Sami Halabi

Sami H.

Austin, TX
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Sami delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7 to 50

Teaching since:
2015

Love drives some to madness. But you know what love drove me to? German. Following a 6-month relationship with a German exchange student my junior year of high school, learning German became my life calling. I feel slightly guilty to admit my numerous hours spent religiously rehearsing different phrases, song lyrics, and grammar rules. Clearly my idea of fun was a bit skewed for a 16-year old hehe.

Spilling into my college years, my passion drove me to major in the German language and spend nearly 5 months in Germany teaching the youth about human rights and cultural understanding. My last month there, I was confused for a native on multiple occasions, which got me thinking - or dreaming, I should say. The dream that I'm working toward daily is to move to Germany and assist Middle Eastern refugees in assimilation, utilizing my Arabic and German language skills. Step by step & day by day, I'm making my way to the beautiful Deutschland.

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Experience

Educator
May 2015 - Aug 2015
AIESEC in Germany

• Instructed children of ages in 8-18 in the German language on cultural understanding and human rights
• Collaborated with a team of 5 other individuals from varying cultural backgrounds in creating uniform curriculum, translating the teams’ presentations into the German language
• Relocated to Bayreuth, Germany

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Team Leader of International Exchange
Jul 2013 - Apr 2015
AIESEC in US

• Facilitated international exchange process for 15 customers, to Europe, Asia, and Africa
• Recognized as most productive team member for 4 consecutive semesters, managing 8 of 22 active clients in Spring 2015
• Assisted international 'exchangers' in selecting and experiencing country programs based on language and personal goals

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Education

German & International Studies
Aug 2011 - Dec 2015
University of Texas at Austin

Languages

Arabic
Fluent / Native Proficiency
English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Distinguished Liberal Arts Scholar
Dec 2015
University of Texas at Austin
Tod Hammond Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Apr 2014
University of Texas at Austin

Affiliations

Phi Kappa Phi
Jan 2013

Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Gamma Beta Phi
Jan 2013

Gamma Beta Phi has chapters all across the United States. It regularly inducts thousands of academically excellent students who share its mission of promoting education and providing community service to their colleges and communities. The Society has made a major impact all across America. In recent years, The Gamma Beta Phi Society has collected thousands of books for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, six thousand pairs of shoes for citizens of Iraq, collected thousands of hats for the Heavenly Hats Foundation, thousands of letters to the service men and woman onboard the USS Kitty Hawk, and bought an Ark for Heifer International. The Society’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive; we would love to have you help us in our endeavors.

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12 Reviews

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Carter B. Aug 11, 2017
German · Online

Max Aug 10, 2017
German · In home

I got to know Sami during several workshops for students of all ages in Germany and was impressed by his enthusiasim for the german language and his ambition of providing an intercultural, age-appropriate, learning experience. I strongly belief he is able to both advance your language skills, as well as the motivation to deep-dive into the culture and therefore fully recommend him as an instructor!

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Leon Aug 9, 2017
German · In home

I was a co-trainer of Sami in Germany at a conference, no matter if we did sessions in german or english, Sami is awesome in both and has this extraordinary ability to make people comfortable learning something new.

From a co-trainer perspective I can only highlight Sami's competence to explain content and to choose the right method for every learner. And most important: Sami made me learn something new about my own native language German!

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Stefan Aug 9, 2017
German · In home

I got to know Sami while he was taking part in our program "together for a more colorful world". He was a participant and taught children and youths about cultural differences with a focus on human rights.

The lessons he conducted were mostly held in German and he showed excellent skills of using the language. Sami developed his language skills during the time here and learned even the tricky bits and pieces of the language even native speakers stumble over.

Beside his participation in the project. I got to know Sami as a pleasant person to talk with about politics, philospohy, economy etc. He is a very good listener and is always open for feedback.

It was great having him here in Germany and I'm grateful for having met Sami.

Thank you very much and I wish you all the best for your great future :)
I hope to see you again on a "Bratwurst" and "Sauerkraut"

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Moritz Jul 12, 2017
German · In home

I met Sami during his time in Germany, where we organised trips to schools for lessons about human rights and cultural understanding. For a non-nativ speaker he had a solid understanding about the logic behind german grammar - and he had always great fun connecting with people of all ages.
Besides languages, Sami is interested (and has a great position) on many actual topics like justice, globalisation, and the cultural dimension of learning and developing ideas for solutions to the problems of todays globalised world.

That's an important point because Sami won't only support you in learning the german language but also german society and tradition - furthermore you will have great conversations with him!

Do it, get in touch with Sami and learn "deutsch" :)

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Pierce Jul 12, 2017
German · In home

Sami's German is top-notch! I first experienced his German skills during his tutroship in Germany. As a native speaker and linguist myself, I was amazed by his proficiency.
In addition, he understands how to make complex matters easily accessible and comprehensible. Aside from his extensive experience and knowledge, it is his welcoming, patient and caring nature what sets Sami apart. It is not without reason that teachers and students alike enjoyed working with him.

I guarantee that you will enjoy his lessons as well. Just hit him up and see for yourself! :)

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Chris Jul 11, 2017
German · In home

Sami worked with us in Germany conducting classes in German and all students loved him! He managed to engage all his students, built deep understanding and used the right resources for different kinds of learners. We couldn't have wished for a better instructor. We wish him all the best for his future endeavors and hope to have him over again some day.

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Silvia Jul 7, 2017
German · In studio

When learning German I always turned to Sami for help with language comprehension and areas where I got stuck. Even when he was a student he was already a teacher! He is great at making difficult things simple, no doubts your German skills will increase substantially under Sami's wings.

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Lukas Jul 4, 2017
German · Online

I have been taking lessons with Sami for about 5 weeks now, and I have noticed a significant improvement in my language comprehension/speech. My grandmother being German, I am now able to have fluent conversations with her. Going into his class I had basic knowledge of the language, but now I can do more than just "get around". I highly recommend to any level of German learner!

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Erwin Reschke Jun 26, 2017
German ·

Sami excelled in our German course and is a highly proficient German speaker. His knowledge of German pop culture and conversational abilities are what makes him a great person to teach this language.

Melissa Jun 15, 2017
German ·

For two years during university, I experienced Sami's knowledge and mastery of the German language. He was excellent at explaining difficult grammar points in an easily understandable way, and my language skills improved greatly while working with him. Sami teaches well and maintains a positive, patient attitude at all times!

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Audrey Wang Jun 14, 2017
German · In studio

I am 100% sure that the only reason I got an A in my German 2 class was because of Sami. I'm pretty serious about actually learning German, not just getting by in class, and after working with Sami for a semester, it was pretty clear that my German had improved so much more than it had previous to Sami. Sami's really patient, and he really engages you during the lessons and gets you talking. I'm going to Germany this summer and I'm pretty confident that I'll be able to actually speak to people, and not just conjugate verbs at them!

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