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, Ji-young from South Korea shares her experience studying English at Embassy London as part of our My Embassy Life series.
Hello, my name is Ji-young and I’m from South Korea. I’m 22 years old and I’m studying towards a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Seoul University. I’m now taking a gap year to travel and improve my English.
My dream has always been to work abroad, and that’s why about 4 months ago I decided to come to the UK. You may be wondering why the UK and not another English-speaking country… Well, I’ve always been fascinated by the British accent and I have always wanted to learn more about British culture.
I’ll be finishing my course at the end of January 2017 and my plan is to stay in the UK and find a job either in the catering sector or in a clothes shop. This way I could keep practising my English and I could also meet more English native speakers.
When I arrived at Embassy London I tested at intermediate level and was in the intermediate class for two months. That helped me build up my confidence and improve my accuracy both in writing and speaking.
At the beginning of October my English had already improved to an upper intermediate level and that’s when I moved into the IELTS class. I really enjoy this class as I get the chance to practise both my speaking and listening a lot, which is something we do not do at school in Korea!
I do not really need to take the IELTS examination, but I think I will as I like challenges and I also believe it may come handy in the future.
My number one suggestion when at Embassy Greenwich is to make the most of the social activity programme as it is a very good way of making friends and visiting interesting places in London.
I really enjoy musicals and I’ve already seen a few. My favourite one is The Lion King, but you are spoilt for choice when it comes to theatre shows and performances in London and I’m sure there is something to suit all tastes.
London is also great for shopping! I love Oxford Street, where you can find all sorts of stores, and Piccadilly Circus, where you can not only do some shopping but also find really good cinemas and theatre, as well as restaurants and bars.
When in London, you must try traditional British food, such as fish and chips and pies! They are delicious!
One of my top favourite places is Greenwich, and I’m so glad my school is in this part of London. Greenwich Park is a fabulous place where to have a picnic with friends and you can get some tasty food from the food stalls in Greenwich Market, which is on seven days a week.
The Royal Observatory and the Royal Maritime Museum are also very interesting and famous places to visit. I also love Hyde Park, where you can see a lot of wildlife, such as squirrels and ducks, and you can feed them.This is so unusual for a Korean person as in my country there are no wild animals in city parks. Also, if you are in Hyde Park you can rent out a little boat and go rowing in the Serpentine.
Another place I would recommend is Primrose Hill, which is a fantastic spot where you can have a picnic and enjoy breath-taking views of London.
The best memory that I’ll carry away with me at the end of my course is definitely all the friends I’ve made on the way. It’s amazing to meet so many international students, to learn about other countries and cultures, and to speak English all the time.
I would also like to thank all my teachers who have been extremely helpful and kind. When I arrived at Embassy Greenwich I was really self-conscious and shy, but they have been very supportive and have helped me come out of my shell! I must say the teachers at the school are all very professional and experienced, and the lessons are always fun and interesting.
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