Comprehension-based™ Reader
Hanan "Namika" Hamdi looks neither like a typical German nor a typical rap singer, but she comes to realize that having two cultures is a gift.

Level 3 and up / Novice Mid — Intermediate Low

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Hanan Hamdi is anything but ordinary! Born in Germany to Moroccan parents, Hanan looks neither like a typical German nor a typical rap singer. Growing up in Germany different and without a father, Hanan struggles with her identity. In Germany, she is "the Moroccan," and in Morocco, she is "the German." Learn how she comes to understand that having two cultures is a precious gift. Hanan’s love of music helps her find herself, and her music communicates powerful messages of acceptance, love, and family.

As Namika, Hanan would later give many interviews about her background and upbringing. This book is based on those interviews as well as on the song lyrics she writes. After all, the name Namika means "the writer."

This Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘Namika’, strategically weaves high-frequency structures into a compelling story that will naturally facilitate the acquisition of both present and past tense. Even upper-level language students need repeated exposure to language structures in order to acquire them, and Fluency Matters’ intermediate readers maintain a high-frequency factor of high-level language structures, thus helping learners progress beyond typical proficiency levels.


  • Level 3 and up
  • Present tense
  • Unique word count: 300
  • Total word count: 4780
  • Page count: 68
  • Audio recording embedded in the Student and Teacher Bundles
  • A 381-page Teacher's Guide is also available!
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