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Embassy English 7 November 2017 - by Rina Taketomi, Student, Embassy English San Francisco

My Embassy Life: Rina from Japan at Embassy San Francisco


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. This week Japanese student Rina tells us more about her experience at Embassy San Francisco as part of our series, My Embassy Life.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Rina, and I’m from Japan. I’m a university student. I am majored in International Communication. After studying for three years, I decided to take a year off to study abroad because I would like to speak English well and make a lot of friends from different countries.

What course are you taking at Embassy?

I’m taking General English Standard Plus course.

What was your level of English before you started Embassy?

My entry level was 9, which is Intermediate. My current one is 15, which is Advanced.

Why did you want to learn English abroad?

I took some English classes at university as a requirement for my major. There were many opportunities that I was able to speak with native teachers of English, but I couldn’t speak as much as I desired. I wasn’t confident about my English. This is the reason why I decided to study overseas to improve my English.

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What made you choose Embassy English?

I went to some travel agencies to compare some language schools and choose a language school that suits me. They recommended some language schools, and I chose Embassy English because it has an English in Action program. I’m going to do job-hunting after I finish the program, and I thought it would be good for me.

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

I like my friends, the teachers and staff. They are the best. They’re all very nice and kind. Teachers and staff help me and my friends. They encourage us a lot. They motivate us to study English more.

What has helped you to improve your English the most?

I think speaking with friends and teachers. My weakest part was speaking, and I wanted to be more fluent. I can learn about vocabulary and grammar by myself, but I cannot improve my speaking without practicing to speak English. I like to talk and, speaking is necessary to talk with my friends. It has helped me a lot to improve my English.

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What has surprised you most about this experience?

What surprised me are my friends. There’s a big range of people in Embassy; people who are from various countries and also from teenagers to adult. They all have a purpose to study English and try hard every day. I like to talk with them because I could hear some amazing stories and opinions from them.

What’s your favourite memory so far?

I cannot choose one, every day is my favourite. Especially, the teachers who has taught me are very nice and unforgettable. I think my English has improved thanks to them.

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

I like an atmosphere in the school. People are smiling every day and saying hi to everyone. In a class, it is easy to say an opinion and talk with classmates. It makes us easy to participate to a class and focus on studying.

Writing about San Francisco, there are some famous places to visit not only inside of this city and also near it. It is close to Los Angeles and Las Vegas, which are famous cities in the US.

What does #EmbassyLife mean to you?

It has been great so far, and I am sure that it is going to be unforgettable memory. I sometimes faced some difficulties to improve my English because there is tons of vocabulary and phrases that I need to know. It was hard to get used to. Struggling with difficulties taught me that there’s no other way to make an effort to get over it. Embassy Life is an essential part of my life.

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

I think it will help me in two ways. First, People who go abroad to study second language are increasing these days in Japan. Also, using English is getting common at work. I think it will help me to get a job in the future. Second, I would like to travel many countries. It will help me to talk with local people, or order some dishes in some countries because people use it even though it is not mother tongue there.

What do you plan to do after your English course?

I am going to go back to Japan and start studying in my university again. I am also planning to do Internship at a company that I would like to work after graduating from my university before the spring semester begins.

What’s your favourite word or phrase in English?

“There’s nothing wrong with going nowhere, son. It’s a privilege of youth.”

This is from a movie, Fandango. There were these sentences in my favourite novel, which is quoted from the movie. I read the book 3 years ago, and it encouraged me to do whatever I want to do as long as I can.

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

I want to thank for my friends who pushed me to go and my teachers who have taught me. I wouldn’t be here without them. Especially, my first teacher made the class really fun, so I was easily able to join the class without being nervous.

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