Meet Ingrid from Panama

So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
I wanted to learn English; it is the first language in the world and is very important for me .  I like English pronunciation – I was was offered Canada or here, so I chose here.

Was England as you expected?
At first it was very difficult because I didn’t speak nothing; I didn’t understand anything.  I felt sad sometimes – when people asked me something I didn’t answer because I didn’t understand.  But now I can keep any conversation with someone, which is very important for me.  I feel very happy with myself because I think I have learned a lot here in a short time.  I never believed I could speak English in 6 months, but I have done it!

How was your experience of living with an English family?
I love my host family, they are very polite with me; they help me every day.  I remember my first month or two, my host mother, wrote for me on pieces of paper every day any words that I didn’t understand.  She taught me lots of words.  She helped me a lot; I love her.  She cooked very well and always asked me what I wanted, she was very generous – she cooked rice just for me.  She is lovely.  My host father is also a funny man, I love him too!

I have mixed emotions now; I am happy that I am going home to my country and my family, but I am going to miss the people here.  I hope to return some day, because I love England.

What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
This has been the best experience in my life and I loved all of it.  I have never lived in another country for so much time.  If I had to choose one thing, Durdle Door was the most beautiful place for me.

I feel very grateful with everybody here; thanks for everything – for your patience, for your dedication, for making me at home.

Is there anything you’d like to warn other students who are thinking of coming to England about?
It is very different because people drive on the left in England.  Also, you need good warm clothes because it is cold sometimes.