Review Comment

[MDES W1208] Arabic for Heritage Speakers I

June 12, 2018

Nouhi, Youssef Gold_nugget
[MDES W1208] Arabic for Heritage Speakers I and Arabic for Heritage Speakers II

Professor Nouhi is the sweetest man I know. He is so understanding and he genuinely cares about his students. He is incredibly smart and knows SO much about Arabic and linguistics. He also knows four languages!! He's amazing.

Don't even be concerned about your grade— he just wants his students to learn and to try their best. He does whatever he can to make the class easier for you, and he's so helpful in office hours. He is super energetic and enthusiastic every single day, even at 8:50 in the morning.

Arabic is a super hard language, but he makes it less daunting and more manageable. I learned so much and grew so much in his class, and I only wish I could take Third-Year Arabic with him. I cannot recommend him enough.

Workload:

Homework every single day, a few quizzes, and a final— a LOT of work, but worth it. Don't focus on your grade— focus on learning. You will do well in the class as long as you put in effort and prove to him that you're a hard worker.

April 15, 2015

Nouhi, Youssef Gold_nugget
[MDES W1208] Arabic for Heritage Speakers I and Arabic for Heritage Speakers II

This man is an angel.

He is so intelligent, and knows so much about linguistics and Arabic and history--it's truly impressive. Asides from that, he's so sweet and really cares about his students.

Workload:

Doable. Usually one assignment per class, sometimes writing or other times a grammar drill.

April 15, 2015

Nouhi, Youssef Gold_nugget
[MDES W1208] Arabic for Heritage Speakers I and Arabic for Heritage Speakers II

This man is an angel.

He is so intelligent, and knows so much about linguistics and Arabic and history--it's truly impressive. Asides from that, he's so sweet and really cares about his students.

Workload:

Doable. Usually one assignment per class, sometimes writing or other times a grammar drill.

October 26, 2010

Nouhi, Youssef Gold_nugget
[MDES W1208] Arabic for Heritage Speakers I and [MDES W4210] Third Year Arabic

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Youssef Nouhi is an AMAZING teacher. He is so approachable and kind and understanding. He loves what he's doing and really cares about his students. The grade is not so important as whether or not you are learning the language, and he'll whatever he can to make it easier for you. I had Youssef for four consecutive semester, and only wish that I take his class again.

Arabic can be pretty intimidating at Columbia, but Youssef takes away the scary factor without compromising on how much you get out of the class.

Workload:

It's Arabic - lots of homework, a midterm, final, and a couple of papers. He's a very fair grader.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1208: Arabic for Heritage Speakers I Youssef Nouhi 2012 Fall MTWR / 2:40- 3:45 PM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1208: Arabic for Heritage Speakers I Youssef Nouhi 2010 Fall R / 9:10-10:15 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1208: Arabic for Heritage Speakers I Youssef Nouhi 2009 Fall R / 9:10-10:15 AM 1
MELC / MDES MELC MDES W1208: Arabic for Heritage Speakers I Youssef Nouhi 2008 Fall T / 9:00-10:59 AM 1