Portrait of Oussama

Oussama, a Syrian man living in Turkey, talks about how important education and English are for his life and future.

Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the exercise. Remember you can read the transcript at any time.



Oussama: Hi, I am Oussama Almasalmeh. I am 26 years old. I am Syrian from Daraa city.

Due to the problems with the war, I had to give up my education and come to here to Turkey with my family. I am in the first year at Karabük University and am electric and electronic engineering student. The English courses founded by HOPES, it means a lot for me to improve my English language and maybe in the future we can found a better job for us, especially these days.

We are here to complete our education. We have a goal and our goal is building our country again.

© HOPES Madad

Task 1


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Submitted by Anas Sayeh on Sun, 07/01/2018 - 21:53

Oussama one of many persons who have ambition to achieve their goals. And in my opinion the first step to that you must know how you arrive. The education is very important for any one to achieve his goal.
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Submitted by Sai Leng Wan on Sat, 06/01/2018 - 04:37

I totally agree. Because English is used all over the world. Education is very important for our daily lives. If we can speak or write English Fluently, we can access to the world.

Submitted by Mila Orel on Thu, 04/01/2018 - 15:08

English language is most popular language in the world. English is the language of sciene, tourism. English is my chance to have a good job.

Submitted by Ruwinidc on Wed, 03/01/2018 - 05:50

I also totally agree with him. To survive in this competitive world, we need a powerful weapon and Oussama has clearly understood that the most powerful thing and the only way to achive his goal is getting a proper education while improving his language skills. His commitment, dedication, positive attitudes and correct decision making in such a bad situation are very commendable.

Submitted by ravikumarr on Mon, 01/01/2018 - 13:36

The 26 year old Oussama Almasalmeh has set a goal to study English through HOPES to improve his job prospects while studying for his electric and electronic engineering degree at Turkey.The very fact that he is displaced from his home country due to war and his determination to study and educate himself for finding the right opportunities to ultimately rebuild his country shows his resolve for a particular end purpose is very commendable.