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Embassy English 13 October 2017 - by Jeff Jae-phil Lee, Student, Embassy English Cambridge

Meet Jeff: Student Ambassador to Embassy Cambridge


Embassy English Student Ambassadors participate in Orientation Day presentations and extracurricular activities, and they offer valuable advice about site-seeing, local cultural events, and adjusting to life far away from home. These Ambassadors act as a “buddy-system” for our  students, so that everyone has a peer who has already experienced Embassy and can be an adviser and new friend from day one.  This week, we caught up with Jeff Jae-phil Lee, our South Korean Student Ambassador to Embassy Cambridge

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Last year I resigned the cable TV broadcasting company that I had been working for 16 years, now I have been challenging to learn English at Embassy, Cambridge city, U.K.

What course are you taking at Embassy?

I am taking the 10-months General English course from around end of this February.

What was your level of English before you started Embassy?

Before coming here, I could hardly speak English except for isolated words. At first day at Embassy, I was allocated at pre-intermediate class and now I am in advanced class.

Why did you want to learn English abroad?

I thought the best way to learn foreign language is to go that country and I chose the U.K. Because it is a country in Europe where I wanted to visit once. While I live in here, I can entirely soak myself for 24 hours in an environment surrounded by English. Even though it will cost much money studying abroad, I believe it can save the time to improve English instead.

What made you choose Embassy English?

Actually, I had no idea this kind of school before. When I visited the agent’s office to inquire about studying abroad, my Korean agent introduced me the Embassy with showing some videos and brochures containing Embassy life. The special reason of choosing  Embassy Cambridge are because there are a lot of activities after school, students from the various nations, and being in the classic, historic, and beautiful city

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What did you like most about your school and host city?

Embassy Cambridge is located in quiet street, but not far to downtown. It gives me great help concentrating on study. As well, it takes only 20 minutes to commute school from home by bicycle. So I don’t need to pay the transport fare. This saves living expenses and becomes a proper exercise naturally.

Cambridge is the classic and historic city where have world-famous university and lots of of wide, green parks where various pleasant festivals is often held. This atmosphere in this city gives me burning desire to learn and makes me feel comfortable and relaxed. As well, it is a big pleasant to see high-quality, various street performances.

What’s your favorite memory so far?

One night, two weeks after I came here, I lost my wallet containing big cash, ID card, credit cards on the street as my fault. I was in panic and deeply discouraged at the fact it never returned to me. However, it returned dramatically again. Somebody picked it up, and sent me to the school by parcel. I was very impressed.

What are your top 3 favourite places in this city?

Jesus Green Park, Fitz Williams Museum and around of Grand Arcade.

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

I am really being satisfied with comfortable mood with the kind staff in school. First of all, staff give us a lot of interest if we have any problems or how our studying is going.

As well, I am pleased to make a lot of foreign friends. We are trying to be courteous to each other, it makes mood to study bright and cheerful. As well, we can practice speaking and listening through society with friends.

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What does #EmbassyLife mean to you?

It means challenge to overcome my limitations. I’d like to encourage myself who make an effort for the better future.

What has helped you to improve your English the most?

Living, itself in the U.K. All the moments of living, such as shopping, walking the street,  watching people in the park and chatting with friends are all good opportunities to improve English.

How do you think speaking English will help you in the future?

English can help me by extending my career or offering lots of options when launching my own business if I want. In addition, being able to communicate with foreign friends in English, I can enlarge my experience and apply for the volunteer for the international events.

What has surprised you most about the experience?

When I was in Korea, I was very curious about English lifestyle and way of thinking. What I felt while I’ve been living here is that the life of English people are thrifty and simple. Their clothes and hand-bags are not luxurious but practical. As well, they give kindness to social works such as disabled, homeless, stranger…etc. They looked to be rather considerate others. I was impressed by the high citizenship of British people.

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What do you plan to do after your English course?

There is one months between date of graduation of school and date of expiration of Visa. At that time I will travel European countries as many as possible.

What’s your favourite word or phrase in English?

“Better late than never.”

Who would you most like to say thank you to and why?

I’d like to say special thank to Helen. She is always kind to students, gave me an a lot of interest my English and my school life. She also listen to carefully students’ questions or difficulty and gives us proper advice and solutions

 

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