The billboards in South Africa were advertising “Read Al-Quran”. It seemed to be all over – the highway, schools, and malls. What did they mean to a six year old non-Muslim girl? This was a burning question that was always on her mind…she wondered where it could be found and for many years it remained a mystery until she came into contact with the Muslim soc
What is that makes us remember a trip we did 10 years ago, but we don’t remember what we ate yesterday? Why do you remember a song or maybe a drink you had somewhere long time ago?
I have a theory and this theory can have one or more reasons combined.
Reason no1: Because you start with positiveness!
Do you like the word? Positivene
Driving at night after a long day of work, focused on the road – but not really. All of a sudden I feel the presence of a large car behind me. As soon as I look, I see a gentleman inside the car waving at me and making weird gestures. He continues with his motion and flashes his front lights at me continuously. I immediately think he is either crazy or tryi
Women worldwide have endured a long history of injustice, inequality, and struggle. Yet, I can say today, that some of the most influential people on earth are women. Their ability of coming out from the hardest of hardships as strong independent individuals is incredible. Women’s Day is commemorated in several ways around the world. Some communities launch initia
There are a few things that I am afraid of, and most of the time I don’t really try to over come them- I avoid them. However, two fears that are inevitable, and I need to face are my fear of planes and my fear of cats.
To start, I am afraid of cats. They’re cute from far yet to me, also far from cute. When I joined Pomegranate Institute, my first greetin
“Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses”
The word ‘woman’ carries a lot of responsibility, emotion, & strength. Since birth, a woman nurtures her womanhood, which encompasses solidity and duty. This differs from one female to another, and from one culture to another. A woman ca
What does it mean to have a horrible day? Is it a day that’s just evil? Or a day that conspires against you? Or is it a series of events that take place on the same day? What about other people? Is it a bad day just for you or is a bad day for everyone? Fortunately, a bad day for one person can be a good day for another person.
With that said,
"Every individual has to perform his duty. Man is mortal, but his work is not. Therefore, work is greater than wealth." –The Late Sheikh Zayed
We are lucky and blessed to live in a country where an inspirational leader has found an eternal place in the hearts & minds of his people.
It won't take you a
Job interviews can be stressful, and nerve-wracking. Here are some tips on how to nail you job interview:
1. Know Before You Go
Before going to your interview, research, research, and research. Read everything there is to know about the company you are applying for, from their website onto their social media pages & word of mouth
2018 is here, and some of us from the Pom-team would like to share the Best of 2017! We look at the future, and reflect on the past, and focus on the present.Mariam Shibib:
2017 bestowed on us happiness, love & endurance. We thank our lucky angels for blessing our seeds of knowledge with sufficient sunlight to see them flourish and pros
Arabic is an important language in global history; our present & future are connected to the Arabic language and heritage in one-way or another.
The 21st century human is accustomed to using the lingua franca, which is the English language rather than their native language.
I look around observing the people in my surroundings and see hundreds if not th
Why would anyone live without his or her passion? Could it be because of family? Perhaps cold feet, or just the easy way out? These are all the reasons I’ve witnessed my loved ones, and myself go through on their way to pursuing their passion. Some of my loved ones allowed these reasons get to them, and they backed out. Others did not even try at all, and immediat
Final exams week is coming up, and everyone can use a few tips or two to get us through the week. It is a stressful week full of tears, anger, frustration, and confusion, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Keeping your mindset in check and your day planned, could guarantee a more comfortable finals week.
Below are some tips and tricks that you
The best part of the year for me was always summer time. Not because there was a break from school, or because it was time to have fun, but it was because summer time meant going to Syria, to my Aleppo, to my hometown.
I remember every summer was the same exact scenario. When my family and I would be in the plane about to land, I would ask my mom “Mama, do
Ever since I began drinking coffee, I trained myself to drink it very slowly, because I wanted it to last longer. I thought about it- if I drink it fast, it would finish quickly. So, my coffee would sit on my table for hours, and I would end up not wanting to drink it, as it would be cold. I did this to myself until a recent realization, coffee is much better whe
You’ve heard the saying “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. Yet, for some reason when one imitates the other, we always get bothered. I almost feel like it’s an automatic response. After all, who likes to have someone mimic their actions? It can sometimes feel like you have another shadow!
I once had a peer at schoo
I have taken a lot of time to think about my life, my routine, and the way I live. I have one constant issue that keeps bothering me. The more I encounter people, the more stories I hear, the more it bugs me. The longer I live, the more I realize how alike we all are.
What I mean by that is whenever a situation takes place in any of our lives, we tend to th
I attended the soft opening of the UAE’s first Sign Language club at Pomegranate Institute called ‘ Sign a Sign’ and I felt inspired, and I feel more aware now. I realized that people who are mute and deaf should be more integrated into society, should be able to communicate, and should be able to be heard. Just like every single person on this
Have you ever sat and watched two babies play together? Actually sat and observed the very intricate exchange that happens when more than one child is in play? The obvious characteristic of babies is that they don’t speak - but they do communicate!
A while back I was baby-sitting my two nephews. Although both were a mere couple of months old, t
A while ago I went out with an old friend for coffee. We hadn’t seen each other for years and so we seized the opportunity to catch up. The last time we saw each other, we were little children running around in the schoolyard, so it’s safe to say we had a lot to talk about.
My friend, who is older than I am, told me how she graduated from
Language is love. Language is compassion. Language is familiarity. Language can heal. Language can yield so much power- if used correctly. But how? How is it that, a form of communication can be used for so many of those things?
I recently travelled to Canada to help a family member who was in hospital. What struck me the most wasn’t the consta
The mindset of being happy is perceived by some people as either a final result, or as a start to one’s journey, nevertheless it remains as something people desire. Everyone wants to be happy but each of us have our own form of happiness. Unfortunately, many people struggle finding happiness they truly deserve, because of the emphasis they place on happines
Language is an evolving ball that keeps on changing. The English language constantly has words coined and flipped, or completely invented which are added to the dictionary. Every generation has its most commonly used words of which end up being included in the dictionary. What words can you think of that did not exist 10 years ago, but today are part of our daily
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 fine arts courses on the side. I never expected to use that knowledge practically tho
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,
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
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
“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
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
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.
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.
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
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
“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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
“It all started with Evelina’s pomegranate”
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
“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
“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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
The Pomegranate Guide To Learning German
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
Simple But Effective Ways to Improving Your Lifestyle and Career Today
“Let him who would move the world first move himself.” ? Socrates
Before you dive into reading this page, I have to point out that the following information will require work on your behalf. However, each and every point
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
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
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