In May 2015, two Arabic languages teachers in Palma de Mallorca decided to offer free classes as the refugee crisis grew. The public response was more than they expected. Yet nine months later, just 19 refugees have been welcomed by the Spanish government while the waiting list for the course continues to grow.
- 00:07 Empty hallway of school
- 00:12 Student walk up stairs of school
- 00:15 Empty classroom
- 00:20 Sign on noticeboard of 'Official School of Languages'
- 00:22 Two people walking in hallway of school
- 00:25 Female student looking down at paper
- 00:27 Female student shuffling paper and listening to teacher
- 00:29 Other students listening to teacher
- 00:31 Matias, teacher, talking up near blackboard
- 00:33 Female student listening to teacher
- 00:35 Myriam, director of studies, sat down: interview soundbite
- 00:39 Female student writes down notes
- 00:41 Myriam continues interview soundbite
- 00:44 Matias asks question to female students in Arabic
- 00:46 Female students get ready to respond to Matias question
- 00:48 Matias sat down: interview soundbite
- 00:51 Matias explains in front of blackboard
- 00:54 Female student smiles and interacts with male student
- 00:57 Two female students interact and smile
- 00:59 Matias continues interview soundbite
- 01:01 Female students asks Matias a question
- 01:10 Female student asks Matias a different question, Matias responds and gives answer
- 01:15 Matias stands at blackboard and gives explanation of meaning of ma' assalama
- 01:22 Black screen with final text
- 01:26 Credits number 1
- 01:32 Credits number 2
Matias Catalán, Arabic language teacher: 00:18 "Remember that 'ssshhh', is a..." 00:18 Police siren in background 00:18 Sound of chalk writing on blackboard
Matias Catalán, Arabic language teacher: 00:26 "...ssshh, like the Catalan 'x', as in xocolata,"
Matias Catalán, Arabic language teacher: 00:31 "tasharaffna, the same as shukran."
Myriam Frayle, Director of Language Studies: 00:35 "We want the students who do the course to at least be able to give a warm welcome to the Syrian refugees."
Matias Catalán, Arabic language teacher: 00:48 "If you speak to a child in a way that feels familiar, they'll feel more comfortable than if you speak in French, English or Standard Arabic."
(Arabic and Spanish)
Matias Catalán, Arabic language teacher: 01:16 "...ma' assalama, ma' assalama, ma' assalama..." 01:20 "What does it mean?" 01:21 "Goodbye."