I was on a train between cities, travelling for business meetings, when one row ahead and across the aisle I heard a mother talking with a young boy seated next to her. They were speaking in Arabic with some English mixed in and although I was trying not to ‘eavesdrop’ on their conversation, the train was quiet and they were pretty close and not whispering.

I quickly realized that they were talking about books that the young boy was reading. This caught my interest because he sounded like a bright young man. I then heard that some of the books were part of his school assignments and others he just liked to read. For the moment, his mother was directing the conversation toward his school reading and he was telling her about some of the stories. He seemed pretty energized about some of the stories and a few of the characters he had come across.

I found his enthusiasm both interesting and cute that he was excited about reading and his retelling of a few of the tales. It kind of helps restore your faith in humanity after watching too much news every day! That some bright young people will continue to come along to help make this world a better place. Perhaps that’s a bit of optimism, but it’s just a feeling when you happen across a simple situation like this.

It was at this point that he pulled out his tablet and turned it on. I could see from a row behind and across the aisle that he opened the Nahla wa Nahil app and one of the stories in his list. Nahla wa Nahil is the app that we have been so ardently working on as a team. To see the positive reinforcement, it had on the kid, made me feel that we have achieved exactly what we aimed at.

He proceeded during the journey to spend his time reading his story, then answering some questions, listening to spoken audio through his headphones and recording his spoken phrases from his activities.

At this point we came to my stop on this train journey and I gathered my belongings to depart. I took a quick glance at his tablet screen as I went by and saw that he was on to another story. I gave a quick smile and a nod to his mother, and the young boy as they looked up at me on my way past them. He quickly went back to his reading. I smiled as I left the train.

Nahla wa Nahil is the leading Arabic language reading and comprehension resource for grades K-5, and the #1 Arabic language literacy app that both educates and entertains students and children between the ages of 4 and 11. More than 800 leveled Arabic books from the Middle East’s leading educational publishers, plus thousands of corresponding video lessons and resources support instruction, and foster engagement and critical thinking.

GESS Education Award winner in 2019 as 'Best Primary Resource,' Nahla wa Nahil was created by Arabic language teachers to ensure that K-5 students at all reading levels have access to the appropriate resources they need to improve their Arabic reading and comprehension skills.

I don’t know where this mother and son were travelling to, but, I know that I had a very good feeling about the long-term success of their journey with this young guy off to such a great start!

Nahla wa Nahil App, 'School' and 'Home' editions in one App!


On top of being accessible 24/7 via the web, Nahla wa Nahil also delivers reading access through its free app, meaning your students and children can read and take quizzes on their iOS or Android tablets - anytime, anywhere – at home or on the go.

•  More than 800 Arabic eBooks from the Arab world’s leading publishers.
•  Bilingual interface: Easily switch between Arabic and English.
•  Gamification: Gaming characteristics enhance the reading and learning experience.
•  Hundreds of audio books.
•  “Clicking-on-the-word” Listening to the word helps a child’s fluency and improved reading level.

While reading Arabic educational stories, kids can have fun while learning!


To get started with the app:

  1. Search for Nahla wa Nahil on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. (Alternatively, you can open the camera of your device and scan the QR code on the screen provided by Nahla wa Nahil. Follow the links and reach the store.)
  2. Once successfully downloaded, open the App.
  3. If you are a STUDENT, Log in with the account provided by the school (the same as per the web access).
  4. If you are an INDIVIDUAL, On the login screen choose to sign in.
  5. Select the plan that suits your preference.
  6. Enter the parent full name, email address and country then click 'Next'.
  7. Create your account and choose your avatar then click 'Next'.
  8. Select a picture as a future password. Don't forget your choice!

That’s it! You are successfully registered and logged in!