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ELC Los Angeles Student of the Session: Hassan Almana November 11th, 2014

We are proud to announce the beginning of a new program we’re starting here at ELC Los Angeles called Student of the Session!  At the end of each session, a student will be chosen based on their academic performance, positive influence on the ELC community, and of course, personality.   The first recipient of the Student of the Session goes to Hassan Almana for his positive attitude and daily words of wisdom.

Congratulations, Hassan!  We’re glad you’re here at ELC.  To start; where are you from?

Thank you! I am from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

Tell us about your hometown.  How is it different from Los Angeles?

Al Khobar is a beautiful city and is very close to Bahrain.  If you want to drink and have fun you go to Bahrain (you cannot drink alcohol in Saudi Arabia).  A big difference between Los Angeles and my hometown is the people.  People here are always smiling, but people in my home country don’t smile as much.  I don’t know why.  But people in Saudi Arabia are helpful.  If you get lost, you can ask someone for directions and they will help.  But if you ask someone here, they tell you to use your smart phone.

When did you begin studying English?

I began studying in San Diego six months ago.

Really?  You are already very advanced! What do you hope to accomplish with your English studies?

I hope to be a better communicator in my job back home.  I’m the owner of an apartment complex in Saudi Arabia and many of my tenants are from India and speak English.  I don’t want to have someone else translate for my tenants.

What is the most challenging part of learning English?

The most challenging part?  Writing!  In Arabic we write from right to left, but English is left to right.  It is very confusing.

What has been your favorite experience at ELC so far?

Halloween!  It was my first time to enjoy Halloween.  I dressed up as the Grim Reaper.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I see myself having my own shopping mall and I will be a successful  a business man!

Where do you find your quotes?

I read a lot.  Right now I’m reading Dante’s Inferno.  I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners.

Finally, you’ve become well known around here for your daily quotes.  Can you give us one?

“Don’t stop when you’re tired.  Stop when you’re done!”

Thank you, Hassan!  We are happy to have you here!

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