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A Syrian who could hardly speak a of English two years ago has just passed his high school exams in Australia with colours. Saad Al-Kaab, 19, has just graduated with the top at one of Australia's biggest high schools. His overall grades put him in the top 4 per cent of all in Melbourne. Saad fled the war in Syria to start a new life in Australia. He said: "Coming to a place where you don't know how to speak, where you don't understand - it was really hard…because it just felt ." He added: "It really makes me sad to think that I have friends in my school back in Syria who were as good as me, but who didn't have the that I've had."

Saad said that he tried to learn English from his for his first two months in Australia. Then he started to watch a popular programme on television. It is a broadcast of Australia's politicians questioning their prime minister about the issues of the . He explained how the show helped his English. He said: "They use the best, language in parliament. They speak slowly and you can find the words." He said it was very different to Syrian politicians and parliament, where, " they do is clap". Saad is very of his new . He said: "I just want to say thank you so to Australia for giving me the opportunity. It's revived me and given me a new ."

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