I recently passed the Jordanian medical board exam to become a licensed doctor in Jordan. The oral part of the exam was all in Arabic. So thankful to all my teachers at Shababeek who helped make this possible.
My wife and I- with our 7,5,1 year old landed in Amman July of 2013. We spent a full seven years there. We were lucky to be one of the first Phase 1 groups for Shababeek. Learning Arabic and the culture as deeply and quickly as we did enabled us to love and embrace every moment. I opened a Crossfit gym, worked with the Jordan Special Forces military in their fitness, traveled to many villages to visit families of the Jordan military, and even now am traveling back to Jordan and Egypt for big fitness and business projects. So much of these projects depends on trust- and trust comes from understanding and communicating well. If you want to learn Arabic and learn the culture- do yourself a favor and commit to Shababeek. There are several Arabic language centers that have spun off from employees of Shababeek. And that's actually a great thing. But there is simply one Shababeek. You can rest and have confidence knowing your time and money simply won't be better spent anywhere else. I'm forever grateful for their professionalism and passion.
I started my experience here almost 3 months ago and it has been incredible. I moved to Jordan knowing no Arabic whatsoever and feeling scared and nervous about going outside and engaging with others. Through the hard work and patience of the nurturing staff at Shababeek, I been growing into a position of confidence and joy, and now I feel like I can finally start living in my neighborhood. It’s all hard work, but none of it is accomplished alone. Ricky Munoz
Over the past eight years I've studied Arabic (both Fusha and Amiyya) in at least four countries through countless schools and programs, including in a US university, a US government scholarship program, online tutoring, and several different Arabic centers in Jordan. Out of all of these, Shababeek is simply the best educational experience I've had - not only for Arabic, but really for any subject throughout all my education. As someone currently doing a Master's degree in International Education, I can confidently say that Shababeek's approach to teaching and learning is second to none: I felt motivated to be in control of and self-direct my own learning; every week our one-on-one lessons were based on my personal experiences and vocabulary that was useful to me in my daily life; I gained a deep understanding of the nuances of Jordanian culture from my nurturers (teachers), and also felt that my culture and experiences were valued in our lessons; the nurturers and support staff were exceptionally professional - literally every single minute of class was used well; and lastly, it was obvious every day that the nurturers loved their jobs - which makes such a difference as a student.
Shababeek is absolutely amazing for learning Arabic. Over a couple of years, I studied about 500 hours at Shababeek, and this prepared me to score Advanced Low on the ACTFL OPI, which allowed me to test out of all four of the Arabic courses offered at my university. I did study some outside of Shababeek, but I definitely saw the most improvement when I was taking classes from Shababeek. Their method of teaching is much more effective than the traditional classroom setting. At Shababeek you get to speak a lot and have all your errors corrected, which is the best way to get better at speaking. Even though I am in the US now, whenever I meet Arabic speakers they are impressed with my Arabic and surprised that I only studied for a couple of years. Shababeek is the best and fastest way to learn spoken Arabic.
Learning Arabic at Shababeek has been the best language learning experience I’ve ever had. I took 3 years of Spanish and didn’t get as far in it as I have in about 8 months at Shababeek. Instead of memorization and tests you learn language with hands on activities, picture books and stories. The teachers are so patient and helpful. They are super encouraging and never make you feel dumb no matter how many times they have to explain a word to you. The staff is friendly, caring and super responsive. Everyone wants you to succeed and works hard to make sure you have everything you need to acquire Arabic. The best parts are how personalized each class is and how lessons about culture are woven into language and grammar lessons. I cannot recommend Shababeek enough.