An Enthusiastic Language Learner, YouTuber and Language Facilitator:
Kalsoom Syed is a talented linguist, YouTuber, and multipotential creative soul with a love of languages who likes to challenge herself constantly. Moreover, she is the one who has over 600 hours of experience facilitating professionals in 23 countries. Moreover, Kalsoom becomes a YouTuber for her audience. She offers strategies and tools for learning multiple languages as well as learning how to learn.
Kalsoom, who inspired you to start a channel?
There were a lot of inspirations, but four YouTubers inspired me the most. Two of them are Eva Zu Beck and Joe Hattab. They create short documentary-style content related to travel, cultures around the world. These YouTubers show the side of the world that you do not get to see very often.
The third one is Nathanial Drew. He talks about mental clarity and is multilingual as well. Lastly, Ali Abdaal is all about productivity, learning, and growing. Besides YouTubers, this fantastic opportunity was not around a decade ago. Now I have my own space where I can showcase my ideas and thoughts. I can create something I am passionate about and share it with the world.
What are the aims of your channel?
I currently aim to share resources for spoken English and Arabic. I also want to share about my journey of learning different languages. Furthermore, I want to show how I work on my skill-sets to create quality educational content.
What are the three main qualities of you as a language teacher?
Patience, highly interactive sessions, and discussions with language learners are always related to their interests. This way, the learners always feel uplifted and motivated when we end the conversations. As motivation and confidence are a considerable part of language learning progress, I create an environment where they can feel comfortable.
However, I would like to point out that I prefer to call myself a language facilitator instead of a teacher. It is because I help people build their confidence to speak the language in different situations. Additionally, I correct their grammar if necessary and providing them with better vocabulary where needed.
What are the three unique things about your channel?
For now, I can only think of language learning with memes. In the future, there will be a lot of collaboration of fields and a variety of ideas.
Why do you choose to become a language learner and teacher?
Kalsoom Syed: My obsession with languages started when I was in High School. I came across a video of a polyglot, Tim Donor, in which he spoke 20 languages. The fact that he taught himself all those languages was highly fascinating. Gradually I started learning languages by myself, and it became a part of my life. I set a goal for myself that I would be able to speak at least ten languages one day.
On the other hand, becoming a teacher, or as I like to put it, facilitator, was never my intention. It happened randomly one day when one of my friends suggested signing up on a language learning/teaching website. I decided to give it a try and ended up loving the experience.
Why do you choose to teach Arabic?
Despite being born and raised in Saudi Arabia, I did not have many opportunities to learn conversational Arabic. I studied in a Pakistani school and grew up with 400 to 500 people who spoke Urdu or Punjabi. Even though I understood Arabic to some extent, I could only express a few sentences in it.
I tried learning it from YouTube, just how I learned English. However, content related to learning Spoken Arabic was not readily available. Now I am sharing as much as I know about Spoken Arabic to help that little girl I once was. I am trying for her to learn languages and without knowing where to find Arabic resources.
What do you think the most rewarding thing for your viewers?
My viewers would be the best people to ask this question. However, I hope anything that I create would add value to their life. It is because when you tell someone to watch a video, that person is investing their time. It would be best if you did not waste their time.
What do you hope to achieve with your channel?
I can create a community and meet with people who have the same interest as me. Hopefully, I might make my dream come true of creating documentaries in the future.
Do you have advice for beginners?
Read more books. Expand your skill-set, and start creating something you are passionate about. Post it and gradually make it better. Moreover, you need to read Show Your Work by Austin Kleon to get answers to tricky questions when you are starting something.
Take From the Interview:
Kalsoom Syed used to struggle with the English language. It is such a moment of achievement when language learners tell their stories of speaking in English fluently. They realise later on that they did not get stuck at any point after some time. The smile on their faces and confidence in their voices makes Kalsoom’s day.