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Embassy English 18 February 2016 - by Nataly Mora Zuluaga, Student, Embassy English Sydney

My Embassy Life: Nataly from Colombia & The Biggest English Lesson in the World


One of the greatest parts of being a student at Embassy English are the experiences. Students come to Embassy not only to improve their English language skills, but also to explore new parts of the world, to take part in diverse cultural activities, and to meet people from all over the globe. This week, Nataly from Colombia tells us more about her experience in Sydney and The Biggest English Lesson in the World as part of our series, My Embassy Life

Tell us about yourself! Where are you from and what were you doing before Embassy?

Hi I’m Nataly Mora from Bogota, Colombia. I graduated from dentistry and worked one year before coming to Australia. I wanted to come to Australia because of the warm weather, famous sights and landscapes and because I’d heard Australia is a multi-cultural country. I really wanted to meet people from around the world and get to know other cultures.

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 What course are you taking at Embassy?

When I first started in June, last year I was in Pre-Intermediate General English. Now I’m studying CAE and planning to do the exam in March.

 What was your level of English before you started Embassy?

I’d studied some English before I came here but found it difficult to learn another language in my own country where I didn’t have much opportunity to practice outside of class.  australia

Tell us about the event you attended.

I attended ‘The Biggest English Lesson’ at Bondi Beach in Sydney.  They were attempting to break the record for the largest number of nationalities taking part in an English lesson.

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Why did you want to take part in this activity?

It sounded like it would be a great experience, I thought why not? Looks fun! I also thought I might learn something new, meet people from others schools and I liked the idea of being at an event that could set  a world record!

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 What is your favourite memory from the activity?

There was a competition at the event where students were invited to get up on stage and remember a ‘rap’ from one of the previous lessons. The prize was a skydiving trip and I really wanted to win. I felt confident and it was exciting to be able to take part in the activity. It was so fun and all my fellow students and teachers encouraged me. I even surprised myself because I’m usually afraid to speak in public and it was the first time I’ve ever done anything like that!

“First I GOT UP, next  I  HAD a shower. Then I  SKYPED my mother. We TALKED for an hour! I TOOK a bus to BONDI, My friends MET  me. We WENT for a swim, And a lesson by the sea.”

What has surprised you most about this experience?

I didn’t expect to see so many people taking part in the event. I was also was surprised when they separated people into ‘country groups’ and there were sixty-two nationality groups represented, it was amazing!embassy english

Tell us about the friends that you have made at Embassy.

That’s been a really great part of my experience here. I have met so many people from so many countries, including a really good friend from Japan who I’m planning to go and visit after I leave Sydney. Until now I hadn’t even met anyone from Brazil (which is right next-door to my country). Now I have heaps of Brazilian friends. I also really enjoy being able to share my culture and learn about other cultures.

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 What do you like best about your host country?

The culture and people. People here are so polite. The bus drivers say hello and smile. People on the street look so relaxed, never stressed. Everybody is happy! Everything works too, like there is a bus schedule and the buses actually come on time. I also like that you can be yourself and express yourself and nobody gives you strange looks or thinks you’re crazy. For example, I remember last summer in Hyde Park people were sunbaking in the park in their swimsuits, I was so surprised!

Also, the landscape is amazing. I was also really surprised by how much water there is in Sydney. On my way to school I go over three bridges and it’s so beautiful.

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What’s the best thing about learning English with Embassy?

There are many things but I really like the structure of the lessons here. They’re not ‘lecture style’ like in my country. Here, students feel involved in the lesson because they’re so active and creative.  When I have fun I learn much more quickly. I almost learn without noticing because the lessons are so interesting. Also, the books we use in class are really good, very accessible and easy to understand. I think all the students enjoy learning English at Embassy Sydney.

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Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience at Embassy English?

If you have the opportunity to study abroad you should definitely take it. You not only get to learn a language but you can also develop yourself as a person and get to know another way of living. It really opens your mind to be able to think in a different in a way. I think coming here to study English was the best decision I’ve ever made.

To learn more about studying English in exciting Sydney, Australia, contact us today! 

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2 responses to “My Embassy Life: Nataly from Colombia & The Biggest English Lesson in the World”

  1. Embassy Sydney says:

    We are so proud of you Nataly! Such incredible progress: from Pre-Int to CAE in 30 weeks! 95% attendance! We’re glad to be part of your story and you part of ours.

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