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.

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Submitted by Miguelitorico1996 on Thu, 17/02/2022 - 20:52


I totally agree with Oussama because if you want better job opportunities you need to get a degree in a profession and speaking a second language (in this case English) is something that improves your CV.

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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Thu, 14/05/2020 - 22:50

Yes. I agrees. Education is important to me and my family in the sense that its helps with improvement, creating jobs opportunities and able to contribute to society as well as nation at large.

Submitted by NadezhdaGhuliyan on Fri, 19/10/2018 - 10:22

I would like to ask about the last question in the task. Oussama's goal is to complete his education in the video it is true that he wants to complete his education but in answer it show correct is false. Thank you

Hello NadezhdaGhuliyan,

Yes, you are right! I'm sorry for the confusion. I have just fixed the answer so that it is True in the exercise.

Thank you very much for taking the time to tell us about this error.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by StD on Tue, 21/08/2018 - 10:46

I agree with Oussama but I didn't undrestand how he will continue his studies in electronics in Turkey.
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Submitted by Dee on Fri, 03/08/2018 - 11:51

What is the true meaning of education? I think learning knowledge,skills, values,beliefs and habits. I hope Oussama will do one day because he is very confident.
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Submitted by H.H. on Sun, 15/07/2018 - 18:43

I totally agree, we have not to stop learning whatever the reasons. To be educated and updated leads to be qualified employee, respectable and happy individual.

Submitted by JK. Wu on Sun, 08/04/2018 - 09:00

Hope he achieves his goal soon and makes his dream come true.

Submitted by Oum on Thu, 15/03/2018 - 09:49

yes i agree with oussama, because i think that we can never get a well built country if the citizens are not educated
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Submitted by Qringōntan on Tue, 20/02/2018 - 06:58

That is so terrible-when the war breaks in your life and tears it apart. I hope that oussama will realize his dream and he and his family, and the whole country of Syria will never confront war again. And of course all the terrorists will be burned by daenerys

Submitted by Maria77 on Sun, 11/02/2018 - 22:57

Yes I am agree with Oussama, I think that if our goal is to build our country we have to be prepared for this, the education is the way..
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Submitted by sermotajr on Sun, 11/02/2018 - 02:07

Yes, I agree. When you learn something like math, arts, history or other thing you create a opportunity, many opportunities will appear in front of you. "The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness." Proverb 15.14 - Solomon
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Submitted by karima yasmine on Fri, 09/02/2018 - 23:21

Yes i agee with Oussama, education is so importante. For me, education is the only way to get a better life, hopefully a happy one.

Submitted by Willys96 on Wed, 07/02/2018 - 11:58

I am agree with Oussama. The education is very important. The knowlage is the power in this century.

Submitted by Narciso Aparec… on Tue, 06/02/2018 - 23:59

I agree. Education is very important for us.
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Submitted by hasan1 on Tue, 06/02/2018 - 11:52

I agree with Oussama too. I think when a person had to give up his education and came to foreign country, it's important education for his and his family. maybe in the future he can a better job.

Submitted by fiorellino on Mon, 05/02/2018 - 12:38

I agree with Oussama. Education is the first opportunity to locking for a new way.

Submitted by danielaruedaf on Sun, 04/02/2018 - 01:14

I agree with Oussama, because i think english skills are very important nowadays, in the way they allow you to apply for different opportunities around the world. For me and my family education is really relevant and that's the reason my parents work hard, in the order that i can get a quality education, and i'm really thankful with them, because i think if you have good education you can easily find opportunities and you can also take part of world change.

Submitted by anasbhbh on Sat, 03/02/2018 - 17:55

Yes, i agree with him. education is important for me and for my family and i am here for learn more and improve my skills .

Submitted by Catherine Tran on Fri, 02/02/2018 - 02:43

Sure i agree! Never late to learn for everyone so education is very important.

Submitted by EKREM AYDIN on Thu, 01/02/2018 - 13:08

I agree with Oussama. Education bring to our freedom and dream to me and my family.

Submitted by Mickey on Thu, 01/02/2018 - 04:12

Yes, I agree with Oussama. To build our environment, we must build ourselves first with formal or informal Education as well.

Submitted by karinakis30 on Wed, 31/01/2018 - 20:44

in my opinion education is very important for all people. When you are educated you become more open- minded and you can see the things in a different way

Submitted by OlgaTi on Fri, 26/01/2018 - 16:19

I agree with Oussama. Education gives people an opportunity to get a good job.

Submitted by cedric001 on Thu, 25/01/2018 - 12:41

you are right, wish you final you education as so heas possible, the more power you have,the more dream came true, come on,god bless you
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Submitted by Muhammad Khale… on Sun, 21/01/2018 - 01:57

Yes, the education is the most thing in nowadays. It determines the growth of nations.

Submitted by aricoz on Sat, 20/01/2018 - 07:24

Yes, I agree with Oussama. Education is so important for everyone. I'm 40 years olds. My father and mother was teacher, now they are retired. My wife is a kindergarten teacher too. Teaching is very hard job but it is very satisfying. It's not only a job but also a kind of build the future.
you are right,teacher is the best job for human, in china, the plant grow up need teen years,people grow up need a hundred years
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Submitted by Paulos on Fri, 19/01/2018 - 13:02

Yes, I agree definetely with Oussama. Just education can change the world

Submitted by LKARINAM on Thu, 18/01/2018 - 21:12

I agree with Oussama! I think that English language is necessary to get better Jobs and to development better opportunities for my life and my profession.

Submitted by Maybe03 on Wed, 17/01/2018 - 05:35

I agree, Learn English is important if you want to find a good job and also if you want to travel around te world.

Submitted by rency91 on Tue, 16/01/2018 - 07:18

English is important. If we can speak in English, we have more value.
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Submitted by Atif Aleem on Fri, 12/01/2018 - 09:32

History tells that all the nations that once reduced to rubles rebuilt themselves only through education.

Submitted by الباشا مم on Thu, 11/01/2018 - 15:56

I agree with him. Education is the best

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Submitted by Wadsharaf05 on Tue, 09/01/2018 - 22:24

I agree with him. Education is the best way to work with high income,that we can improve our standard living, It also open our minds in general knowledge that make us wonder of universe around us and asking more questions what's leading us to search and find more knowledge.

Submitted by ANAKGR on Tue, 09/01/2018 - 04:07

Yes, the most important is to improve our skills to have a good job in the future

Submitted by Manshadi on Mon, 08/01/2018 - 08:53

I agree with him. The war is the worst things in the world and I hope he will succeed to bulid his conntry very soon.
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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.