Watcha Up to..? Ziya Emir

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. Today we say “Merhaba” to a special student who was in my High Intermediate class last week. He was one of the special gems in that class, because he brought a wonderful sense of maturity to our discussions, despite his tender age. Here’s Ziya’s story! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC    Hello, I’m Ziya Emir from İzmir,Turkey. I’ve been to EC Cape Town (which has got most lovely teachers, friends and The Big Heart, Abdul) last July to September. I started at Intermediate level and finished at High Intermediate. During my first week I didn’t talk so much to other students and also my teachers cause I was thinking about that if I speak I would make a mistake. Then my host family and my teachers encouraged me for speaking. After few days I realized something: Damn! I was speaking English as like as my mother tongue! Okay truthfully I was working on it. Believe me my friends when you start to speak English, besides this you become to feel more confident and realize that you are able to achieve what you want in this life. Furthermore I have some great memories like this: While I was studying in Cape Town, we celebrated Madiba’s Day. We went to out to distribute some food to people who need it. It was a really different experience for … Read more

Watcha Up to..? Pamela Floriano

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. Today we say a warm “hello to Pamela from Brazil. She describes her feeling about learning English the same way I describe what it feels like to be a teacher and to see development with my students on a daily basis. It’s simply MAGICAL 🙂 ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC    Hello, I´am Pamela Floriano from Porto Alegre, south of Brazil. I had been in Cape Town for six months. I started at EC Cape Town in February 2012 at Beginner level and finished at Intermediate level in August. When I arrived in Cape Town I couldn’t introduce myself in English. After two or three weeks I was speaking with my classmates. It is so amazing.. is like magic – one day you don’t understand nothing, and in another day you are speaking in English with people from different countries. You feeling like have no limits to the communication. My boyfriend is Brazilian and traveled to CT with me. That was good in the beginning, because he knows more than me to speak English and help me learn every time when I was not in the school. But after some time is better to forget the native language just for the time when you want to learn a new language. When we think in English, it is easier to speak, write and read in English. I´m a Journalism … Read more

Watcha Up to..? Yasar Artar

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. In this segment, we say MERHABA to our former Turkish student, Yasar Artar. He had a really great adventure after he spent some time with us at EC Cape Town. Read on for his story! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC      I’m  Yasar from Turkey. I have been at EC Cape Town for a short period of time! Even though I have been to there for 5 weeks, I had a great and interesting time. Also, when I was there, I wasn’t alone, at all. My younger brother was accompanying me. I landed in Cape Town in a gloomy day, it was around the beginning of July. At that time I felt little bit fear. It was my first abroad experience!  After settling down, I went to school and did some tests. After all these procedures I managed to start from Intermediate. I can say that without hesitating, EC Cape Town is like a small family. Once the classes had started, I have never felt lonely, at all. Classes are small and heart-warming! All the teachers care about you and you can speak to them whenever you need! Currently, I am studying my MBA degree in Japan in English. What I obtained in EC Cape Town not only English language skills but also confidence to move further in the life. If you ask me that what … Read more

Watcha Up to..? Beatriz Hypolito

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. In this segment, we say hi again to Beatriz from Brazil! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC  Hello, I´m Beatriz from São Paulo, Brazil. My first day at EC Cape Town was June 24th of 2013, It was a cold and rainy day, a typical winter day at the city.  I started at Advanced level and stayed in it until my last day there, August 16th of 2013. This was the first time that I made an exchange course, so, I was really surprised of been in a high level just by studying English in my own country. As I´m a really talkative person, not shy at all and really interested in different cultures, for me it was easy to make new friends. In my very first day I went out with many people that I had just met at school, people I still have contact and that I talk to almost every day, and that I can say…are my friends for life. I do really miss all my experience at Cape Town, and I have to say that it wouldn´t be the same without the classes at EC. There are two special things that I really miss as a EC student: the Certificate Ceremony every Friday is the first one. I was always crying about seen someone leaving, but it was really special to listen … Read more

Watcha Up To..? Mirella Bolognesi

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. In this segment, we say hi again to the lovely Mirella from Brazil! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC     Hello! My name is Mirella Bolognesi, I have 28 years old and I am from São Paulo, Brazil. I got to say that I have spent the most amazing time on EC Cape Town in June 2013 at Advanced and Business class. I’m in Public Relations and my bullet point when I decided to go to South Africa was that I had a very small time (30 days only) and I really needed to improve my English as well as get to know a different country, some of the things that I try to do each and every year, especially on vacation. When I arrived in South Africa, instantly I’ve met a few great people at the airport and since I’m a very communicative person we became friends at that point. Certainly that day made me feel more confident and secure about my choice. Definitely, my best memory from EC Cape Town are all the people that I’ve met, teachers and colleagues. I will never forget the opportunity to be in an environment with mixed cultures (Brazil, Angola, Africa, Libya, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Colombia, Turkey…), it feels boundless to live in a place like that and I really loved, because I’m also from an … Read more

Watcha Up To..? Cristina Tarradellas

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. In this segment, we travel to Barcelona and say HOLA! to Cristina! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC Watcha Up To? Hello, My name is Cristina and I’m from Barcelona. In June of 2012 I went alone to travel to several countries in southern Africa, but when I visited Cape Town,  I fell in love with this city. So, when I finished my trip, I went back to live for a while in Cape Town. I started to study at EC School because a friend of mine from Barcelona recommended it. He told me that EC is so good.  I was in Pre-Intermediate level for two months. I learned a lot in school, I met very good friends. After five months in Africa, I went back to Spain. I ‘m currently looking for a job, but in my country there is a great crisis. So maybe I will return to Cape Town because I think that it is a wonderful place to live. Cristina was a General English student at EC Cape Town

Watcha Up To..? Rafaela Ribeiro

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. I remember Rafaela so fondly. She always participated in class discussions and brought a lovely sense of energy to those around her. I’m delighted that this lovely lady graces our blog in today’s feature.! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC Watcha Up To? Hi, my name is Rafaela and I’m from São Paulo, Brazil. I started at EC Cape Town in July 2013 at Pre-Intermediate level and finished at Intermediate level. When I arrived I was try improved my English, and in my first week I was a little confused, because I was want speak English. But in my first week I was made some friends in my classroom and they help me improved my English. My teachers help me a lot too. This experience makes me other person, because I learned new things, new peoples, new cultures. Now I’m have other mind, without prejudices. EC Cape Town was for me like a mother and I felt great there. I made friends around the world and we talked today. The best experience for my life and I recommended EC and Cape Town city is amazing! I just have to thank you for meeting wonderful people. Rafaela was a Cape Town General English 20 student

Watcha Up To..? Yong Choi

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. Geun-yong Choi from South Korea was a lively character who spent six months with us at EC Cape Town. He really had a great experience and learned more than just English while he was here. Read more about him below! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC Watcha Up To? Hi, I’m Geun-yong Choi from Seoul, South Korea. My friends called me Yong. Now I study Criminal law at the University. I’ve studied at EC for 6 months from June to December. I started at Intermediate level and I finished at Upper-Intermediate. When I was there, I met many good friends from all of the world. When I arrived in South Africa. I didn’t know about the culture from other countries but after I knew their culture. I took the “Film Studies” class in the afternoon and it was awesome! We made short movie which I still have. I tried to make friends and if you want to do the same, then you should do this: Don’t be shy. Keep Smile. Don’t be afraid your English. They’re not native speakers and they know you are also not a native speaker. Try every time. The first time i didn’t know their culture so I had a mistake. But after I had many friends and still contact with them. In December I’m going to Switzerland to meet my friend. Never give up and don’t … Read more

Watcha Up To..? EC English Student “Igor Cuna”

What happens to our English language students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past EC English students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. Igor Cuna from Brazil was in Cape Town to study English for a very short time last year,  but left quite an impression on his friends and teachers at our EC Language School in South Africa. ~Sheetal Makhan / Academic Year Coordinator Watcha Up To? Hi, I’m Igor from Santos, Brazil. I started at EC School in April, 2013 at intermediate level, and finished in May, in the same level. After I finished studying, I spent more time in CT until end of July, but unfortunately not at EC School. Nevertheless, the EC school crew kept in touch with me, and helped me a lot. Included the teachers, diretor and specially the students. I never will forget them. Currently I live in a small city of São Paulo Coast, working as Physical educator in a school for intellectually disabled people. I love it!! Every person is different each other and when we travel, we can see a lot of different things. I think that this trip taught me how to handle these: with different culture, people, behavior. So lets travel again!!!!! (i hope soon) Igor was a General English 20 student __________________________________ Remember to follow us on Facebook or Twitter RELATED BLOG POSTS Watcha Up To?…Bora Mavinil Watcha Up To?…Fernando Casimiro

Watcha Up To…? Volkan Yaman

What happens to our students once they’ve left our doors for the last time and fly off into the horizon? Many of our students have gone on to do some pretty interesting things with their lives, and studying English as well as the overall experience of living in a foreign country, has a great deal to do with their success. “Watcha Up To?” showcases past students and have them share with us what they’re doing at the moment. Let’s say a very warm “Merhaba” to Volkan from Turkey and see what he’s been up to lately! ~Sheetal Makhan / AYC Watcha Up To? Hi. I am Volkan from Turkey. I have been in CT for six months between 18th November 2012 till 20th May 2013. When I  started to EC my level was Pre.Int  and at the end of this period I finished upper int. I wish I could get more time in CT but I had to come back to Turkey.I  am very happy to see  different cultures ,friends different activities. I had come to Cape Town to improve my English , it was very important and still important :). I think I got good ability and skills.For example specially correct writing, large Word memory, communication with people. I would like to say that I got confidence more than I have. You can’t buy it with Money  or rent it. Just studying, speaking. These are enough. Now, I work at the company that is also a manufacturer and  I am an exporter and salesman. I can use my English in my work.That is very big chance for me . It was my 3rd week in my job I  joined  to the fair because of my job. I spoke with costumers  English and I couldn’t see any problem.End of the fair I said myself WELL DONE VOLKAN 🙂 … Read more