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Impressions of studying abroad: Lebanon

Rustam Mukailov, 3rd year student of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs.

This July I had the opportunity to go to Lebanon for 2 weeks in order to learn about features of both Modern Standard Arabic language and its dialects. We stopped in a cosy hotel, which is located in a small village Dar As-Salam. The village is 50 km far from Beirut, and due to this fact we managed to see the life of ordinary citizens.

Our teachers were Mr. Said, Mr. Hasan and Mrs. Latifa. They helped us not only to master Modern Standard Arabic, but also cultural and linguistic features of Lebanese Arabic. The teachers also organized interesting excursions to different tourist attractions of Lebanon such as Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve and Kadisha Valley. We visited such astonishing cities as Sidon and Tyre. Furthermore, our teachers set up meetings with influential Lebanese cultural figures for us. One of them was a famous writer Emily Nasrallah.

At the end of our trip we didn’t want to leave that beautiful country, and that’s why I’m going to visit it again no matter what.