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Embassy English 16 December 2015 - by Nita Yukseloglu, Teacher, Embassy Auckland

Find out about English immersion in New Zealand: Watch Ryan’s Video Interiew

Meet Ryan.   He’s a busy  analyst from Brazil, but is currently taking a General English course at Embassy Auckland.  Here, Ryan takes some time out from class to chat to his English teacher, Nita about his experience of English immersion in New Zealand.  Read the highlights and watch the full length video below.

Can you please introduce yourself?

My name is Ryan, I’m from Brazil and I’m 33 years old.  I work as an analyst.

What level were you when you started here at Embassy?

I was put in the advanced class. I thought I would be in the Upper-Intermediate class.

Why did you want to study English abroad?

I think it’s a good opportunity to meet other people from different cultural perspectives. I like to have contact with different cultures and traditions. It’s my second time studying abroad, so I really love this kind of experience.

Have you made many friends from other countries here?

Yeah, I’ve met some guys from China, Korea, Colombia, Brazil…

Why did you choose Embassy in particular?

A friend of mine studied at Embassy Sydney and he told me a lot about Embassy and I really liked the methods that they use here, so I selected the school myself.

What’s the best thing about studying English here?

I think the best thing about learning English in New Zealand, or here at Embassy, is that you can immerse yourself in the culture, and you can have contact with locals, and experience other kinds of English, because sometimes it’s very different from the English that they speak in England, or in the USA. For me, it’s really new. It’s like a new world for me.

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

I think it’ll help me in my job, because usually I have to read some articles and some research in English. I think English is the most-used language in the world, so I think it’s very important for my job. It’s very important because when I travel, I need English to communicate.

What do you plan to do after your English course?

I’m going back to Brazil so I will continue studying English, of course. I’m going to try and improve my English there, and maybe in a couple of years I can go to another country that speaks English and do another course like one.

What has surprised you most about this experience?

I think everything has really surprised me, because I didn’t know too much about New Zealand, everything was so new. I didn’t know the culture, and I had never thought about how life is in New Zealand, so for me everything’s so surprising. I didn’t think it would be so impressive. The weather, the landscapes…

English immersion in New Zealand

You like the weather here?

Yeah, I think it’s very good. it’s very beautiful.  Very different from Brazil. So for me it’s quite impressive.

What do you think of the local food?

The food… it takes some time to get used to. Of course, you are in a different country so you have to get used to it. But I think Auckland is an international city, so there are many different types of cuisine. I think there are many options for any kind of taste or budget, so I really like it.

What’s your favourite word or phrase in English?

I think “travel”. For me, it’s the most important word, because usually I have more contact with English when I travel, and I really love to travel, so it’s very important.

Any additional thoughts?

I really like this school because it has a lot of good teachers and people from  different backgrounds. It’s got many kinds of activities and extra classes and I really like that. So I think coming here was a good thing to do, and I really like this experience.

There are many ways to learn English, but one of the most effective is to live in an English-speaking country.   English immersion in New Zealand, or any English-speaking country, combined with an English language course can be a really effective way to improve your English skills in a short-space of time.

Ryan took a General English Semi-Intensive English course with an Advanced IELTS elective. His course started at the end of October and will finish later this month in December.  If you’d like to find out more about English courses in New Zealand, please contact us to find an English Course suitable for your level.

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