Meet Piero from Ecuador
So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
First I wanted to experience a new culture, because I’m very used to the South American culture and I’d never been to Europe, so it was a very interesting trip for me. One day in class in Ecuador our English teacher told us about this trip and I wanted to come!
Was England as you expected?
Partially yes and also no. I knew people were really respectful, but not everybody is. I didn’t expect the castles to be so gorgeous and the history to be so interesting! I was expecting the prices to be higher than they are, but there are actually some things that are cheaper here than back in Ecuador. I didn’t expect to see snow, but I saw some on my first day!
How was your experience of living with an English family?
Very interesting! I think it depends on the family you have. At first they didn’t seem to be that affectionate, but they actually were. Eating here is very different. In Ecuador breakfast and lunch are bigger meals, but here the evening meal is the biggest. We often have chats together when we eat which is fun. We also play board games together like Monopoly. They have a really fat cat called Zoomie who is very funny!
What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
Maybe when we visited Corfe Castle – I really liked that! I prefer visiting the smaller towns than the bigger places. I liked London too though – the London Eye, Buckingham Palace and the place where they recorded ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. I loved seeing all the Cathedrals. They are amazing. Visiting Oxford was also a really fascinating experience, because when I heard people talking about Oxford University I imagined it differently. It had a really interesting history too. Bath was also really interesting. I didn’t know the Romans came to England to have their holidays.
Even though it was a bit tiring, Durdledoor was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my whole life!
Is there anything you’d like to warn other students who are thinking of coming to England about?
Bring lots of socks, because if you come in the colder period of the year you might get lots of rain and your socks will get wet! Also, don’t bring too much food because they eat a lot here so you won’t need it. Try to be polite! The big difference between England and Ecuador is crossing the road. It’s really different here – people won’t try to run you over here! Just wait for the light to turn green and cross.
Try to give 100% attention in class. Classes are more challenging here because it’s all in English. The teachers are really nice here!