Edmontonians working with Syrian refugees had a crash course in basic Arabic on Saturday.

The group Edmonton Refugee Volunteers held a workshop at the University of Alberta to help volunteers communicate with refugee families.

“When you come from another culture and you are trying to integrate into another culture, if somebody comes and talks to you in your language and says ‘hello’ it will make you feel so welcome. It will make you feel so comfortable and like you belong to part of the community,” said Julie Kamal with Edmonton Refugee Volunteer.

Saturday was the second lesson held in Edmonton for volunteers.

People who couldn’t attend in person were also invited to join through Skype.

Edmonton Refugee Volunteers has been helping out refugees directly and providing support to other organizations.

The group is also hosting mental health sensitivity training workshops for volunteers.