Moving to a new country to learn the language is a daunting experience. One of the most difficult aspects is the difference in the culture from one’s home country. Students sometimes have some expectations in their mind before arriving but can sometimes be pleasantly surprised by the culture in England. At ELC Brighton, we run a weekly Conversation Club as part of our social programme and this week we took the time to discuss this with students and learn about their experiences of life in England.
What did you expect?
Yomara from Colombia worried about the weather – “I expected the weather to be really bad, but it is not so bad”.
Adrian from Germany also had worries, but about the food – “I expected the food to be awful but I was surprised it is actually very nice!”
Observations about British culture
A few of the students spoke about how polite and friendly they found British people to be, they said that people they had met had impeccable manners, always saying please and thank you!
Favourite things about living in England
Antje from Germany is very happy living in England – “my favourite things is the culture and the friendly people that you meet everywhere, I also really like Brighton, it is a lovely city”
Rie from Japan was also impressed by Brighton – “I like the beautiful buildings in Brighton and I also really like the sea. In my town in Japan I am also close to the sea so it is really nice for me”
Biggest difference from back home
Rie is very impressed by the frequency of buses here in Brighton. She said that back home there is only one bus every half hour or so while here there is one every few minutes!
Yomara spoke out about how much safer she feels in Brighton compared to back in Colombia, she said that she feels safe on the streets even during the nights and feels a lot more secure when her children are out alone.