Meet Ally Liu from China
So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
Half the reason was to come for a vacation and half was to learn a bit more English. I use English every day in my job. I was introduced to CELC by a man called Adam (originally from Bournemouth), who is a teacher in my company back in China. He recommended this area and school for studying English.
Was England as you expected?
Yes, kind of like what I saw on TV and in books before. I went to London last weekend and there were people from all over the world. It’s a modern city with people from everywhere. The buildings weren’t as tall as I was expecting! I imagined it to be more like New York, but the buildings were older and lower than I expected. The people are nice and friendly.
How was your experience of living with an English family?
My host family is very nice. They treat me like part of the family, asking if I’ve slept well, etc. They give us a lot of attention, checking if we’re okay. If I came back here with a friend, I would introduce them to my host mother.
Even though my host mother is an older lady, she is still elegant, dressing well and wearing make-up. This left an impression on me that English people are good at taking care of themselves.
What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
Church is very important for English people. The first day I went to Church with my host mother and before every meal she prays. It’s not like that in China. The weather! One moment it can be raining and the next moment it can be sunny! I’m joking, but it’s also true!
The teachers were really helpful and made the lessons interesting. The teachers in China are not like that! It’s more personal here and the teachers joke around, which I like. It’s more relaxed so I don’t feel so nervous in lessons to answer questions.
Is there anything you’d like to warn other students that are thinking of coming to England about?
The culture – it’s good to understand that before you come. There’s so much history to learn and see when you’re here. London is a beautiful – you should visit if you come. The pace of life in London is not as fast as in New York. Christchurch is very peaceful. It’s a good place to have a vacation.
If you really want to learn English, then this school is the right choice.