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 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.