Kalamna means 'our words' in Arabic

We connect children with their Arabic heritage by providing spoken Arabic language classes for children and adults in Cambridge, UK, and Masterclasses to help you set up Arabic classes in your area.

Why choose Kalamna?

We believe we’ve found the magic formula for children to love learning Arabic! We play, laugh and learn in our classes, which helps children develop a love for Arabic language and culture.

And if you are looking for other professional, bilingual, Arabic-speaking families to connect with, you’ve found your tribe! We hold regular social gatherings and events for families to come together and enjoy.

Arabic classes

Focus on learning spoken Arabic in a positive environment

Masterclasses

Learn how to set up your own classes using our magic formula

Social events

Come together with other professional bilingual families

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Children's classes

Ages 0-3    Sundays 10.15-11am

Ages 4-11    Sundays 11-12pm

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Adult classes

Beginners: Wednesdays 6-7pm

Intermediate: Fridays 8-9.30pm

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Teaching Fellow in Arabic Translation and Linguistics at University of Leeds https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/CAO962/teaching-fellow-in-arabic-translation-and-linguistics

I just uploaded 'A delineation of variation in Arabic between fuṣḥa and Egyptian ammiyah The Langua…' to @academia! https://www.academia.edu/43368364/A_delineation_of_variation_in_Arabic_between_fu%E1%B9%A3%E1%B8%A5a_and_Egyptian_ammiyah_The_Language_Scholar20200617_118753_191jtah

Just learnt that the Arabic word أسطورة and English word ‘history’ come from the same Greek origin http://www.atinternational.org/forums/showthread.php?p=57695 - https://www.etymonline.com/word/history Colleagues in @LeedsClassics may know more about the etymology of ‘history’ @HenryHBClarke @Prokne2

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AUC Arabic Conference 2019
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Eid al-Adha celebrations
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International Children’s Book Day
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AUC Arabic Conference Day 3
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