1. What do you teach at the CAE and how long have you been with us?
I teach Arabic and Danish and I have been with you since September 2014.
  1. What do you like most about teaching at the CAE?
At CAE we get students of all ages from all corners of Melbourne who study languages for different reasons, and I love their enthusiasm and interacting with them during class. It’s a privilege to be part of their learning process.
  1. Why do you think the CAE is such an important part of the Melbourne community?
I think CAE offers a very wide variety of exciting classes and at different levels so there is really something for everyone. Also, the staff is great and the location is in the centre of vibrant Melbourne.
  1. How many languages do you speak?
I speak four languages: English, Danish, Arabic, and Croatian.
  1. Do you have a favourite language and why?
My favourite language and not so secret obsession is definitely Arabic. It is so rich and structured so beautifully. From a cultural perspective, every expression is deep and meaningful – nearly poetic. What is not to love?
  1. Do you ever get confused and end up conversing in multiple languages at the same time?
I definitely do mix languages at times. Especially, when I am travelling and swapping in between languages continuously.
  1. What’s the most embarrassing language error you’ve ever made and what happened?
I been lucky and not experienced anything particularly embarrassing language error wise. However, I do know a guy who once ordered a prostitute instead of chicken in China.  Fortunately, they all just had a good laugh about it. In general, when people can tell that you are trying to communicate in their language they are just happy that you are making the effort.
  1. What super power would you choose if you could choose one?
Hmm… Tough one! Probably to be able to speak all languages in the world fluently. Knowing languages is a window to understanding different cultures. Imagine how beautifully we could all get along if we spoke each other’s languages.
  1. The best coffee in Melbourne can be found at…?
My house! Arabic coffee with cardamom.
  1. Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
It is never too late to learn something new or to follow a dream. If you ever considered doing anything whether it be learning a new language, doing a business course, pick up acting, or travel the world don’t hesitate just do it. Things like these that you do for yourself will enrich your soul. What are you waiting for?

Language courses available at CAE