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.
I have no complaints about his teaching. His number one goal is to make sure you learn. He will try to make life as easy for his students as possible without going easy on us. Before the final, he reviewed with us for three hours, taking time out of his day off. He also made us study guides that other teachers did not make. He goes above and beyond everyday.
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.
A most caring, fair, brilliant professor. Professor Nouhi speaks several languages, and if he cannot make Arabic make sense in English, he'll use other languages to make his point - particularly helpful if you speak French (i.e. pronounciation tricks). He works hard, and manages to teach you beyond the syllabus without you realizing it. I have had few professor as stellar as Professor Nouhi, cannot believe there are not dozens of written reviews for him, and could not more highly recommend him (particularly after having other Arabic so-called instructors in the MEALAC department). When all is said and done, you will be pronouncing your Arabic properly, writing well and feel comfortable walking in to his class. Bottom line: he cares.
Youssef is a relatively new teacher here at Columbia but he is experienced at teaching. His second language is French and this third language is English, so he tries to help you understand the martial through grammatical constructs in English but also alludes to French grammar to help further your understanding (e.g. the chapter on the subjunctive). He studies linguistics so he is often able to explain to us the relationships between words, which help us to remember them and their meanings. He has a great sense of humor, so the class if filled with laughter. If he senses you are lost, he will resort to English. He tries to seem strict about grading and homework, but he is actually a big softy. If you are having trouble with the class or keeping up with the material he will go out of his way to help and allows a fair degree of latitude for making up the work. He is very available and will even come in on Fridays or times outside of his office hours to offer students one on one help. He is incredibly smart and very passionate about teaching. I was lucky to stumble upon his section of Arabic (I picked him at random) and I intend to take him for as long as I can.