Hello! I’m Ai from Japan, a student ambassador in EC English School Manchester. Since this is my first entry, let me write about some advantages of studying at here.
Some people may think studying abroad is overrated, but I think it’s actually worth enough to pay. First of all, by talking, listening and reading in class, we get chances to think about various things that we usually don’t think about. It lets us find the right way to express our thinking so that we improve our skills! I think this is why attending classes is the fastest way to make progress.
It is sometimes difficult to study in the multi-cultural environment, we must try something different from what we usually do in our home countries. For me, I simply try to talk more and find topics for chit-chatting. In Japan, stereotypically it is said people are reserved so I train myself to be more talkative to have conversation with new friends. It results in improving our skills for interpersonal communication which is important in any situation in the future!
As an illustration, I had a classmate who seemed not comfortable talking with me, however, after keep talking and sharing my opinions, we became good friends! We went to café, had a tea together and talked a lot. It is such a simple thing and sounds very normal but the fact that we overcame the invisible wall between us was a big achievement for me!
Finally what I really like about our school is we can learn special Mancunian language from native teachers! It’s difficult to copy their pronunciation but if I can manage it in the end, it should be the best gain of study. Also, we hear their English outside of school every day and feel their friendly atmosphere. This is a privilege of studying here!
It sounds like I have written normal and typical things, but I do think it is one of the best experiences you can have as an international student! I’m going to have more fun until I finish studying here and hopefully, I will write more blogs sometimes!