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Embassy English 28 January 2016 - by Abdullah Mohammedhassan Damfo, Student, Embassy English

My Embassy Life: Abdullah from Saudi Arabia


One of the greatest parts of being a student at Embassy English are the experiences. Students come to Embassy not only to improve their English language skills, but also to explore new parts of the world, to take part in diverse cultural activities, and to meet people from all over the globe. This week, Abdullah from Saudi Arabia tells us more about his experience in Boston as part of our series, My Embassy Life. 

BostonAbdullah Mohammedhassan Damfo at the Embassy English Boston study centre. 

Tell us about yourself! Where are you from and what were you doing before attending Embassy English?

I am Abdullah Mohammedhassan Damfo from Medinah City, Saudi Arabia. I am a Dean in a university but right now I am on sabbatical. I was the Dean of the Education College for four years, the Dean of Arts & Human Sciences for four years, and the Dean of Higher Education for three years.

Boston Blog 4New friends from around the world. 

What course are you taking at Embassy Boston? 

I am taking a General English Intensive course, so I have a core class and an elective class.

What was your level of English before you started Embassy?

I arrived a few weeks ago, and right now I am in the beginner class. I never studied English; only one course (one semester for three months) in my college. I traveled to many countries and improve my English through practice.

Embassy bostonStudying English at Embassy Boston. 

Why did you want to learn English abroad?

I feel the English language is very important for any person. I want to contact other people from every country, and the English language is the first language. I have two daughters, and they study their master’s in England. If I chose England, I bring my language. I want to go far away from them because I want to speak only English. I meet people from every country and I make a lot of friends. Boston I think is for academic people; it’s a mecca and has many universities.

embassy bostonEmbassy Boston students enjoying ice skating on the Frog Pond at Boston Common . 

What made you choose Embassy English?

I wanted a good school to learn English, and I asked my Canadian colleague. I told him I want the best, and he told me about Embassy English. I told him, give me the website, and I saw there were many locations so I knew it was the best choice.

What is the best thing about learning English with us?

You have good teachers; my teacher Scott is very excellent, Frederick is good, Micah is good. And I am interested in using the Smartboard. In Saudi Arabia we have it, but not as many options as here in Boston. It helps the student to learn English by pictures, using websites, you can move things and write and you can learn English by games.

embassy bostonEmbassy English students exploring the historical city of Boston. 

How has your English improved?

It has, and I think by speaking English with many people and listening to English by talking to people, watching movies, and also listening to music.

What has helped you to improve your English the most?

I think if I could live with an American, this would help me to improve even more. It would be better for me.

Saudi MoIEmbassy Boston Receives Visit from the Saudi Ministry of Interior.

What is your favourite memory so far?

There are many cultures in Boston, and the Boston Common is so nice. My apartment is in front of the Boston Common and I can see it from my window. I heard it is beautiful in the summer. I visited the aquarium and it’s very beautiful. Also, Quincy Market has many restaurants and a lot of food.

Boston Blog 3Embassy English teachers go above and beyond to help students achieve their English language goals. 

How do you think speaking English will help you in the future?

I think it will help me to contact many other staff in universities in any country (doctors, professors, etc).

What do you plan to do after your English course? 

I will go back home to finish my job. In the summer my wife and children will come to visit. If they can get a visa they will study here too. I have seven children; three are triplets (boys), before two girls and after two girls. My wife and two children are coming for the entire summer. My whole family will come after Ramadan when we can eat!

saudi cultural dayEmbassy Boston recently held a Saudi Cultural Day where international students learned about the heritage and traditions of Saudi Arabia. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to travel to new places. I’ve been to New York, Hawaii, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, California, Nevada, Utah, Florida, and Illinois. I want to visit Pennsylvania and other famous places in the United States.

Boston Blog 1Linda Walsh, Regional Manager New England, Abdullah Mohammedhassan Damfo, and JulieAnna Grubert, Program Manager Boston. 

Would you recommend Embassy English to other students?

Yes, of course!

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