Before making travelling plans we tend to ponder about our destination, so that we make the best of our holiday by getting away from our mundane life. This helps us return to our daily routine with a fresh mind, open to new ideas. With that in mind, we often question our decisions, on the price, amenities, comfort, weather and much more. We are usually a little a
It is 12.30 at night, 32 degrees warm and on the highway to Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais mountain. Two hours later I arrive at the foot of these bare mountains, pure rock forced to the surface by some tectonic force million years ago, now crumbling each day caused by the tide of day and night.
As scheduled the holiday preparations begin, and I s
Am I a book lover …? I’m a big fan of stories. The first few stories I came across in my life were during my childhood, the storytellers, my grandparents! Anything & everything could become a story, events linked to our traditions, our family & our home. I vividly remember, how much I enjoyed hearing stories related to my great grandfather. E
You can climb the highest mountain, look down on Mother Earth from the comfort of your airplane seat, yet, none of these heights will match the sensation & excitement of watching the world from my father’s shoulders. I must admit, I still have one tear-filled eye whilst writing this blog. It is this picturesque Greek family right in front of me, bless t
Many years ago, I travelled to Rome. I saw many different European cities, but I must admit that despite what people say about Rome being chaotic and disorganized, I felt in love with this city. There is literally a monument in every corner. Every step you take in this city is not a boring or tiring one. Your eyes are always ready to catch maybe a clear fresh fou
I am not that certain exactly where I started out my journey in this lush deep rainforest of the Eastern Congo. No road to speak of, just some trodden pathways from elephants and locals crossing my path now and then. I am heading in a Southerly direction, sometimes a little East and then West again, meandering along the last ripples of the great African rift vall
In our Pom-family, everyone is writing travel blogs and was thinking why can’t I …?
I also travelled on a very small trip out of Pomegranate Institute recently and would like to share that experience with all my Pom-readers.
Being at Pomegranate Institute is like constantly being on a world tour – It’s such a cul
Do you wish to beat depression once and for all? Your antidote is here – without medication, ever.
Amidst all the hustle and bustle of life, the increasing use of technology and the ongoing evolution of happenings and events, people around us and even our inner selves, depression is on the rise according to statistics worldwide.
A famous Mongolian saying says ‘The supreme treasure is knowledge, the middle treasure is children, and the lowest treasure is material wealth‘.
I wish I had understood the meaning of this sentence much earlier in life. I also wish, my late father could read this blog. What a man he was. Full of life, love and the lessons he has
Travel is beneficial for many reasons, and can also increase mental well-being, not just in the short-term but it can sustain us for a longer period. Whether you’re traveling for business or on a family holiday, traveling can make you a happier person by building self-confidence, providing new experiences, memories, breaking routine, and allowing you to mee
I visited Seoul, South Korea with my best friend in Mid May. It was such a perfect time to visit there since the weather was not too hot neither too cold. The first thing that came to mind when people talk to me about South Korea are “K-Drama” and cosmetics with cute packaging. After 5 days into my stay there it’s not only the city itself that I
TRAVELING TO THE WORLD OF ART : A SEMI- FAILED ATTEMPT
I’ve always been a big art enthusiast. I had tampered with the idea of becoming a fine-arts major. Practicality and life, however, directed me to language and literature – beautiful art forms in their own rights. Though, in order to quench my thirst, I did take a few
I once heard that travel is the only thing you can buy that will make you richer – richer in knowledge.
Travelling back home
It was a long trip back to SA…. at the airport at 7.00 am, the eight-hour flight, then a queue for the rental car, and a half an hour drive home. Despite all of that,
What’s your story ?
We often give stories to our students to read, but how often do we tell them a story?
Storytelling is the oldest form of teaching. It gives children the answers to the biggest questions of creation, life, and the afterlife. Stories define us, shape us, control us, and make us. Not every human
Merhaba from Istanbul- I’m writing this blog while waiting for my connecting flight to Dubai. This trip, I visited Istanbul & Fethiye- far from all stress reminders. Mashallah is the best way to sum up my post-holiday feeling. The sound of the Azan (call for prayer) covers Istanbul with a blanket of angelic voices. Regardless of what relig
“Filotimo” is not ‘all Greek’ to you
” Filotimo” is not ‘all Greek’ to you. As we all somehow carry our culture with, or on us, I am no exception.
I carry my culture making my Greek coffee in the morning. You can see my culture on my grimy apron, so much so, that no matter
Trying to find your place- your calling in this world, is everything but easy. For many, it’s a never ending process, for some it seems to be a ‘no brainer’.
Following my studies, extensive traveling and a fair amount of soul searching, I eventually found ‘my calling!’ I realised the importance of education in places whe
PHILIPPINES, is a country which comprises of hundreds of islands, houses different races, tribes and cultures, and of different beliefs. On the southern part of the country lives a single tribe, which I belong to, proudly! From the province of Lanao del Sur lies a small city called Marawi.
Pooram – my childhood memories start here. In my mind it’s all there- in beautifully detailed memories. I’m holding my grandfather’s hand and stepping out from Home for Pooram. I still remember the excitement I went through each time during Pooram. It is a post-harvest festival based on the temples in each place of Kerala.
Multilingualism, Translingualism & Code-switching (language switching)
I grew up bilingual and my parents weren’t even aware of all the discussions people were having on multilingualism in children. Parents are very much concerned about this nowadays. They wonder, whether their child, who is brought
PINOY Ako in many ways!
(I am Filipino in many ways!)
Hello everyone, kamusta kayo?
Last night while browsing my social accounts, I saw many beautiful things that I should be proud of as Filipina which gave me an inspiration to write this blog.
Let me take you to on a mind trip to my de
“Braaivleis, Rugby, Sunny Skies and Chevrolet” is a phrase I have been hearing as a little girl, and till now this is what we South African do…relax under sunny skies with a braai (barbeque) at a rugby match and music playing from our cars. In those days, Chevrolet was the car to have to just chill.
This is the story of Kui-Kui, the guy who was disturbed by the fact that the stories of his tribe were not being told the way it actually happened and each time the story was told it was missing a part of it’s magic. He needed to find a solution to make those stories permanent and passed on to next generations with dignity and honesty. One night while he wa
The impact of malaria on the brain
This is an informative blog about the impact of malaria on brain activities.
Cerebral malaria is still highly fatal, but fortunately there are chances to survive with appropriate treatments. However, studies report that patients who survived, did not recovered fully and remain af
Imagine yourself sitting in a cafe in Paris on a sunny afternoon with a café au lait, a croissant and a book. Yes, la vie en rose !
This feeling of comfort and joy of letting your surrounding bedazzle you and watching people walking by- with a sense of peace in the air..
That’s the magic of reading- taking you to wher
Living in the UAE resembles the life of a global village, waking up to the Kris Fade show on Virgin Radio, playing the latest hits trending from around the globe, whilst sipping on your Italian barista coffee, driving to work surrounded by sunshine, Burj Khalifa peaking out amongst the sea of skyscrapers and faces from everywhere visible through their tinted wind
Do you really listen?
It’s natural during a conversation to tune in and out of what the other person is saying. Most of us tend to be preoccupied with our own thoughts much of the time. This can be especially true if the conversation is emotionally charged. Over time, this lack of being fully present can disrupt genuine communi
How would you feel if every day of your life was a new adventure? Meeting new faces, hanging out with friends & family? Doing fun stuff.
I love to play, eat, sleep, to cuddle & to give the occasional bite or scratch here or there… I don’t mean to hurt anyone. I know everyone here means well
Sajid is our first team member & our Money Maestro. Naturally, the first thing that came to his mind is to write a blog about the two things that matter most to him- family & Pakistan, his homeland, as well as the third thing that he learned to handle with care, money. Sajid truly cares for his colleagues and he is not only an important pillar of th
Italians who find themselves living in northern countries really experience the lack of free time.
There is a thing in those cold countries: the pressure, the anxiety to be an interesting person. Your “free” time is everything but free! All activities are already scheduled for any single moment of time you have after school or after work.
Jordan… from where should I start…
After thinking about this blog for a week now, I finally decided that the best way of writing about my country is simply by listening to my heart.
I’m currently living in Dubai, and it is something I always looked forward to, but I never thought that I’ll be mi
Syrians are very fond of proverbs and like to use them to describe everyday situations such as fortune, pride, dignity, time and mortality.
One commonly used proverb is “?? ????? ??? ????? ????? ????? ?????” “turn the jar upside down, the daughter will be just like her mother” and we use it to mention that girls are like their
If you are reading this right now then you are likely looking for an answer to the above.
At Pomegranate HQ, we often get asked if we offer online language learning as well as classroom learning and which of the two we recommend for that individual.
What we like to point out is that online learning is more of a passive way of learning, w
Introduced to Tariq Khan!
Tariq has a story he wants to share with you- watch out for a special expression that you will carry away from this blog!
Tariq is our course coordinator & self proclaimed ‘Chief Chatter’! He was nominated Pom-member of the month (well-deserved) and is indeed a seed of happ
“It all started with Evelina’s pomegranate”
Back in September 2015, I decided to spend Eid by helping those who had little left to celebrate. Joined by a group of friends (all ladies) we went to Idomeni, a small village in Greece, near the borders
“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there”. Robert Browning
A mother is a full-time cheerleader, bodyguard, life coach, inspirational leader & works around the clock to give, give & give her child whatever his/her heart desires!
It goes without saying that being a mom is one of the toughest,yet, also most rewarding
“We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained” Marie Curie
Ahead of International Women’s Day, let’s remind the world that women are no more a dormant segment of the society. They play a significant and an influencing role in stimulating s
The main tip for an IELTS exam is to “beat time”.
Listening to our students commenting “there isn’t sufficient time for all the questions to be completed” is the most common feedback, thereby, them having to repetitively take the IELTS exam. So, most of the time, we are preparing frustrated students who just need si
A day to build bridges between Non-Governmental Organizations and various other sectors regardless of size, location, or type of organization. World NGO Day initiative was created by a university student Marcis Liors Skadmanis, who first thought of the initial idea during his Masters in International Law and NGO legislation. World NGO Day was officially recognise
Since we all get the same 24 hours, why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than others?
The answer lies in good time management.
“Time Management” is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.
Good time management enables you to work smarte
“Nobody loves me; Nobody cares for me”
Is this a typical phrase you’re accustomed to listening from your surrounding?
Those looking to improve their quality of life from within, without the use of dangerous pharmaceuticals, Neuro-linguistic programming is absolutely worth a look. It doesn&rsq
When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity.
Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage.
International Mother Language Day is celebrated every year since 2000 to promote peace and multilingualism. The day corresponds to 21 February 1
Are you planning to visit The Himalayas in India or the Neelum Valley in Pakistan?
Learning Hindi will become an ice-breaker to have some interesting conversations with the local people.
Nearly 425 million people speak Hindi as a first language and around 120 million as a second language.
Living in the U.A.E, knowing Hindi i
To recognize the integral role women and girls play in the fields of Science and Technology, United Nations last year decided to dedicate February 11 as ‘International Day of Women & Girls in Science’.
This began in 2016 and continues to be celebrated every year, the UN asserts that girls continue to face stereotypes, social and cultu
Inspired by the World Cancer Day slogan of #WeCanICan, the Pomegranate team is donating blood at Latifa Hospital. We invite you to become a part of Pom-family and join hands in a solidarity gesture with the cancer patients.
World Cancer Day was started by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Can
It is February and love is in the air!!
Make Valentine’s 2017 a special one with 20% discount on all global languages at Pomegranate Institute!!
The offer runs from February 1st – 14th.
Learn French, Italian, German, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish and over eighteen langua
First Cultural Evening at Pomegranate Language Institute
In Greece, the pomegranate fruit symbolises luck, new beginnings, well wishes and is given to people on special occasions or life turning events such as child birth, weddings, graduation, new job, etc.
Mariam Shibib was given one in Idomeni, a small village in Greece bordering Macedo
An Expats Guide To UAE National Day
Whether you have just landed in the UAE or you are simply interested in learning more about the UAE National then you’re in the right place. To mark the 2016 UAE National Day (Yawm al watani) we felt it would be appropriate to provide you with some in-depth information about this glorious
The Pomegranate Guide To Learning German
From our research and daily enquiries to our customer service desk, we understand that there are many people in Dubai and across the UAE who are seeking our help to learn German. This is why this week; we shall be covering some simple but effective techniques, ways and strategies which wi
Simple But Effective Ways to Improving Your Lifestyle and Career Today
“Let him who would move the world first move himself.” ? Socrates
Before you dive into reading this page, I have to point out that the following information will require work on your behalf. However, each and every point
5 Common Myths About Learning A New Language Debunked
1. “I’m too old.”
My friend, age is simply a state of mind.
Many of us first start learning a new language during our school days. And even though there are theories stating that learning a language should be done before reaching a teenager, these ha
Can Professional Development Really Improve My Business?
Before we jump into the reasons why you should invest in Professional Development (also known as staff development), let’s first see what one of the most successful business people in the world has to say.
Richard Branson has quoted many times that “Clients do not com
4 Ways To Learn A New Language Today
Learning a new language can be daunting for many. When mentioning learning a foreign language how to learn Arabic, to someone they instantly think of the amount of time required to learn, the complicated pronunciation(s) and of course the writing and spelling of foreign words. Yet, this is really not the c
5 Reasons Why Learning A Language Can Help You
As a leading language institute in Dubai, we frequently get asked from our students, what is the benefit of learning a new language?
Well from our experience there’s more than one benefit to learning a language. The benefits and advantages of learning a new language are simply incred