Boy learns Arabic from tourists

Last update: 14/04/2019

LANGKAWI, April 14 (Bernama) -- Middle-eastern tourists who go to the  BC Nuri Floating Restaurant will be greeted by a 14-year-old boy who will tell them in Arabic about the fish and other marine life which are kept in cages there.

Muhammad Faris Izhar Mat Yusof’s command of the Arabic language, spoken with the right accent, never fails to impress the visitors.

Speaking to Bernama recently, the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Ayer Hangat student said he started picking up the language about a year ago.

Muhammad Faris Izhar said before working at the restaurant, he used to help out on boats which ferried tourists to the location at Tanjung Rhu on the island.

“When the skippers spoke to the tourists from the Middle East, I would listen and memorise the words. Then, when I started working here about a year ago, I picked up more Arabic words from colleagues,” he said.....