Thursday, 28 Jan 2021
Eight Omani women are working as interpreters and language teachers for British military personnel participating in the Swift Sword 3 exercise this month. They are playing a key role in forging closer ties between the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF) and their British counterparts.

For eight Omani females, teaching Arabic to British military personnel comes simple

Swift Sword three is seeing the biggest deployment of British military personnel in the final 17 years.

Rafaah al Mahrazi, 24, stated, “I’m enjoying it so much; it doesn’t feel like work. I’m looking forward to communicate more in Arabic with them. I want to hear British personnel speak in Arabic the way I’ve taught them. It will make me feel very proud.”

The females, along with regional advisors from the Defence Cultural Specialist Unit (DCSU) have created the course, focusing on the Omani Arabic dialect, to assist British personnel communicate with their Omani counterparts. The course has now observed hundreds of folks find out fundamentals of Arabic.

Capt Rachel Farnham, 29, who functions at DCSU, stated, “I’ve been really impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the interpreters who have worked tirelessly to help us communicate better with our Omani partners.”

The participation of these eight females coincides with Omani Women’s Day which falls on October 17 each year. It celebrates the function getting played by females in the improvement of Oman.

Rasha al Bahrani, who holds a degree in English Literature and Language, stated, “I feel inspired to go and learn more English after working here. I want to better my English language skills.”

The females come from various backgrounds and have studied in numerous nations such as Oman, New Zealand and the UK.

After their existing expertise as interpreters and language teachers, the eight females aspire to take up a variety of difficult roles, such as monetary accounting and chemical engineering.

Sabrah al Zakwani hopes to continue her study in geology following this stint. “I am looking for training opportunities relating to my degree in geology, particularly field work.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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