smile of the locals…

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What’s your story ?
06-Jun

What’s your story ?

What’s your story ?

We often give stories to our students to read, but how often do we tell them a story?

Storytelling is the oldest form of teaching. It gives children the answers to the biggest questions of creation, life, and the afterlife. Stories define us, shape us, control us, and make us. Not every human

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Al-jar kabel al-dar
26-May

Al-jar kabel al-dar

الجار قبل الدار

” Coffee is boiling, Coffee is ready!” She said, ” I am coming!” she replied. This is how a morning conversation would start in a typical Syrian neighbourhood.

Syrians are famous for their gen

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The Four Seasons of Life
26-Aug

The Four Seasons of Life

Merhaba from Istanbul- I’m writing this blog while waiting for my connecting flight to Dubai. This trip, I visited Istanbul & Fethiye-  far from all stress reminders. Mashallah is the best way to sum up my post-holiday feeling. The sound of the Azan (call for prayer) covers Istanbul with a blanket of angelic voices. Regardless of what religion you

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“Filotimo” is not ‘all Greek’ to you
13-May

“Filotimo” is not ‘all Greek’ to you

“Filotimo” is not ‘all Greek’ to you

” Filotimo” is not ‘all Greek’ to you. As we all somehow carry our culture with, or on us, I am no exception.

I carry my culture making my Greek coffee in the morning. You can see my culture on my grimy apron, so much so, that no matter

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Soul search your calling
11-May

Soul search your calling

Trying to find your place- your calling in this world, is everything but easy. For many, it’s a never ending process, for some it seems to be a ‘no brainer’.

Following my studies, extensive traveling and a fair amount of soul searching, I eventually found ‘my calling!’ I realised the importance of education in places whe

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Mabuhay ng Simple
10-May

Mabuhay ng Simple

PHILIPPINES, is a country which comprises of hundreds of islands, houses different races, tribes and cultures, and of different beliefs. On the southern part of the country lives a single tribe, which I belong to, proudly! From the province of Lanao del Sur lies a small city called Marawi.

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Sky isn’t the Limit
06-May

Sky isn’t the Limit

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind-
Khalil Gibran

‘Cuppa tea and a scone!’

This is how I grew up listening to British

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My Pooram – A WALK TO REMEMBER
03-May

My Pooram – A WALK TO REMEMBER

Pooram – my childhood memories start here. In my mind it’s all there- in beautifully detailed memories. I’m holding my grandfather’s hand and stepping out from Home for Pooram. I still remember the excitement I went through each time during Pooram. It is a post-harvest festival based on the temples in each place of Kerala.

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Multilingualism & Code-switching
02-May

Multilingualism & Code-switching

Multilingualism, Translingualism & Code-switching (language switching)

I grew up bilingual and my parents weren’t even aware of all the discussions people were having on multilingualism in children. Parents are very much concerned about this nowadays. They wonder, whether their child, who is brought

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PINOY Ako in many ways
29-Apr

PINOY Ako in many ways

PINOY Ako in many ways!

(I am Filipino in many ways!)

Hello everyone, kamusta kayo?

Last night while browsing my social accounts, I saw many beautiful things that I should be proud of as Filipina which gave me an inspiration to write this blog.

Let me take you to on a mind trip to my de

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WHY I LOVE SOUTH AFRICA
26-Apr

WHY I LOVE SOUTH AFRICA

Braaivleis, Rugby, Sunny Skies and Chevrolet” is a phrase I have been hearing as a little girl, and till now this is what we South African do…relax under sunny skies with a braai (barbeque) at a rugby match and music playing from our cars. In those days, Chevrolet was the car to have to just chill.

I’ve live

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Create, Innovate, Propagate. Be Remembered
26-Apr

Create, Innovate, Propagate. Be Remembered

This is the story of Kui-Kui, the guy who was disturbed by the fact that the stories of his tribe were not being told the way it actually happened and each time the story was told it was missing a part of it’s magic. He needed to find a solution to make those stories permanent and passed on to next generations with dignity and honesty. One night while he wa

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World Malaria day- Let’s close the gap together
25-Apr

World Malaria day- Let’s close the gap together

The impact of malaria on the brain

This is an informative blog about the impact of malaria on brain activities.

Cerebral malaria is still highly fatal, but fortunately there are chances to survive with appropriate treatments. However, studies report that patients who survived, did not recovered fully and remain af

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A book a day keeps the soul dust away
23-Apr

A book a day keeps the soul dust away

Imagine yourself sitting in a cafe in Paris on a sunny afternoon with a café au lait, a croissant and a book. Yes, la vie en rose !

This feeling of comfort and joy of letting your surrounding bedazzle you and watching people walking by- with a sense of peace in the air..

That’s the magic of reading- taking you to wher

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Fingerspitzengefühl
23-Apr

Fingerspitzengefühl

Fingerspitzengefühl

Let’s take the word Fingerspitzengefühl. Literally it means finger tips feeling (der Finger (singular)/ die Finger (plural) = finger, die Spitze (singular)/ die Spitzen (plural) = tip or peak, das Gefühl = feeling.

3 words form 1 word in

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Migrating, studying, working abroad- here’s your guide & tutor
21-Apr

Migrating, studying, working abroad- here’s your guide & tutor

Living in the UAE resembles the life of a global village, waking up to the Kris Fade show on Virgin Radio, playing the latest hits trending from around the globe, whilst sipping on your Italian barista coffee, driving to work surrounded by sunshine, Burj Khalifa peaking out amongst the sea of skyscrapers and faces from everywhere visible through their tinted wind

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The Importance of active listening
18-Apr

The Importance of active listening

Do you really listen?

It’s natural during a conversation to tune in and out of what the other person is saying. Most of us tend to be preoccupied with our own thoughts much of the time. This can be especially true if the conversation is emotionally charged. Over time, this lack of being fully present can disrupt genuine communi

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Seedy the Catfucious
20-Apr

Seedy the Catfucious

How would you feel if every day of your life was a new adventure? Meeting new faces, hanging out with friends & family? Doing fun stuff.

 

I love to play, eat, sleep, to cuddle & to give the occasional bite or scratch here or there… I don’t mean to hurt anyone. I know everyone here means well

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Debt is the scissor of love
15-Apr

Debt is the scissor of love

Sajid is our first team member  & our Money Maestro. Naturally, the first thing that came to his mind is to write a blog about the two things that matter most to him- family & Pakistan, his homeland, as well as the third thing that he learned to handle with care, money. Sajid truly cares for his colleagues and he is not only an important pillar of th

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Il Dolce Far Niente
12-Apr

Il Dolce Far Niente

Italians who find themselves living in northern countries really experience the lack of free time.

There is a thing in those cold countries: the pressure, the anxiety to be an interesting person. Your “free” time is everything but free! All activities are already scheduled for any single moment of time you have after school or after work.

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Missing Home
08-Apr

Missing Home

Jordan… from where should I start…

After thinking about this blog for a week now, I finally decided that the best way of writing about my country is simply by listening to my heart.

I’m currently living in Dubai, and it is something I always looked forward to, but I never thought that I’ll be mi

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Like daughter like mother
19-Apr

Like daughter like mother

Syrians are very fond of proverbs and like to use them to describe everyday situations such as fortune, pride, dignity, time and mortality.

One commonly used proverb is  "طب الجرة على تمها، بتطلع البنت لأمها"  “turn the jar upside down, the daughter will be just like her mother” and we use

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Classroom Vs Virtual Classes
05-Apr

Classroom Vs Virtual Classes

If you are reading this right now then you are likely looking for an answer to the above.

At Pomegranate HQ, we often get asked if we offer online language learning as well as classroom learning and which of the two we recommend for that individual.

What we like to point out is that online learning is more of a passive way of learning, w

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Introduced to Tariq Khan
04-Apr

Introduced to Tariq Khan

Introduced to Tariq Khan! 

Tariq has a story he wants to share with you- watch out for a special expression that you will carry away from this blog!

Tariq is our course coordinator & self proclaimed ‘Chief Chatter’! He was nominated Pom-member of the month (well-deserved) and is indeed a seed of happ

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The Pomegranate Story
01-Apr

The Pomegranate Story

“It all started with Evelina’s pomegranate”

Idomeni: Efkharisto

Back in September 2015, I decided to spend Eid by helping those who had little left to celebrate. Joined by a group of friends (all ladies) we went to Idomeni, a small village in Greece, near the borders

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Mother’s Day
21-Mar

Mother’s Day

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there”. Robert Browning

A mother is a full-time cheerleader, bodyguard, life coach, inspirational leader & works around the clock to give, give & give her child whatever his/her heart desires!

It goes without saying that being a mom is one of the toughest,yet, also most rewarding

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Joyeux Francophonie Day
20-Mar

Joyeux Francophonie Day

Aimeriez-vous un verre de jus de grenade? Fancy a glass of pomegranate juice?

Joyeux Francophonie Day’!

 Today, we raise our pom-juice glasses to wish our French speaking pom-friends ‘joyeu

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Pomegranate Dedicates March as Month of Women
01-Mar

Pomegranate Dedicates March as Month of Women

“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained” Marie Curie

Ahead of International Women’s Day, let’s remind the world that women are no more a dormant segment of the society. They play a significant and an influencing role in stimulating s

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How to get a higher IELTS-TOEFL score
06-Apr

How to get a higher IELTS-TOEFL score

The main tip for an IELTS exam is to “beat time”.

Listening to our students commenting “there isn’t sufficient time for all the questions to be completed” is the most common feedback, thereby, them having to repetitively take the IELTS exam. So, most of the time, we are preparing frustrated students who just need si

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World NGO Day
27-Feb

World NGO Day

A day to build bridges between Non-Governmental Organizations and various other sectors regardless of size, location, or type of organization. World NGO Day initiative was created by a university student Marcis Liors Skadmanis, who first thought of the initial idea during his Masters in International Law and NGO legislation. World NGO Day was officially recognise

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learn-sign-language
27-Feb

learn-sign-language

The eyes become the ears & the hands becomes the mouth.

Yes, it’s sign language we’re talking about.

When we think of learning a new language; spoken languages are the first thing that come into our mind.

Go beyond that.

Learn Sign Language.

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Time Management
27-Feb

Time Management

Since we all get the same 24 hours, why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than others?

The answer lies in good time management.

“Time Management” is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.

Good time management enables you to work smarte

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Why Study NLP
27-Feb

Why Study NLP

“Nobody loves me; Nobody cares for me”

Is this a typical phrase you’re accustomed to listening from your surrounding?

Those looking to improve their quality of life from within, without the use of dangerous pharmaceuticals, Neuro-linguistic programming is absolutely worth a look. It doesn&rsq

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International Mother Language Day
20-Feb

International Mother Language Day

When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity.

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage.

International Mother Language Day is celebrated every year since 2000 to promote peace and multilingualism. The day corresponds to 21 February 1

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Empower yourself with Hindi
20-Feb

Empower yourself with Hindi

Are you planning to visit The Himalayas in India or the Neelum Valley in Pakistan?

Learning Hindi will become an ice-breaker to have some interesting conversations with the local people.

Nearly 425 million people speak Hindi as a first language and around 120 million as a second language.

Living in the U.A.E, knowing Hindi i

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International Day of Women & Girls in Science
11-Feb

International Day of Women & Girls in Science

To recognize the integral role women and girls play in the fields of Science and Technology, United Nations last year decided to dedicate February 11 as ‘International Day of Women & Girls in Science’.

This began in 2016 and continues to be celebrated every year, the UN asserts that girls continue to face stereotypes, social and cultu

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Pomegranate Institute Unites For World Cancer Day
05-Feb

Pomegranate Institute Unites For World Cancer Day

Inspired by the World Cancer Day slogan of #WeCanICan, the Pomegranate team is donating blood at Latifa Hospital. We invite you to become a part of Pom-family and join hands in a solidarity gesture with the cancer patients.

World Cancer Day was started by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Can

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Valentine’s Special – 20% Off on Global Languages
03-Feb

Valentine’s Special – 20% Off on Global Languages

 

It is February and love is in the air!!

Make Valentine’s 2017 a special one with 20% discount on all global languages at Pomegranate Institute!!

The offer runs from February 1st – 14th.

Learn French, Italian, German, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish and over eighteen langua

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First Cultural Evening at Pomegranate Language Institute
09-Jan

First Cultural Evening at Pomegranate Language Institute

First Cultural Evening at Pomegranate Language Institute

In Greece, the pomegranate fruit symbolises luck, new beginnings, well wishes and is given to people on special occasions or life turning events such as child birth, weddings, graduation, new job, etc.
Mariam Shibib was given one in Idomeni, a small village in Greece bordering Macedo

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An Expats Guide To UAE National Day
30-Nov

An Expats Guide To UAE National Day

An Expats Guide To UAE National Day

Whether you have just landed in the UAE or you are simply interested in learning more about the UAE National then you’re in the right place. To mark the 2016 UAE National Day (Yawm al watani) we felt it would be appropriate to provide you with some in-depth information about this glorious celebration.

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The Pomegranate Guide To Learning German
25-Nov

The Pomegranate Guide To Learning German

The Pomegranate Guide To Learning German

Hallo!

From our research and daily enquiries to our customer service desk, we understand that there are many people in Dubai and across the UAE who are seeking our help to learn German. This is why this week; we shall be covering some simple but effective techniques, ways and strategies which wi

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Common Myths About Learning A New Language
12-Nov

Common Myths About Learning A New Language

5 Common Myths About Learning A New Language Debunked

1. “I’m too old.”

My friend, age is simply a state of mind.

Many of us first start learning a new language during our school days. And even though there are theories stating that learning a language should be done before reaching a teenager, these ha

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Professional Development Really Improve Business
05-Nov

Professional Development Really Improve Business

Can Professional Development Really Improve My Business?

Before we jump into the reasons why you should invest in Professional Development (also known as staff development), let’s first see what one of the most successful business people in the world has to say.

Richard Branson has quoted many times that “Clients do not com

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4 Ways To Learn A New Language Today
27-Oct

4 Ways To Learn A New Language Today

4 Ways To Learn A New Language Today

Learning a new language can be daunting for many. When mentioning learning a foreign language how to learn Arabic, to someone they instantly think of the amount of time required to learn, the complicated pronunciation(s) and of course the writing and spelling of foreign words.  Yet, this is really not the c

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5 Reasons Why Learning A Language Can Help You
20-Oct

5 Reasons Why Learning A Language Can Help You

5 Reasons Why Learning A Language Can Help You

As a leading language institute in Dubai, we frequently get asked from our students, what is the benefit of learning a new language?

Well from our experience there’s more than one benefit to learning a language. The benefits and advantages of learning a new language are simply incred

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