Meet Leticia from Spain
So, what made you want to come to England to study English?
Basically, because I need English for the future for work and English is very important in my country. England is really close, it’s easy to get to and stay longer than other English-speaking countries. My brother was here in England last year and he really enjoyed it, so that influenced me to come here too.
I came to Christchurch because it is a small town and there are less Spanish speakers around than in a larger city.
Was England as you expected?
Yes and no. Yes because it rains a lot – the weather is what I expected. But the people are nicer than what I expected. In Spain people think English people are really cold, but in my experience here they are open and kind. The food is not as bad as I was expecting – my host mother cooks really well!
One thing that I find difficult to get used to is that the opening hours of shops and life in the street is very different to Spain. Things close so early here in comparison to Spain!
How was your experience of living with an English family?
My experience was really really good. They care for me like I’m part of their family and they try to help me with everything, like my school work and my life here in general. They know that I really value good food, so they really try to give me what I like. I get on really well with the family and we do lots of stuff together, such as going to the beach and shopping.
What’s the most memorable moment of your time here in England?
I was walking down the street here in Christchurch one day and a lady that I didn’t know stopped me to have a conversation. She asked me what I was doing here and how I was doing etc, which surprised me, because in Madrid it’s really busy, so people don’t stop and take the time to speak with you. So it made me feel like someone cared about me.
Another memorable moment was my trip to London. I find this city amazing! I really liked Camden Town because of the ambience and life there.
Is there anything you’d like to warn other students that are thinking of coming to England about?
I know that it’s difficult to face your fears and go somewhere that doesn’t speak your mother language and that has another culture, but it’s really good to learn English and experience new things which help you grow.
If you also want to earn a bit of money you can work at the same time as you are learning English. If you don’t need to earn money you can also do voluntary work, which I did. It was a great experience, because at the same time as helping other people, they were helping me to improve my English.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Although it’s sometimes hard with students coming and going from the school, I learn so much from the all of them, because of all the different cultures and nationalities. I thought that everyone would think like me, but it’s not like that!