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Embassy Alumni 28 February 2017 - by Yujin Ha, Student, Embassy English New york

English in Action: Yujin Ha from South Korea

Students choose to study at Embassy not only to learn English in the classroom, but also to gain invaluable language skills in real-world settings. Many of our international students are interested in gaining confidence and fluency in English to advance their careers to the next level. Our English in Action program in the USA is a 4-8 week course where students perfect their language skills with an unpaid placement in a US business, community or educational organisation. This week, we caught up with EIA student  Yujin Ha from South Korea to learn more about her English in Action experience in New York City.

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Tell us about yourself!

My name is Yujin Ha, and I am from South Korea! I was a university student in Korea, and for the New Year, I wanted to have the special vacation for myself. So I chose to come to NY and see the Time Square ball with my mom!

But since we couldn’t see each other for 2 years, she wanted me to stay longer. I decided to stay with her for 2 months, and study more English!

What was your level of English before you started Embassy?

I was in 4th level, which is intermediate level. I had a lot of fun with my class for a month and I loved it!

Why did you want to learn English abroad?

English is very important in Korea for school, job, and everything! I used to be good at English when I was an exchange student in USA (which was a long time ago), but I haven’t used it for a while, so I almost forgot.I felt terrible whenever I think of that, so I decided to learn English and get to be good at English again.

Also, as I said, I chose to stay NY for 2 months, but I didn’t want to stay home alone or just watching K-Drama just like I did in Korea. 😛 I wanted to make new friends and travel with them!

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What made you choose Embassy English?

I decided to go to language school, so I can make new friends, and travel with them! While I was searching, I saw Embassy English has a special program, what’s called, “English in Action”.

I am turning to senior when I go back to Korea, so I pretty much need to learn about resume writing and need more experiences. I thought it would be perfect experience for me, so I chose to go to Embassy English.

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

Since I am working with native speakers, I am getting comfortable with using English.

If I was studying by myself, I would never get comfortable with hearing jokes or speaking with a person who talks fast. I was always proud to myself when I felt that.

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Why did you choose the English in Action programme?

What I wanted is not only learning English, but also getting used to English. If I don’t get to use English as much as I learned, I would forget everything quickly.

So I thought it is important to get a chance to use English every day. But just walking alone and talking with some clerks wasn’t enough.

I was searching for something more special than that, and I saw this program, which can be useful for not only English, but also my future! I thought this program can help me for my resume writing and would be a perfect experience.

How has your English improved during your English in Action programme?

Speaking and listening have much improved during program. I always got chances to speak and listen, and I loved how I am getting better day by day!

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How is English in Action valuable for your future?

English is always important in Korea, so it is very valuable for present and the future! Also, this will be a good experience for my resume.

Not many people get the chance to have professional experience in America or New York!

What kinds of tasks were you asked to help with during English in Action?

I helped making changes in Embassy Centre Guides. I had never got any chance to use InDesign program, so it was hard at the first time, but people helped me to get used to it every day!

Would you recommend the English in Action programme?

I wish I’m the only one who knows this awesome program, but I want to be a nice person! So of course! I would recommend this program and Embassy English to people who are having trouble with choosing their language school.

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What do you plan to do after your English course?

I am going back to Korea the week after the last day of my English in Action programme, so I’ll go back to my school and finish my senior year!

What’s your favourite word or phrase in English?

No pain, No gain!”

I think this is the phrase which describes my life. We also have this phrase in Korea, but I love how it rhymes perfectly!


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